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  1. Chinese Traditions

    Explore the art and daily life of one of the world's most enduring civilizations! Use an exciting collection of objects, from scholar's writing supplies to a graphic novel to a 12-foot-long reproduction of a classic Chinese scroll painting, to learn about history and empathy. Note: This box was created to complement The Field Museum's Cyrus Tang Hall of China, but if your class can't make it to the museum (or to the website for a virtual tour), it stands on its own.

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  2. Woodland Native American Shelter

    Homes are designed to provide shelter for their inhabitants living in a particular environment and climate. Some homes are built for temporary or seasonal purposes. Others are built as permanent structures. The Woodland Native Americans built summer and winter homes. Discover the materials used to build woodland shelters and the environment and climate in which they were built. Design and build your own wigwam to understand how Woodland Native Americans used to build their shelters! Learn More
  3. Sounds of Africa

    This box can be used as an introduction to the science of sound, as well as to explore African cultures through music. By examining various African percussion instruments, come to understand how and why materials, force, resonance, and size of instrument result in unique sound. Discover the role music has played in different African cultures and how it has developed, based on factors such as location, materials available, and purpose. Learn More
  4. Living Together: Shelters

    People everywhere must find food and shelter. Living Together: Shelters exhibits the diverse and incredible ways people around the world build their homes, influenced by environment, history, culture, and creativity. Challenge yourself to create a shelter that meets specific environment and material requirements. Finally, design the perfect shelter for your community! Learn More
  5. World Percussion

    Drums, cymbals, gongs, sticks and a variety of other instruments are percussion instruments. They are created and used all over the world by many cultures. Allow students to strike and shake instruments to hear the different tones produced. Compare and contrast the instruments in the box to better understand how an instrument's materials and shape affect the sound produced. Learn More
  6. Corn

    Examine the great versatility and interesting cultural history of corn. A native of Mexico, corn's usefulness goes beyond flour and cornmeal, to paper, mattress stuffing and even explosives. Learn More
  7. West African Fabrics and Symbols

    Explore West African textiles and symbols. Five different types of West African textiles are included in this box. In addition, a traditional calabash stamp and set of rubber stamps depicting West African adinkra symbols can be used for decorating your own textile. Learn More
  8. Day of the Dead

    El Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an important holiday in many Latin American cultures. It centers on remembering and honoring deceased family members and the cycle of life. Marvel in the vibrant decorations and art used to adorn homes and altars during this holiday; infer cultural beliefs about death by looking at the details of masks, rattles, and other decorations; and make your own altar to commemorate a deceased historical figure. Learn More
  9. Vamos a Comer

    Latin American cuisine displays great variability. Different regions within Latin America are known for their distinct styles of cooking and signature dishes, made with local crops and tools both ancient and modern. This Experience Box introduces students to a few of these dishes by exploring the ingredients and tools used to prepare them. Along the way students can: research the history of various foods, including their introduction to new consumers and transport into new markets; interact with the culinary tools to predict their uses; and act out what it would be like to fry a plantain or grind dried chile peppers. Learn More
  10. Living Together: Shoes

    By examining shoes, we can explore the needs and desires of individuals around the world. This box contains various shoes from diverse cultures. Use them to discuss measurement by analyzing and comparing different shoes and their sizes. Practice classification and categorization by sorting the shoes into different groups. Finally, analyze Van Gogh's shoe paintings and create your own interpretation of his work. Learn More

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