World History & Cultures
- Reading Rainbow - "Mummies Made in Egypt"
LeVar explores mummies and learns about the art of conserving Egyptian artifacts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Then CT scan technology provides an inside look at a mummy thousands of years old, and a forensic expert recreates the head of a mummy using intricate skill dimensions.
- "Royal Cats"
Explore family history in ancient China. Dongwa hates history until he finds an army of clay cats, and learns about his family's roots.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Weddings Around the World - Discuss wedding traditions from around the world.
- Arthur: World Rhythms -Listen and move to music from different cultures.
- Clifford the Big Red Dog: Discover Ethnicity -Learn tolerance and respect as you discover aspects of other cultures.
- Maya & Miguel: Mayan Pyramid - Make this sweet craft and learn about the history and culture of the Ancient Mayans.
- Maya & Miguel: A Cultural Celebration! - Learn about this Mexican ritual and create sugar skulls to celebrate life.
- Sagwa: New Year's Clean-up - Explore New Year's traditions from other cultures.
- Africa for Kids: Swahili Folktale - Listen to or read a Swahili folktale about a young prince whose manners and friendships helped him on a quest.
- Arthur: Connect the World - Explore the food, music, sports and flags of countries around the world as you play a matching card game.
- Arthur: Arthur's Travel Adventure - See photographs from Arthur's trip around the world, including stops at The Colosseum in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Great Wall in Badaling.
- KIDS' Africa - Explore the history of Africa with Anansi the spider.
- Maya & Miguel: Global Groovin' - Mix music from around the world to create a new musical form that uses aspects of many different types of music.
- NOVA: Be an Archaeologist - Use this Shockwave game to reassemble artifacts from a dig.
- Sagwa: Exploring the Palace - Visit a Chinese palace online. Learn how items such as shadow puppets and inkwells are used.
- Sagwa: Pictures as Words - Explore Chinese pictographs online and learn how other cultures use written communication.
- Sesame Street: Global Grover - Groove along with Grover as he performs dance moves from Russia, Trinidad, Mongolia and China.
- Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs
By James Rumford
Published April 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company
This book for children 4-8, and older, tells the story of Jean-Francois Champollion, who at age 11 vowed to decipher Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and who at age 32 succeeded. Rumford's watercolors add energy to an already exciting detective story. The text and margins include selected hieroglyphs and their meanings.
- Buddha in the Garden
By David Bouchard and Zhong Yang Huang
Published May 2002 by Raincoast Books
An abandoned infant boy is raised by reluctant Buddhist monks and becomes their gardener. One day a blind monk tells the boy that Buddha is in the garden. These words launch the boy's search for enlightenment. Beautifully illustrated in watercolors, this story is based on the four signs of enlightenment: hunger, sickness, death, and seeking enlightenment. An endnote describes the illustrator's own experience in a Buddhist monastery.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.