For Readers Age 9 - 12
Grades 4th - 8th
39 Clues Book 8: The Emperor's Code - Suggested Activities
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Get your map ready so
you can add on London, China, Tibet, Nepal and the
The kids start at
London Heathrow Airport, one of the busiest airports
in the world.
Whew, Dan and Amy move around so fast,
it is hard to keep track of these places! Letís start
brief overview of China
Palace Museum and The Forbidden City are one in the
same. Read about it as well as the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an
men) also mentioned in our story. Remember how the museum
was comprised of hall after hall of valuables? The pictures
provided by the Chinese government make it much easier for
us to imagine the maze Dan encountered! (Be sure to click on
the arrows at the bottom of the screen to move onto the next
page) You will recognize much of the story in these pages of
Then move onto the official website of
The Forbidden City and view their virtual tour!
Imagine yourself in Danís shoes...where would you begin to
look for the clue?
The Great Wall of China is very important in this story
too! Take this virtual tour and see if you can find where
Amy, Nellie and Saladin located the door!
The Crayola crayon company provides a neat activity to
build your own Great Wall, along with lesson plans and other
Also in Xiían are
the terra cotta soldiers.
Be sure to include on
your map Henan Province, Deng Feng city in the Songshan
Mountain Range, home of the Shaolin Temple and beautiful
Roll your cursor over this
interactive map to see how the kids travel from Beijing
to the Shaolin Temple and ultimately to Tibet.
Speaking of Tibet, a good place to
start for everything Tibetan is their
official website. Look at
their map, and you can easily see Tibet, Nepal and the
Lhasa Airport too. What do you recognize from our story?
For a feel of the
Himalayan life today, watch short videos from the
University of Cambridge.
Ok, are you finally ready to climb to
top of the world just like Amy and Dan? Check out the
Discovery Channelís website.
people and culture
Emperors played an important part of
Chinese history. Our story mentions
Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of a ďunitedĒ China.
Read the official word on him from the Chinese government.
Of course, most important to our story
is Pu Yi, who also reigned by the name
Xuantong. Read his history and compare to our tale.
Did Pu Yi really have a British tutor? Find out! And then
look at his
photograph and car!
While you are at it, check out the
history of the word emperor as well as the list of
emperors throughout Chinese history. Create your own
trivia game and form teams to compete to see which team
knows the emperors. Or see how many different names for
emperors can be used in a paragraph. Another fun idea is for
every student in the class to choose one of the names for
emperor, and be emperor for a day!
Studying Kung Fu under the real
Shaolin masters was almost too much for Dan to imagine!
Did a 5th century monk really create Kung Fu? Visit the
Shaolin Temple and find out for yourself!
Want to learn how to
count in Chinese?Turn on your sound and practice! There
are many more
games to be played to learn Chinese too.
rock climbing? Watch the videos to find out!
Yakity yak, donít talk back! No that
the yak spoken of in our story. Our yak is actually an
important part of the Himalayan existence.
Silk worm larva of bombyx moth was mentioned in our
story. China is famous for its elegant silk.
helicopters fly? Or to find out more about
flight, visit the
museum of flight .
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