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Creating a unit study (of sorts) on China...

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I've been doing a gentle China unit with my son. He's only 4 so he actually hasn't had much interest and we didn't do a ton of things. Not sure how old your others are so not sure which of these would work for them. Here are some of the things we did...or would have done had he not got bored too soon.


*Label a China map.

*Learn about Mt Everest and some of the people who climbed it. We found a cool video (I thought it was cool at least) about a blind man who climbed mt Everest. I found a "choose your own adventure" story for older kids that seemed fun. And my son loved the very silly picture book "Pog Climbs Mt Everest."

*Great Wall: watch a video about the Great Wall (I found a few on discovery education, maybe there is something on YouTube), find it on Google Earth and then make a "great wall" out of legos.

*Learn about inventions that came out of China (Look What Came From China! by Miles Harvey or do a Google search) and make your own compass or kite (http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/who-invented-the-kite/)

*Learn to count to ten in Chinese and learn about the art of calligraphy. Then get out the paints and paint your name or a word or two in Chinese (google search your name and you can find Chinese characters to copy). Great picture books about writing in Chinese are In the Park and In the Snow by Huy Von Lee.


National Geographic (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/) has some lesson plans for China but they are all a bit too high level for my son so we didn't actually do any of them. They look fantastic, though. Also, http://asiasociety.org/ is a good resource.

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