Our 5th graders in Taiwan are new to our distance learning program, so one of the first units we do with them is a familiar topic – Ancient China. We teach about Chinese New Year, the Great Wall, important rivers and inventions, and China’s greatest teacher, Confucius. But the most popular lesson is based on a trip that Teacher Seth took to the Shaolin Temple in the Henan Province of Central China.
First the students read a brief chapter on the history of the Shaolin Temple and its importance to Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism. Then, they watch a video about Teacher Seth’s trip:
Then, the students complete the following assignment:
Today, you learned that the Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and of Kung Fu. You will choose ONE of those three topics – Zen Buddhism, Kung Fu, or the Shaolin Temple – and do Internet research on that topic.
Then, answer following questions.
1 – What is your topic?
2 – What are some important things that happened in the history of your topic?
3 – What are some things people do to celebrate or practice it?
4 – Who are some famous people who are associated with your topic? What is their relationship to it?
5 – What is your opinion about your topic?
The best of those reports are linked for download here:
Annie 21: Moe:
Christine: Nicole 30:
What awesome research projects has your class conducted? Leave a comment!