Arts of Asia in Reach
Silk Road/Trading Goods & Currency Lesson Plan
2. Lesson Materials


Lesson Plan Part I (PDF 328KB)
Lesson Plan Part II (PDF 48KB)
Handout: KWL Chart (PDF 16KB)
Handout: Examples of Coin/Characters (PDF 0KB) Not Yet Available
Power Point Presentation (ZIP 568KB)

Lesson Plan Part I: Materials for Studio Activity

Day One
  • Cardboard disks (One per student) *
  • "Puffy Paint" (One per two students) **
  • Scrap paper for placemat (One sheet per student)
  • Pencils
  • Chinese coin character examples
*Cardboard disks were purchased at Hollo's Papercraft in Brunswick, Ohio for $.05/ea. Cake disks or conventional cardboard can be substituted, although inner circles must be cut out by an adult.
**Puffy paint or any paint that dries 3-dimensionally can be used. Color is irrelevant since students will be sponge painting over the color on the second day. This can be money saving for teachers since colors are often discontinued and marked down in price.

Day Two
  • Cardboard disks with dried three-dimensional characters
  • 50 1/2" Sponge brushes (one per student)
  • Paint trays
  • Paper towels
  • Newspaper or newsprint
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Bronze acrylic paint
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Blue acrylic paint

Lesson Plan Part I: Materials for Presentation

Day One
  • Map of Chinese Silk Road
  • Map key
  • Map parts (icons to represent traded goods such as: grapes, nuts, chrysanthemums, salt, spices, wine, ceramics, horses, camels, silk, tea, onions, paper, etc.)
  • Posters to hold map icons before being placed onto map

Day Two
  • Map of Chinese Silk Route*
  • Examples of Traded Goods (with sticky backing to go on map)*
*Map was made from tracing onto transparency paper and using an overhead projector to enlarge. Large map was made from felt, and Velcro was attached to individual pieces so that they can be removed and placed easily.

Lesson Plan Part II: Materials for Studio Activity
  • 1 cardboard disk with three-dimensional puffy paint (From previous lesson activity)
  • 1 placemat per student
  • 1 Paper plate per 2 students
  • 1 sponge brush per student
  • Assorted acrylic paint colors (bronze, copper, gold, various shades of greens and blues)
  • Trays from cafeteria to place finished coins onto for clean-up/drying time

Lesson Plan Part II: Materials for Presentation
  • Silk Road map
  • Icons of goods traded along Silk Road with Velcro to stick onto map
  • Examples of modern-day Chinese coins
  • Example of modern-day hand made silk from China

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