Teacher Resources

You and your students can take The Journey even further, with links to related web sites and follow-on activities you can try in your classroom.

Han Dynasty Tomb Resources on the Web

The Journey was created as part of the Johnson Museum's OMNI:China study unit for third grade. This unit includes an introduction to Chinese art and cluture in the classroom, a study case, a visit to the Museum to explore objects in the Chinese gallery with the hand-held tour and other activities, and a Chinese brush painting workshop.

This site contains an excerpt from the full article published in the February, 2004 issue, as well as photos, a bibliography, and links to other Han China resources on the web. Field Notes provide first-person accounts of adventures faced by the author and two photographers during their expedition to China.

In spring 2005, the China Institute Gallery exhibited Han Dynasty tomb objects from the collection of the Shandong provincial museum. This site features photos and detailed captions for more than 30 objects.

This site from the University of Washington includes maps, descriptions, and photos of five Chinese archeological tomb sites ranging in date from about 2300 BC to 100 BC.

This site offers timelines, maps, and photo galleries of tomb objects from the Qin, Han, and Tang dynasties.

The contents of this tomb were remarkably well preserved, and included actual foods and recipes that were buried with a Han empire noble person. The text and photos about Lady Dai's tomb are about one third of the way down this page.

This printable guide was prepared by the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

Wikipedia, a free web encyclopedia, provides a complete survey-level history of the Han Dynasty.

This online gallery from a private collection features photos and descriptions of artifacts from throughout Chinese history, and includes information on Han Dynasty ceramics.

Related Activities (elementary school level)

Print out these clues for your students to keep with them as they explore the tomb in The Journey and search for the tomb objects.

Guardian figures like the mythical beast guide in The Journey are complex creatures. Students can explore the many aspects of these composite creatures as they create and write about their own guardian beasts.

These two activities give students the opportunity to work with clay to create their own artifacts.

Classes or collaborative groups of students brainstorm and create a tomb equipped to address the many needs of a journey to the afterlife. Compare Han-era tomb preparations and traditions with those of other cultures (including our own).