All About China


The lesson introduces students to the country of China, which is often featured in news stories.  Many students may have heard of the country, but are unaware of its history or characteristics.  The lesson includes a wealth of information about China and students should be able to locate China on a world map.  It is recommended teachers use the video resources to take students on a “trip” to China.

All About China Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the All About China
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Introduce your students to the most populated country in the world with this lesson all about China.  The geography of China is described, including the countries that border China as well as its major cities, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.  The history of China is detailed, as well as important Chinese historical figures like Confucius and Chairman Mao.  By the end of the lesson, students will have an overview of the Great Wall of China, Mount Everest, Great Pandas, and will also be able to find China on a map.  It is recommended teachers use the video resources to take students on a “trip” to China.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students: What country in the world has the largest population? (Display a map of China/Asia once students guess China.) Identify the country and major cities.
  2. Allow for responses. Ask students what the advantages and disadvantages are of a large population.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they believe the U.S. population may ever reach the billions.  Why or why not?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce All About China.
  5. Distribute All About China content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use the map to point out China’s borders, rivers, cities, etc. for the class.  (Option:  Distribute a map to each student.)  Save the final two questions for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Pair or group students and encourage students to seriously reflect on each of the questions and to share their opinions with their partner or the group.  Allow students sufficient time to complete the discussions and their responses.
  7. Once completed, conduct a class discussion and allow students to share responses, debate when necessary, and to support their opinions as best as possible.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: Which of China’s inventions or discoveries do you think have been the most important to the world?  If you could visit China, what would interest you the most and why?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, 7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


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