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Let Your Students Experience Traveling the Ancient Silk Road & Learn About The New Current Silk Road.
Trading Along The Silk Road focuses on the geographical theme of "movement" of goods, people, ideas, and technology. Students will work in cooperative groups and will travel the Silk Road. This lesson allows them to travel through ten different countries and learn about the (1) trading routes (2) government (3) religion (4) available and needed resources, and other experiences of those who traveled the "Royal Road". The lesson begins with an introductory activity Exchange/Trade Introduction Activity along with watching a suggested video (video not required for the introduction).
The Group will move to the reading activity that discusses the ancient Silk Road in comparison to the new Silk Road of 2013/15.
Group will, then, travel from one "Journey Station" to the next, in all visiting 10 different countries and cultures along the Ancient Silk Road. Engage students in experiences of the ancient foreign trade market as well as the current Silk Road market.
To wrap up the lesson, students will complete Exit Cars and the instructor will encourage a class discussion.
With this lesson, you will receive 26 pages of instruction along with highly-detailed instruction including Materials, Introduction, Procedure, Closure, Helpful Links, and more!
Exchange/Trade Introduction Activity
Guided Question Activity
Detailed Teacher Instruction
10 Journey Cards (Countries to Visit)
Silk Road Map
Journey Activity Cards (Packet)
Exit Cards (2 Stars and 1 Wish Activity)
Student passes, snacks or other items students may want for exchange activity.
Audio & Video for students to view Ted Talk: The Silk Road: Connecting the Ancient World Through Trade - Shannon Harris Castelo, whether on the large screen or individually in groups on computers or iPads.
Student Reading Activity: The New Silk Road of the 21st Century. (Attached)
Highlighter & Notecards for each group to use during the reading activity.
Journey-Stop Station Cards: For the preparation of the lesson, cut and fold cards in half along the dotted line and tape along the wall throughout the classroom to create 10 separate stations, making sure they are in numerical. (Journey Stop Cards Included)
Journey-Stop Activity Cards: One packet for each group and printed front and back to save paper. (Journey Cards Included)
Exit Cards: For students to communicate comprehension of knowledge gained from the lesson.
·Revisit the geographical theme: movement (people, goods, and ideas)
·Locate key cities along the Silk Road trading routes.
·Identify the influence of technological innovation and various empires during the time
of the Silk Road trading routes.
·Identify the lasting impact of the Silk Road civilizations today in the modern world.
·Understand artistic expressions of different communities, as well as movement of
goods, people, and ideas. (i.e. Ideas religion, government, technology, etc.)
·Students will begin with an introduction to the meaning of foreign exchange and a review of civilizations and will comprehend the concept.
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Such an engaging activity that kept my students attention and had them excited about learning.