I have been to China and have taught aspects of the Chinese culture to first grade students using Primary Sources - photographs and maps. This mini-unit about the Great Wall of China is engaging and appropriate for 1st-6th grade. This PowerPoint includes an informative text and a Discovery Channel movie from the internet so students can gather information on graphic organizers that are included. Students can synthesize their information to write a sensory poem and present it to an "audience."
This mini-unit integrates the Common Core Standards:
Read with Purpose and Understanding
Recall and Gather Information
Speaking and Listening