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Buddha at Zojoji. Photo: d'n'c/
The Golden Rule of Reciprocity
Students learn about Golden Rule of Reciprocity by comparing quotes from the major world religions. Students then create a bumper sticker with their own saying. more
Br'er Rabbit and Tar Baby: similarities to Indian folklore? Drawing by Joel Chandler Harris, 1904.
Animal Tales Travel Around the World
This lesson introduces a well-known folk tale, with renditions from India, the United States, and West Africa. After analyzing the versions, students write their own didactic story based on the formula, but set in contemporary times. more
Chinese Cinderella illustrated by Ed Young.
Twice Upon a Time: Multi-Cultural Cinderella
Teach Cinderella stories from around the world--in an interdisciplinary way. more
Tabla. Illustration: Jayesh/
World Rhythms: Tabla
Learn about a double drum that's found in cultures throughout the world. Through this flexible lesson, learn about the mechanics, methods, and musical qualities of a tabla by creating a "tube-la" in class. more
Map of Ming Dynasty China. National Library of China.
Mapping Perceptions
What can maps tell us about how its creator perceives the world? This simple lesson uses a historical map as a point of study and introduces key elements in a map (scale, symbols, orientations) in a hands-on way. more
Temple on a Mountain Ledge by Kuncan in 1661. Asia Society Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection of Asian Art.
Attitudes Towards Nature in Daoist Art
A short lesson--featuring some famous Chinese poems--that help students understand the difference between how many Westerners view nature versus how many Chinese (particularly Daoists and the literati) felt about the natural world around th more
Fireworks over New York City. (Barry Yanowitz/
Chinese Inventions
This one-hour activity challenges the perception that China has only recently become a 'modern' nation. more
Animal Bingo
Use the much-loved game of Bingo to give your students practice listening for clues and drawing conclusions. more
Cool animals from all over Asia! Illustration: Beegee Tolpa.
Biodiversity Memory Match Up
Children learn about cool animals from Asia while sharpening their memory skills. more
A little girl gets her lantern ready during the Tet celebration. (pixiduc/Flickr)
Tet: Let's Get Ready to Celebrate
Learn about Lunar new Year in Vietnam and why it is an especially good time to review good manners. more