Third Graders learned about the “Twelve Symbols” used on the emperor’s robes, which were present every imperial dynasty from the Han (206 BC-AD 220) to the Ming (AD 1368-1644). The Ch’ing or Qing Dynasty(AD1644-1911), also known as the “Dragon Throne”, elevated the symbol of a dragon, which was part of the “Twelve Symbols” as the main symbol used on imperial robes. Symbols were copied from lesson plans found at The students’ favorite symbols to feature on their robes were the axe, the dragon, the pheasant, the fu, and the geometric and water themed designs on the borders.  To see these robes and more student work, visit our Flickr Sets at