Lesson Idea Journey to China!
Have students make passports that will be stamped as they enter China. Then, on a large world map, students can plot their journey to China.
Basic Points of Interest on the Geography of East Asia [East Asia in Geographic Perspective, Asia for Educators]
Short overview. Part of a larger unit on East Asia’s Geography.
Maps Outline Maps of China [Asia for Educators]
Maps Recommended Wall and Desk Maps of East Asia [East Asia in Geographic Perspective, Asia for Educators]
What’s in a Name? Chinese Rivers, Cities, and Provinces [Asia for Educators]
A translation exercise with the names of Chinese rivers, cities, and provinces.
Lesson Plan Mapping Perceptions [Asia Society]
For grades 3-5. In this lesson plan students map their own neighborhoods and describe what is and is not included on a map. They then look at historical and contemporary maps (of China, in this case) and compare and contrast the use of scale, orientation, etc. with their own maps to understand how to read and utilize different types of maps.
Video China Through Mapping [Social Studies in Action: A Teaching Practices Library, Annenberg Learner]
Social Studies in Action is a free online video library that “documents 24 teachers and their students in K-12 classrooms across the country actively exploring social studies.” In this lesson, a teacher from Solano Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona, teaches her second-grade students about China’s position on the globe and the location of important landmarks within the country.
Game The China Game [Asia Society]
Based on a board game created at the University of Vermont, this interactive trivia-type flash game has students answer questions about Chinese history and geography to “race” a dragon from the city of Harbin in the east to Urumqi in the west.
Puzzle Map Puzzle: Map the Regions of China [Asia Society]
“Can you piece China together?” In this interactive puzzle, students learn about the distinguishing features of China’s nine major geographical regions as they try to drag-and-drop each region into its actual location on a map of China.
Map Explore China [Asia Society]
An illustration-type map showing major cities, rivers, and other geographical features, as well as the location of famous attractions, such as the Great Wall and the Giant Panda.