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Movement

People from Tibet are well known for their love of singing and dancing.  As a matter of fact, dancing has been a part of Tibetan culture for thousands of years.  

Take a look at the link below to learn more about the role of dance in Tibet.

After reading the information on the link and viewing the videos of Tibetan dance, you now know that many Tibetan animals have dances named after them: The Wild Bull Dance, Yak Dance, Deer Dance, Crane Dance, and Peacock Dance just to name a few.  What is your favorite animal?

  1. Create your own dance for an animal of your choice and choose a song to go with it.  

  2. Take out a sheet of notebook paper. Write your name, date, and grade on the first three lines. Title your paper Asia: Tibet.

  3. Skip a line and write a short paragraph explaining why you chose that animal and how the moves in your dance go along with the animal you chose. If you need some more inspiration, take a look at the video "Tibetan Yak Dance" on the right.

Sports in Tibet

People in Tibet love their sports, but their sports look a little bit different from our sports!  In Tibet, some of the most popular sports are archery, horse racing, yak racing, wrestling, rock carrying, horsemanship, Tibetan tug of war and Gyiren.  

Follow the link below to learn a little more about these sports.  

Now that you are finished learning, let’s take a closer look at Gyiren.  Look closely at the image below.

 Gyiren

Gyiren is described as pool, without any cue sticks.  Can you design a similar game of your own? What would you name the game and what are the rules?  

  1. Take out a sheet of notebook paper. Write your name, date, and grade on the first three lines. Title your paper New Game.

  2. On your paper, write your ideas and design your game.  Consider using a piece of cardboard and some pennies as your game pieces.  You could cut holes and try to shoot the pennies through the holes or you could simply draw circles and try to shoot the pennies into the circles without over shooting.

  3. After you create your game, write a short paragraph explaining the name of the game and the rules.
Don’t forget to place this completed activity/product into the pocket of your white Journey into Reading envelope.

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