The Silk Roads

29 Apr

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Our final lesson in our Ancient China unit focuses on the legacy of ancient China, their inventions, and the Silk Roads. Watch some videos on the playlist to learn more about the Silk Roads.  I (Mr. M) went to a fascinating exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City a few years ago. Some of the video clips come from that exhibit.
Here are some other helpful links:
Traveling the Silk Roads – Map
Silk Roads Surprises – AMNH
Essential Questions - AMNH
Silk Road fables 
Silk Road Music
Silk Road Radio

 

13 Responses to “The Silk Roads”

  1. Harin April 30, 2014 at 5:47 am #

    This video is about the secret of Silk Roads. It’s little hard to understand, but I think they want to say about what’s silk road meaning and about the mummy. It’s a very interesting video

    • Harin April 30, 2014 at 5:52 am #

      and also they talked about what natural barriers in there.

  2. Gyeong Deok Park April 30, 2014 at 6:01 am #

    I wonder why did the traders wanted to cross over the great deserts.

  3. Yoo Hyung An April 30, 2014 at 6:05 am #

    I watched video number 4. I learned about the trade of red pepper and silk. Red pepper is grown in the desert in northern China, and it goes to South Korea, Japan and Singapore. China sells paper, silk, and gold too.

  4. Yoojin April 30, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    In the first video, I learned there are many difficulties when traveling on the Silk Roads. I didn’t know there are many obstacle while crossing Silk Roads.

  5. Margot April 30, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    I went on the Sik road fable and I watch a video that was called “The stonecutter who was never satisfied”. I never knew this before so I just try it. I liked the story. It was about a woodcutter who basically didn’t like anything so like each time he want to be someone else because he’s not please and the god all time hear his wishes so there they come. But then he end up really really not well so he want to be himself forever. I liked the story but what I like moostly is the moral. I’m not sure about it but I think it’s telling us that we shouldn’t much complain because we have no other choices and it’s the life that we are born who we are and we can’t change.
    I got that idea because when I saw the woodcutter ending up in a bad situation I think that it’s because the gods want to tell him that he’ll never be okay in someone else.

  6. Mara April 30, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I watched video number 6, the crash course video. I like that a lot of facts were included but it felt like they were squeezed in which made it hard to understand them. I learned that the Silk Road actually was not one route but two -East Mediterranean and Central Asia and from Central Asia to China. I also learned that China traded “raw” materials like silver, iron or jade. Something I knew was that the Silk Roads spread Buddhism, but I didn’t know that it also spread deadly diseases and plagues. It was interesting to learn that because diseases haven’t been mentioned a lot in chapters before. I thought the video was a bit too fast and silly, but I did get good information from it.

  7. Bhavni May 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    I watched the 5th video-Legacy of the Silk Road’. This video was very interesting and I learned a lot of things from it. I was surprised that parents that live in China are worried about what kind of country they are leaving their children in because of pollution, loss of tradition, and the widening gap of rich and poor. I was also very surprised when I found out that the pollution is so bad that they were thinking of bulldozing a mountain to let fresh air in. I was shocked

  8. Bhavni May 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    I watched the 5th video-Legacy of the Silk Road’. This video was very interesting and I learned a lot of things from it. I was surprised that parents that live in China are worried about what kind of country they are leaving their children in because of pollution, loss of tradition, and the widening gap of rich and poor. I was also very surprised when I found out that the pollution is so bad that they were thinking of bulldozing a mountain to let fresh air in. I was shocked.

  9. Mr.Toodles (Prahalad) May 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Actually, I learnt a bunch from the Crash Course video. I learnt that traders didn’t travel the full length of a road, they would trade as they went along, and the people who recieved them would trade it, each time the price increasing. I also learnt that the Silk Roads didn’t just bring positive effects. It also brought negative effects, such as disease. During a period of time, smallpox had spread so much, they called in Black Death. 2/3 of the Londoneers were killed and so were a lot of other Europeans. I love Crash Course because John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars, talks so fast and throws in humor.

  10. Sooji May 1, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    I watched 4th video. I learned red chilli pepper comes from desert and it goes to the South Korea and Japen. And silk, Buddism and something made in China that also goes to South Korea and Japen along tha Silk Road. That time Chinese traded along the Silk Road.

  11. Anonymous (Bhargav) May 2, 2014 at 3:55 am #

    I watched the video travelling on the Silk Road. China has really changed from Ancient China and now. The video showed me how they traded in the Silk Roads. I learnt how the trails are on the Silk Roads In the video I saw many stalls that have beautiful died silk and then I knew after I saw it why it had so much demand in Asia, China, and Mesopotamia. I wondered how they weaved silk but they were advanced and had machines that helped make Silk and after that I knew they were advanced before and they could also dye Silk on the time. Therefore Ancient China is really advanced because they knew to weave and dye silk. I watched the video travelling on the Silk Road. China has really changed from Ancient China and now. The video showed me how they traded in the Silk Roads. I learnt how the trails are on the Silk Roads In the video I saw many stalls that have beautiful died silk and then I knew after I saw it why it had so much demand in Asia, China, and Mesopotamia. I wondered how they weaved silk but they were advanced and had machines that helped make Silk and after that I knew they were advanced before and they could also dye Silk on the time. Therefore Ancient China is really advanced because they knew to weave and dye silk.

  12. Vinay May 2, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    I really liked all of the fables and I think those would be the kind of stories they would tell children to be good. Each of the morals were really good. I also watched video number 4 and I would really want to take a camel ride across the silk roads. I wonder how I would feel if I was an Ancient Chinese merchant going across the Silk Roads.

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