Legendary Creatures of China - Real and Imaginary

by  Penn Museum

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What kinds of meanings do people
assign animals, and what can we learn about their culture by studying
the animals they felt were important? Students will learn about the
significance of different animals in Chinese culture, past and present.
They will then use this as an inspiration to design their own legendary
creatures. Recommended program materials: Paper and writing utensils.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $150.00

You will be contacted by our Assistant Director of Virtual Programs directly after your virtual request is received to discuss program details and to schedule a Tech Check. This 15-minute test call is scheduled one week prior your first virtual visit and is conducted to determine the integrity of the connection between the Penn Museum and participating institution

Cost: (30 students per workshop)
• $150.00 for each Virtual Workshop

Based on Class Size:
• 1-30 students are recognized as one class
• 30-60 students are recognized as two classes
• 60-90 students are recognized as three classes

• Able to assist Title 1 schools that need full or participial sponsorship for virtual visits. Please contact the Assistant Director of Virtual Programs for more information.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

30 per session

Primary Disciplines

Art, Culture, Fine Arts, International, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Religion, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Available Monday - Friday with a minimum of three weeks notice. Please contact Kevin D. Impellizeri, PhD, Assistant Director of Virtual Programs for more information and possible dates/times.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify the Assistant Director of Virtual Programs (virtualprograms@pennmuseum.org) of any alterations or cancellations at least two weeks in advance.

Cancellations made two weeks or more in advance will receive a full refund of the deposit. Please contact the Assistant Director of Virtual Programs if you need to change the date or time of your program.

No contact and/or multiple late cancellations may result in a school’s inability to book future visits.

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Penn Museum

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Open to all, the Museum is home to remarkable objects
and powerful stories that emerge from its excavations and research
across the world.

Connect with the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the
Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the
pharaohs of ancient Egypt; from early Mexico to the lives of Native
American communities today.

Experience the richness of the ancient past, gain an understanding of
our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human

Kevin D. Impellizeri

Program Details


1. Pre-Lesson: Introduction to the Penn Museum
2. A brief look at China
3. The cultural power of animals
4. Let's talk about horses!
5. Let's talk about lions!
6. Let's talk about dragons!
7. Post-program: Design your own legendary creature
8. Conclusion and questions


Big Question: What is the importance of different animals in Chinese culture?
By the end of this lesson, students should be able to…
• Describe the significance of horses, lions, and dragons in Chinese culture.
• Draw inferences on the meaning of different animals in Chinese culture by closely examining various artifacts.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RI.1 -- Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RI.7 -- Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.RI.7 -- Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.RI.1 -- Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.RI.7 -- Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.1 -- Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.7 -- Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it a
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.7 -- Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.K.RI.1 -- With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.K.RI.7 -- With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).

State Standards

Contact the Assistant Director for Virtual Programs for more information on relevant state or regional standards.