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Compare and contrast organisms living in China

Subject ArtsVisual ArtsScienceLife Science
Grade Level Grades K-5
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan, Presentation
Standards Alignment


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The BORN IN CHINA Educator’s Guide includes nearly 80 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2 through 6. The complete Educator’s Guide and additional educational resources are now available at The guide introduces students to a variety of topics, including: • Habitat and Ecosystems • Biodiversity • Learned Behaviors • Communication • Animal Relationships • Life Cycle • Earth’s Systems • Culture and the Arts • Making a Positive Difference for Wildlife Worldwide


Increase students’ knowledge of the amazing animals and habitats of China through interactive, interdisciplinary and inquiry-based lessons. 

Enhance students’ viewing of the Disneynature film BORN IN CHINA and inspire an appreciation for the wildlife and wild places featured in the film. 

Promote life-long conservation values and STEAM-based skills through outdoor natural exploration and discovery. 

Empower you and your students to create positive changes for wildlife in your school, community and world.

Educator's Guide Table of Contents

Standards Alignment Chart

Welcome to China

Lesson 1: Play, Pounce, Pose - An Animal Field Day

Lesson 2: Comparing the Animals of Disneynature Born in China

Lesson 3 Why is Bamboo Important to the Giant Panda?

Lesson 4: Yin & Yang - The Relationship Between Negative and Positive Space

Lesson 5: High Altitude Animal Adaptations

Lesson 6: How Scientists Use Technology to Study Endgangered Species

Lesson 7: The Silk Road

Keyword Glossary

Background on Disneynature's Born in China

Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film BORN IN CHINA takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together. Opening in U.S. theaters on Earth Day 2017, BORN IN CHINA is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and premiere nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman. 



Born in China Educator Guide.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
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Born in China Activity Packet.pdf

February 13, 2020
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BIC L1 Activities Powerpoint_FNL5.pdf

February 13, 2020
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BIC L6 Activities Powerpoint_FNL5.pdf

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BIC L7 Activities Powerpoint_FNL5.pdf

February 13, 2020
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Born in China Official Trailer #1 (2017) - Disneynature Movie HD
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Generate and compare multiple solutions about ways individual communities can use science to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Construct and support an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.


3 Reviews
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. All the PowerPoints have been uploaded to the resource. We appreciate your feedback. Susan
Susan Ward
August 01, 2019
I cant find the power point
This is a rich resource for background about a few organisms living in China. It would be an advantage to have these resources all in one place for the elementary student researcher. The visuals and video If purchased is engaging. The Next Generation Science Standard's guide in the teacher's section seems to be "reaching"for some of the standards listed. In addition the fun activities are loosely related and do not seem aligned with standards for assessment at all. They are only for fun and are loosely related.
July 09, 2018