Friday, November 11, 2016

The Qin Dynasty

In Lesson 90 of The Mystery of History: Volume I, we learned all about the Qin Dynasty of China.  It is from this dynasty that China got its name.  When I make occasional posts about our history curriculum, it is simply to share the materials that we added to our lesson from the text.  In and of itself, this curriculum is complete, but sometimes, we travel off the beaten path and add a few extras. 
I LOVE this book to supplement this curriculum, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History.  We read more about the Qin Dynasty in here on pages 166-167.
It always has great color photos, pictures, and maps!  Under the Qin Dynasty, the Great Wall of China was built, as well as palaces and the tomb of the emperor that held 7,500 terra-cotta soldiers!
 This is an image drawn of Qin Shi Huangdi (our text called him "Shi Huang Ti"), the emperor who ruled this dynasty.  His dynasty only lasted fifteen years, but a lot was accomplished in that short time!
 This image from the book shows how the wall was built.  If a worker died, his body was built into the wall.  Wow!
 Here is an image of some of the 7,500 terra-cotta soldiers that were found in Qin's tomb.
 We also referenced National Geographic's Wonders of the Ancient World publication, a gem to go along with this text!
 Here is another photo of those clay soldiers from this magazine ...
 ... and a replicated image of what the tomb would have looked like before it was covered.  Originally, the soldiers were painted like you see here.  Amazing!
Finally, we flipped through the photographs of this old Smithsonian issue from August 2008 that detailed some more of the Great Wall.
I remembered that I had this Safari Ltd. "World Landmarks" TOOB, and in it is a small model of the Great Wall.
(It's always nice to have something that they can hold in their hands, especially for tactile learners!)
Next, we decorated the sticker scene depicting the Great Wall out of our Usborne Sticker Dressing: Long Ago sticker book (pages 10-11).
(She loves doing these!)
Then, at the text's suggestion, we mapped the distance from New York, New York to Omaha, Nebraska, to visualize how long the Great Wall would be (if it were stretched out straight) in comparison to our country.  It would stretch over half of it!
Next?  Mags set out to shape her own "terra-cotta" soldier using some modeling clay and a toothpick for the fine features of the face.  (Each one of the soldiers in Qin's tomb had an individual, unique expression!)
I love kids' art!
Maggie's Qin soldier!
Finally, we took a 360-degree virtual tour of the Wall at  This is a great site!  It has nineteen scenes of the Wall to choose from, including one at night, and you can manipulate the screen to zoom in and out and travel along it.  We enjoyed this activity a lot!
We're getting closer and closer to the arrival of Christ in our text!  Can't wait!

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