Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
- Y—Young (PreK-3rd)
- M—Middle (4th-6th)
- O—Older (7th-12th)
- T—Teacher Resources
Nations Online: China Country Profile
Nations Online has a complete database of resources for studying the people and places of China. It provides a brief overview as well as a comprehensive collection of resource websites to learn about China’s government, geography, environment, culture, business, tourism, and more.
National Parks in China
The Global Alliance of National Parks has cataloged all of the national parks in China, where you can learn about each park’s wildlife, landscapes, and visitor information.
China UNESCO World Heritage Sites
China is home to 57 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can find a description, maps, photos, and videos for each location.
Great Wall of China Virtual Tour
This special project by Google Arts & Culture combines 360° imagery, maps, history, and more into an in-depth interactive tour of the Great Wall of China. Learn about different towers along the wall, decode signatures and patterns on the bricks, explore different building techniques, and tons more.
From Silk to Oil: Cross Cultural Connections Along the Silk Roads
From Silk to Oil is a massive, free Chinese history and culture curriculum from the China Institute. It contains 23 units, consisting of lessons, written and visual documents, maps, tables, and a game. Topics include Chinese geography, religion, history, commerce, art, culture, and more. Designed for upper middle school to entry-level college students.
OSU Lesson Plans on China
The Ohio State University has a huge catalog of free K-12 lesson plans covering Chinese art & architecture, culture, economics, geography, history, language, literature, mathematics, politics, religion, science, and more.
ChinaX: China's Past, Present and Future
ChinaX is a free online course from Harvard that looks at Chinese history and modern culture, using recorded lectures, art, books, interactive maps, and more.
Teaching China with the Smithsonian
The Smithsonian Institution has a large collection of art, archaeological objects, lessons, videos, and interactive maps and timelines for learning about Chinese history and art. Explore by theme, dynasty, or resource type.
Literature based study that looks at culture and government in China. The hyperlinks no longer work, but the resource listings of stories, plays, and operas are a helpful starting point to an in depth look into Chinese culture. From the University of California San Diego.
Mr. Donn's: China Past and Present
Mr Donn's lesson plans and activities on Ancient China for kids. Includes lessons on Dynasties, Inventions, the Silk Road, Confucius, and more.
Mr. Nussbaum’s China Geography Resources
Mr. Nussbaum’s site for Learning and Fun has a large unit on China’s geography that includes lessons, handouts, activities, and interactives for grades 1-6. Students will learn about China’s cities and landmarks, the Great Wall of China, Pandas, Marco Polo and the Silk Road, and more.
All About China
A large unit from Enchanted Learning on China that covers China’s geography, the Great Wall of China, Chinese New Year, Pandas, and tons more. Includes fun facts, stats, and printable maps, worksheets, and more.
Printable China Lapbook
This free printable lapbook from Homeschool Share covers “China’s flag, population, climate, capital city, and currency. Your student will also learn about pagodas, rice farming, the giant panda, the Forbidden City, and Buddhism.”
Travel for Kids: China
The Travel for Kids website gives background information and photos of China, as well as top literature picks for children with themes related to China.
The Best Resources to Learn Chinese for Free Online
Gratis Global has a huge list of free apps, websites, lessons, podcasts, videos, books, and other resources for learning the Chinese language.
Chinese for Kids
Chinese for Kids offers teachers an easy and enjoyable range of learning materials for the study of the Chinese language. Geared to late elementary and middle school children.