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Learn About China in Your Homeschool

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China is the most populous country in the world.  With close to 1.5 billion people, it contains one-fifth of the population in the world. Its long history and varied geography make it a fascinating place to learn about.  Check out all the resources below and grab the FREE printable portion to learn about China!

Note: For ideas on how to organize your unit study and see the other 12 countries in this series, visit the Learn Countries of the World page.

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Printables to Learn About China

The printable portion of the unit study contains China Notebooking Pages, a Map Scavenger Hunt, a Following Directions activity, a math activity about Chinese currency, Famous People notebooking pages, and book summaries. Grab all 22 pages below and gain access to the printables from the other 12 unit studies, too!

Printable pages from China FREE unit study including place and people notebooking pages, map scavenger hunt and following directions.

 

Videos About China

10 facts to learn about China for elementary students (3:00 minutes)

These two videos give a good overview of Chinese history for older students.  (9-10 minutes each)

 

China also has many unique animals and here is a great video for introducing them.  (15 minutes)

You can also visit the pandas in China with The Travel Kids (7 minutes)

Research More About China

Kids World Travel Guide contains a lot of information to learn about China along with beautiful pictures.

Ducksters has a variety of information about China including information about the geography, economy, and government of China as well as famous Chinese people with links to learn more about some of them.  There are also several links to information about Ancient China.

National Geographic Kids has a slideshow of related pictures, fast facts, the history of China and more.

Cool Kid Facts has a narrative version of facts about China written in a larger font making it good place for younger children to learn.

Hands On Activities

Make a Chinese Rattle Drum. And check out this list of videos with Chinese drums.

Or try a Paper Lantern craft and check out the Chinese lantern festival.

This Chinese dragon puppet is super cute.  Watch a Dragon Dance competition.

Make Plum Blossoms with tissue paper.  Plum blossoms are a favorite flower in China and often can be seen in Chinese art work.  Cherry blossoms are also popular.  Here is a cherry blossom drawing video.

Terracotta Soldier: Watch this video and then make your own soldier with clay.

Or make a Chinese Zodiac Wheel.

Get some exercise in by trying some Kung Fu moves.

Make Chinese Food

Rice, soybeans, and a variety of vegetables are staples in Chinese food.

An easy dish to make with your children in Fried Rice.

The Spruce Eats has a variety of Chinese meat and vegetable dishes to go with your fried rice.

For dessert, try making your own Fortune Cookies!

For a variety of Chinese recipes, check out Red House Spice.

Famous Chinese People

Included in the printable portion of the unit study there are notebooking pages for the following famous people of China.  Here are some resources to research them:

Confucius: Research, Video

Sun Tzu: ResearchHere is a summary of the book he wrote. The book itself.

Mao Zedong: ResearchVideo

Dalai Lama: Research, Who is the Dalai Lama? bookVideo

Bruce Lee: Research, Who Was Bruce Lee? book, Video

Jack Ma, businessman: Research, Video

Yao Ming, basketball player: Research,  Video and video

Fan Bingbing, actress: Research

Jackie Chan: Research, Who Is Jackie Chan? book, Video

Play Chinese Music

Find a Chinese playlist on your favorite streaming service or listen to this collection from youtube.com.

Learn Chinese

Rock ‘N Learn offers 40 minutes videos for a variety of categories of Chinese words.  Aimed toward younger learners.

This a good beginner Chinese video to expose older students to common phrases.

Duolingo is another free way to learn Chinese.

Non-fiction Books to Learn About China

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All About China: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids (All About...countries)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Branscombe, Allison (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 64 Pages - 04/17/2018 (Publication Date) - Tuttle Publishing (Publisher)
Living in . . . China: Ready-to-Read Level 2
  • Perkins, Chloe (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 07/05/2016 (Publication Date) - Simon Spotlight (Publisher)
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The Emperor's Silent Army: Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China
  • Hardcover Book
  • O'Connor, Jane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 04/15/2002 (Publication Date) - Viking Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

 

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Where Is the Great Wall?
  • Demuth, Patricia Brennan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 02/05/2015 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)
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You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Great Wall of China! (Revised Edition) (You Wouldn't Want to…: History of the World)
  • Morley, Jacqueline (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 02/01/2017 (Publication Date) - Franklin Watts (Publisher)
The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History
  • Major, John S (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 03/08/1996 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

 

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DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient China: Discover the History of Imperial China―from the Great Wall to the Days of the La
  • Hardcover Book
  • Arthur Cotterell (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 72 Pages - 09/05/2005 (Publication Date) - DK Children (Publisher)
D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet (Discover the World)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Carol Crane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 08/01/2006 (Publication Date) - Sleeping Bear Press (Publisher)

 

Fiction Books About China

There are many children’s books set in China.  Here are a few chapter books to get you started.

Elementary grades:

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A Perfect Time for Pandas (Magic Tree House Merlin Mission)
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 07/22/2014 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)
Pandas and Other Endangered Species: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #20: A Perfect Time for Pandas
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 07/24/2012 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

 

Day of the Dragon King (Magic Tree House)
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 68 Pages - 04/20/1998 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)
China: Land of the Emperor's Great Wall: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #14: Day of the Dragon King (Magic Tree House (R) Fact Tracker)
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 12/23/2014 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

 

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Chee-Lin: A Giraffe's Journey
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Rumford, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 09/22/2008 (Publication Date) - HMH Books for Young Readers (Publisher)
The Year of the Panda
  • Schlein, Miriam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages - 10/30/1992 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

 

Homesick (Puffin Modern Classics)
  • Fritz, Jean (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 07/19/1999 (Publication Date) - Puffin Books (Publisher)
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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party
  • Compestine, Ying Chang (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages - 09/29/2009 (Publication Date) - Square Fish (Publisher)
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Year of the Tiger
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Lloyd, Allison (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 01/06/2010 (Publication Date) - Holiday House (Publisher)

Middle School:

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
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  • Lin, Grace (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

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Starry River of the Sky
  • Lin, Grace (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 02/11/2014 (Publication Date) - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

 

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Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
  • Jiang, Ji-li (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 01/30/2018 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)
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Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
  • Mah, Adeline Yen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 09/14/2010 (Publication Date) - Ember (Publisher)

 

Movies About China

PBS series The Story of China contains 6 episodes containing different aspects of Chinese history.

Pandas the Journey Home is a National Geographic film about pandas living in Wolong National Nature Reserve in China.  Available to rent on Amazon.

Born in China by Disneynature follows panda, golden monkey and snow leopard families in China.

The Karate Kid (2010) is about an American boy who moves to China and is appropriate for ages 9 and up.

Mulan (1998): Disney take on a Chinese fairy tale for ages 5 and up.

Seven Years in Tibet (1997) is about a mountaineer in Tibet who meets the Dalai Lama.  It can be rented through Amazon and is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) is an award winning martial arts movie available to rent through Amazon and appropriate for ages 12 and up.

“Go to” China

Here is a list of four museums in China with links to their virtual tours.

Check out one of these  12 webcams around China!

Or one these 18 webcams in China.

 

What other activities have you used to learn about China?

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