Broaden your students’ horizons by learning about world cultures.

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Follow cultures across time

Bring the world to your classroom with resources that introduce students to the diversity of ancient and modern cultures. Using lesson plans, videos, and other resources, your students can learn to think like an archaeologist and investigate ancient cultures or gain an appreciation for the many communities that live around the world today.

Resource Spotlight: Explore Ancient Cultures

See what life was like thousands of years ago, and learn how people who lived in the past continue to influence our lives.

  • Neolithic Village Flyover

    Explore a reconstruction of the Neolithic village of Szeghalom, which was located in eastern Hungary. Archaeological findings there signaled a shift from foraging to farming.

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  • Societies in the Ancient Americas | Exploring the Field Guide

    Observe six types of societies that developed in the Americas in response to specific environmental conditions.

    Also available in Spanish

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  • Exploring Language | China Toolkit

    Explore the history of writing in China by drawing conclusions about the impact of the written word on human civilizations and how language changes over time.

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Exhibition Spotlight: Cyrus Tang Hall of China

Delve into Chinese history and culture while honing critical thinking skills.

  • Maps | China Toolkit

    Analyze maps to draw conclusions about their purpose, audience, and potential bias.

    Also available in Spanish

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  • Testing the Scholars | China Toolkit

    Explore the classical Chinese civil service exam system, compare it to current exam systems, and develop a sense of what it means to be qualified for a role.

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  • Investigating the Qingming Scroll | China Toolkit

    Learn about the contradictions depicted in the Qingming Scroll and compare it with present-day representations of idealized societies.

    Also available in Spanish

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