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The number of lesson plans available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all lesson resources relating to things Chinese. That would be impossible, as sites appear and disappear with astonishing rapidity.  The following provides some idea of what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point. 


*While many lesson plan sites have a subscription fee or otherwise sell their lesson plans (that is an additional feature of some of the sites found here)  all lesson plans and collections of lesson plans listed here are free.




Ancient China __ From basic to advanced, you will find lesson plans about ancient China drawn from around the Internet. - From 42explore2.com - http://www.42explore2.com/china.htm

Ancient China Lessons and Map Skills __ Students will study facts and a map to learn more about China, one of the world's oldest civilizations. Goals procedure materials. - From scholastic.com - http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/lessonplan.jsp?id=1098

Ancient China | Lesson Ideas __ No lesson plans as such, just some ideas. - From brainpopjr.com - http://www.brainpopjr.com/socialstudies/ancienthistory/ancientchina/grownups.weml

Ancient China Lesson Plan __ Lesson plan about ancient Chinese language. Goals and procedure. - From scribd.com - http://www.scribd.com/doc/53489607/Ancient-China-Lesson-Plan

Ancient China Lesson Plans __ You will find a collection of lesson plans about ancient China.  Goals, procedure and materials. - From mrdonn.org - http://china.mrdonn.org/lessonplans.html


Ancient China - Professional Development, Teaching Resources ... __ You will find a collection of lesson plans about ancient China (and a couple of other topics). - From studysphere.com - http://www.studysphere.com/Site/Sphere_9644.html

China, Chinese Lesson Plans __ Lesson plans from all periods of China's history with a goodly number about ancient China. - From teach-nology.com - http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/current_events/china/

EasyFunSchool - A Unit Study on Ancient China __ "Ancient China is an unusual unit study, not something that you normally see. Here are some ideas and activities to use to implement such a study."  Goals and procedures. - From easyfunschool.com - http://www.easyfunschool.com/article1684.html

Following the Great Wall of China __ In this lesson, explain the construction of the Great Wall as a product of the period in which it was built. Goals procedure. - From edsitement.neh.gov - http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=619

The Forbidden City __ Lesson plan about the Manchu Dynasty and the Forbidden City. Goals and procedure. - From discoveryeducation.com - http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/forbiddencity/

Great Wall of China - Lesson Plan Library __ Students will learn the roll of various dynasties in the construction of the Great Walls of China. Goals, procedure and materials. - From discoveryeducation.com - http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/greatwall/

The History of Chinese Inventions __ "Learn about ancient Chinese inventions and technology and the history of Chinese inventors."  REsources and lesson plans. - From about.com - http://inventors.about.com/od/chineseinventors/Chinese_Inventions.htm

Primary Source: Library: China Lesson Plans __ You will find a list of several lesson plans about ancient and contemporary China.  Goals, procedures and needed materials. - From primarysource.org - http://www.primarysource.org/library/cur_china.php

Summer Lesson Plan (Chinese Voyages) __ "During the Ming Dynasty, the Chinese government sent out fleets of sailing ships into the Indian Ocean--some going as far as the east coast of Africa and the Red Sea. Some ships, "Treasure Ships," were four hundred feet long, over four times the size of Christopher Columbus' flagship Santa Maria. These voyages took place from 1405 to 1444, about 80 years before Columbus' voyages."  Learn about the explorations and the explorers involved. Goals, procedure and materials. - From berkeley.edu - http://orias.berkeley.edu/pallop.html   

A Unified China __ "Students will identify Qin’s major goal as emperor: unify China...Students will determine the steps Qin took to unify China: money standard; measurement standard; system of bureaucracy... Students will evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of Qin’s approach to unification."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From teachers.net - http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/432.html 



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