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Peabody Essex Museum Classroom Resources For Teachers

Found in: arts, social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Peabody Essex Museum Classroom Resources For Teachers are designed to extend K-12 student learning after a museum visit, but can still be used by those who do not live in the area (Salem MA) or those unable to visit.

Asia Curriculum includes a teachers source book, lessons, and glossary in art, culture, and history for China, Japan, and Korea.

China offers four lesson plans on New Year, modern China, and ceramics. Modern China: Understanding The Cultural Revolution ( PDF, 199 KB, 6 pgs) for middle school and high school students learn about the Cultural Revolution (ca. 1964–1976). Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir Of The Cultural Revolution can be read online or downloaded as a PDF ( PDF, 1.5 MB, 400 pgs). The two-hour documentary Morning Sun might be available in local or school libraries. If not, an excerpt from the documentary, “Mao's Red Guards”, (7:20) is on YouTube. A Teachers Source Book For Chinese Art & Culture ( PDF, 1.4 MB, 34 pgs) has a pronunciation guide, glossary, and timeline of Chinese history and explores philosophy, religion, and porcelain.

Perfect Imbalance: Exploring Chinese Aesthetics Curriculum (features an introduction and three lesson plans with standards (1-5, 6-8, 9-12) as PDFs. Symmetry In Chinese Art (1-5) as students to explore symmetry and common geometric shapes with tangram puzzles.

A link to ECHO provides resources that explore themes in Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian culture. Themes include cross-cultural communication, dance, music, environment, food, stories & storytelling, and trade.


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