K-12 Resources

China Trunk

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame offers the Traveling Trunks of Africa, Asia and Latin America free of charge to educators in the Michiana area. These treasure chests of engaging materials from around the world help students learn about the diverse cultures of these regions through hands-on activities. Each trunk comes with a curriculum guide, books, music CDs, instruments and cultural items.

To check availability of this trunk, click here.
To complete this trunk’s request form, click here. 
No reservations being taken at this time.

Curriculum Guide

The curriculum guide is a CD filled with content descriptions, country profiles, lesson plans, and teaching resources.


Cole, Joanna. Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China
Harvey, Miles. Look What Came From China!
Jingyu, Wu. 24 Stories of Filial Devotion
Louie, Ai-Ling. Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China
Major, John, S. The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History
Namioka, Lensey. Ties That Bind, Ties That Break
Niemann, Christoph. The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese Characters
Simonds, Nina. Moonbeams, Dumplings, & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes
Tan, Amy. The Moon Lady
Tompert, Ann. Grandfather Tang's Story: A Tale Told with Tangrams
Young, Ed. Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China

Books with CD-ROMS

Chinese Culture Active Learning Series #1 Chinese Traditional Holidays and Festivals
Chinese Culture Active Learning Series #2 Chinese Myths and Legends
Chinese Culture Active Learning Series #3 Philosophies & Religions in China
Chinese Culture Active Learning Series #4 Chinese Classical Literature

Musical Instruments

  • Copper cymbals (2)
  • Copper gong
  • Flutes (Di-Zi)

Cultural Items

Ancient book – bamboo
Ancient book and Chinese paper
Abacus or Suan-pan
Calligraphy set
Chairman Mao pin
Chinese zodiac (Paper cut outs)
Chopstick holder
Coins on a string
Emperor figurine
Empress figurine
Fan painted with Chinese characters
Feather Jianzi toy or Shuttlecock
Fu sign
Jade accessory
Jade bracelet
Minority doll – Manchu
Money - China - Yuan (2)
Money - China - Jiao (1)
Money - Hong Kong - 5 dollars (1)
Money - Hong Kong - 2 dollars (1)
Money - Hong Kong - 1 dollar (1)
Money - Hong Kong - 50 cents (1)
Money - Hong Kong - 10 cents (1)
Painted porcelain sample
Peking opera mask
Pocket Buddhas
Red envelope
Red lantern
Silk Scarf decorated with dragon and phoenix
Terra cotta warriors
Wedding couple figurines
Yinyang patch

Music and Dance CDs and DVDs

Bejing Opera - Selected Songs by Famous Singers DVD
Classical Chinese Folk Music CD
Gongs and Drums for Celebration II CD
Sing to Learn Chinese CDs (3)
Tai Chi Music DC
Twisting Yangko Dancing DVD (Yangge)

Maps and Posters

Acupuncture chart
Animal poster with names written in Chinese and characters
China map (Political)
China map (People, Industry, and History)
Chairman Mao poster
Cultural Revolutionary poster
Peoples of China poster


Please make reservations at least one week before your requested pick-up to allow us time to inventory and prepare the trunk. 

It is our goal to have as many trunks in circulation as possible. Trunks may be borrowed for up to one month. Please borrow only for the amount of time you need the trunk so other educators have as much access to the trunk as possible.


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