In this sixth grade humanities lesson, students prepare Steamed Dumplings as they study the exchange of ideas, goods, and foods between China and other regions during the Han dynasty. This is the first of four Silk Road lessons.
In this series, sixth-graders learn how the Silk Road connected civilizations in China, India, and Rome, allowing each to make dramatic cultural, economic, and technological advancements. Students prepare a recipe from each culture, studying how the meals evolved as a result of trade. The series concludes with students participating in a trading exercise in order to obtain ingredients for that day's meal.