Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 3 – China

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This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool!

Introduction to Week 3

This week you will be returning with the children in your class to the continent of Asia and introducing them to the country of China. You can do the lesson plan activities in the order that you prefer.

For a Printable Lesson Plan Schedule for the entire 28 weeks, please see the Around the World introductory post.

Below is a free printable lesson plan for week 3 in PDF format. Just click on the thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer before printing.

Kindergarten Around the World Lesson Plan 3

Prep Work

  • Gather books and supplies (see list below)
  • Print out handouts and 3-hole punch them for notebooks (see below)

Check back during the year, as I will be adding pictures of completed projects and let you know if the kids enjoyed the lesson and any changes I would make for next time. Thanks for joining us!

Disclosure: The books and supply links below lead to products on Amazon. I am an affiliate and will receive a small commission if these links are used to make a purchase.

Panda by Chi King on flickr

Week 3 Lesson Plan

Date and Destination

Date: Second week of September**
Continent: Asia
Country: China

Pretend Passport: Please see Week 2 for suggestions on how to use the Play Passports during your lesson.  Below are free printable Passport Stamps. . Please click here for free Airline Tickets and Cruise Ship Tickets printables. Just click on the thumbnails below to open and view. For best viewing/printing results, open in Adobe Reader.

Passport Stamps

Reading (10 – 15 minutes)

Story: The Paper Dragon by Marguerite W. Davol

Discussion: Ask questions to determine reading comprehension; tailor these to your children’s ages and abilities. Depending on the size of your class and as time permits, try to allow each child to participate. Don’t drag this part on too long or your kids will lose interest. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Did you like the story? Why or why not?
  • What was your favorite part?
  • Questions based on the Who?, What?, Why?, When?, and How? of a story are great for getting kids thinking.

If you have planned a snack, you may want to have your discussion time while you eat.

Geography (5 – 15 minutes)

Globe or Wall Map Activity: With your class,

  • find the Continent of Asia
  • point out the different countries on the continent, including China
  • find the capitol of China, Beijing.

China Map Handout*: Pass out the China Map Handout to your class and allow them to color the page as time permits. You may want this to be the last activity of your class so they can be kept busy until the next class starts or until their parents pick them up. Have the kids place their handouts in their World Traveler Notebook (3-ring binder) before they leave.

Below is a free printable China Map Handout in PDF format. Just click on the thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer before printing.

People’s Republic of China Map

Art (20 – 30 minutes)

Rubber Stamping: Idea from Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Jean Potter. Read the “Did You Know?” sidebar on page 50.  You can either do the project as described in the book, or provide your own rubber stamps.  We will be using my letter stamps and decorative stamps to “print” our own message.

Please see the materials list in the book if you decide to make your own stamps.  For the rubber stamping project you will need:

  • Cardstock or construction paper
  • Rubber stamps – letters and decorative
  • Washable ink pads, various colors (trust me on this one – you want WASHABLE ink)
  • Colored pencils or markers (optional)
  • Wet wipes to wash ink off fingers
  • Disposable tablecloth or newspapers to protect table surface

This is an open-ended project where the kids can stamp as they please.  Provide plenty of cardstock so they can explore the art of stamping to their hearts’ content.  If they know how to spell, have them print a message and their names on a piece of cardstock.  You may also want to offer colored pencils or markers so they can color in the stamped designs after the ink is dry.

Other Activities (5 – 10 minutes)

China Facts & Flag Handout*: Pass out and read this handout to your class and allow them to color the page as time permits. You may want this to be the last activity of your class so they can be kept busy until the next class starts or until their parents pick them up. Have the kids place their handouts in their World Traveler Notebook (3-ring binder) before they leave.

Following is a free printable China Facts & Flag Handout in PDF format. Just click on the thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer before printing.

People’s Republic of China Facts & Flag


*If there is not time in class, provide these as handouts for the kids to do at home. The pages can go in their World Traveler Notebooks as a record of their journeys.

**Our homeschool coop begins during the last week of August, but the Around the World course can be started at any time of year. Some re-arranging of the weekly plans may be necessary due to holidays, but with a little planning ahead of time, this should be very manageable.

Supply Lists

General Supply List

Week 3 Supply List

Supplies for Art Project

  • Cardstock or construction paper
  • Rubber stamps – letters and decorative
  • Washable ink pads, various colors
  • Colored pencils or markers (optional)
  • Wet wipes to wash ink off fingers
  • Disposable tablecloth or newspapers to protect table surface

Copyright 2014 Kathryn Depew
Image from flickr.com used under the Creative Commons license. Panda Image credit: Chi King.

Disclosure: The books and supply links on this page lead to products on Amazon. I am an affiliate and will receive a small commission if these links are used to make a purchase.


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