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Activity Overview

Using a G.R.A.P.E.S. Chart to organize information about ancient Civilizations is a useful tool to enhance students' analysis of the characteristics and contributions of a society. Going further and including visuals helps students to better retain the details of each category.

When learning about ancient Civilizations, students may need teachers to provide a variety of resources. The use of diverse resources such as primary sources, videos, songs, readings from textbooks, encyclopedias and literature can be helpful for students to gain an accurate and complete picture of the time period. Students can use graphic organizers to write notes about the different categories as they learn.

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Students will then create a spider map focusing on Religion of ancient China using the template in Storyboard That and creating illustrations and descriptions to demonstrate what they’ve learned.

By focusing on just one category, students are encouraged to include more information and should complete 3-6 cells. Students can come together after they’ve created their storyboards to share what they’ve learned. The full G.R.A.P.E.S. Chart can be used as a post assessment after students have presented.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map focusing on the different philosophies and beliefs in the religion of ancient China.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Write a title for each cell and a 1-3 sentence description.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, and items. To find images related to ancient China, type “China” into the search bar.
  4. Save and exit when you're done.

Requirements: Minimum of 3 cells showcasing different philosophies and beliefs of the religion of ancient China. Appropriate scenes to illustrate each cell. 1-3 sentence description for each cell demonstrating your understanding.

Lesson Plan Reference

How To Teach Religion in Ancient China in the Elementary Classroom


Discuss Philosophies and Beliefs

Lead a full class discussion on the importance of and differences between philosophies and beliefs. These can be difficult concepts for elementary students, so they need some reinforcement.


Introduce Three Major Religions

There are three major religions that Ancient China was known for. Introduce Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism to students, and discuss the similarities and differences between them so they have a thorough understanding.


Help Students Find the Main Ideas

To better understand the elements of the religions, students will use a spider map to create a title and a short description, and they will also add an illustration. They may need assistance at any step along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions about Religion in Ancient China

Did Buddhism originate in Ancient China?

Although many people believe that Buddhism originated in Ancient China, it was actually founded by Siddhartha Gautama, a Hindu prince in India, and later taken to China.

Was there one major religion in Ancient China?

There was not only one major religion in Ancient China, but rather three that were important to the early culture. Taoism (sometimes known as Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism were all instrumental in Ancient China.

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