This week the United States said goodbye to Bao Bao, a popular giant panda at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Bao Bao is headed to her new home in China.
To incorporate this current event into your reading lesson, use Integrated Reading passage: 7-7 I Social Studies 1070L- Panda Diplomacy.
News articles that discuss Bao Bao
Conduct a close read using the passage. For tips on conducting a close read try this or this.
Have students research and write about (or draw if you have younger students):
- Interesting facts about where panda diplomacy began and how it relates to Bao Bao.
- What is China’s giant panda breeding program, and why is it important?
- Fun facts about the four U.S. zoos that house giant pandas. What other interesting animals do they house?
- Other gestures of panda diplomacy that have been made toward the U.S.
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