Arts of Asia in Reach
Silk Road/Trading Goods & Currency Lesson Plan
4. Assessment & Closure


Hold an open discussion to evaluate what concepts have been retained. Encourage students to ask questions and explore the Silk Road further via the Internet or at the public library.

To assess the activity, check for the following:
  • Student came prepared with materials.
  • Student practiced good listening skills and exercised proper safety procedures.
  • Student handled materials properly.
  • Student has written name on back of coin.
  • Student drew Chinese characters in pencil onto the disk before tracing with Puffy Paint.
  • Student traced all pencil lines.
  • Student traced both the inner and outer circle of the coin with Puffy Paint.
  • Student mixed and blended paint colors well.
  • Student neatly sponge-painted the top of the coin.
  • Student was careful not to get paint on the table, using the scrap paper as a placemat.
  • Student cleaned up surface are neatly.


Reflect upon vocabulary. Relate as much of the unit to modern day trade and consumerism as possible. Have students compare Chinese coins and currency to American money. Discuss the changes American money has gone through such as adding watermarks and color to the paper and the issuing of state quarters each year.

Across the Curriculum

Have students practice addition and subtraction using coins. Students can "purchase" items at markets along the Silk Road and improve upon their math skills as they pretend to be merchants.

Have students create their own artwork such as ceramic vases or paintings on mulberry paper that would have been found or traded along the Silk Road. Have students make their own paper out of pulp.

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