Ancient China Unit
100+ page Ancient China Packet
Are your kids studying dynasties of Ancient China? This 100+page Ancient China Unit covers nearly 3,000 years of ancient Chinese History from the early cultures of the Neolithic period to the end of the Song Dynasty. This packet includes notebook pages, timeline cards, worksheets, geography materials and more!
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Early Chinese Cultures
This first section covers the Neolithic period. The primary things we know about these ancient civilizations is a bit about their pottery and their different methods of farming and building. There are also some ancient legends and this section talks about the Yellow Emperor and his wife, Leizu, who is credited with discovering how to unwind silk into strands.
Bronze Age Dynasties of Ancient China: Xia and Shang Dynasties
Xia Dynasty: Much of what is known about this ancient Chinese Dynasty is based on myth. There are a couple of notebook pages that tell the story of the Great Flood and Yu the Great.
Shang Dynasty: Much more is known about the Shang Dynasty of Ancient China in large part due to the oracle bones that include questions about life at that time.
Ancient China Note-Taking Pages
As you can see from the image below, I had my kids use the notebook pages I provided to take notes on the key points for each dynasty. When we were doing this unit, not only did we do the worksheets and notebook pages that I made for the kids, but we also read through The Story of Ancient China by Suzanne Strauss Art. (affiliate link) I definitely recommend this book. The stories are well written and kept my kids engaged. We used this book twice over the years. If you have older kids, there are questions at the end of each chapter that they can answer. By the way, I recommend the 3rd edition rather than earlier versions. They updated the maps and included color photos so the visuals are much better.
The notebook pages you see below come with a student fill-in-the-blank page as well as a full-text page. I would generally print out the fill-in-the-blank page for my kids and the full-text version for myself. Then we would read the pages aloud together and they would fill in the missing words/phrases.
Warring States Period
The first Qin Emperor, Shi Huangdi, united China. Qin Shi Huangdi forced slaves to build roads and canals across his empire. They also built his palace and tomb at the capital, Xi’an. Many people know of the Terracotta Warrior that guarded his tomb.
We highly recommend the Timeline video about Shi Huangdi:
The Han Dynasty was China’s first Golden Age. This dynasty was founded by a peasant named Liu Bang. He tried to rule with reason and benevolence. During this dynasty the civil service exam system created based on studies of the Confucian classics. China’s borders were expanded and silk and other goods were exported along the Silk Road.
Three Kingdoms Period – Jin Dynasty
The Sui Dynasty was a short, intense dynasty with just two emperors: Wen (581–604) and Yang (604–618). During this dynasty China was united (589) and there was construction of the Grand Canal and Great Wall.
The first half of the Tang Dynasty was generally a time of peace and prosperity and was known as the Golden Age of China. The arts flourished at this time and a number of inventions were made.
Dynasties of Ancient China: Review Materials
There are a number of different activities we used for review. Throughout the unit, we used timeline cards. We kept going over the major accomplishments of each dynasty/period. We also did some review worksheets (identifying the dynasty in which certain events happened). Finally, there is an interactive notebook activity. Students can either write in their own answer or use the information card provided.
Song Dynasty: Northern and Southern Song
The last dynasty we covered was the Song Dynasty.
China and Asia Geography Materials
The Ancient China Packet is over 100 pages. Plus, it includes 15-20 pages of geography materials so students can become familiar with China’s topographical features and the countries of modern Asia.
One year my kids did geography of China project. Your kids might enjoy doing this as well!
What age is the Ancient China Unit for? This unit is probably best for middle school and high school. This packet covers more than 3,000 years of history so (in my opinion) it is fairly content-heavy. (Whereas the Ancient Egypt unit has a lot of extra activities and projects that works well with younger students.)
Do I have to purchase any other books? No, the answers are provided for the notebook pages. There is a fill-in-the-blank student page and a full-text version (that I would print out and use as we read the material aloud). Our family did enjoy The Story of Ancient China by Suzanne Strauss Art (affiliate link) but you can use any supplementary materials that you’d like — books from the library, documentaries or other history textbooks.
How do I pay? I use PayPal (you can pay with a credit card on PayPal – here’s how). Then I use an automatic delivery service called SendOwl which will send you the download link (to your PayPal email address).
If you have any questions or need help, feel free to email me! ~Liesl
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