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  • China Through Mapping [Annenberg Media "Social Studies In Action" Lesson Plan and Video]
    This effective K-2 unit integrates world geography with the study of Chinese culture and history. Aspects of it can be adapted for use at higher grade levels.
  • What is Asia? [National Geographic]
    This lesson will introduce students to diversity in Asia. After considering what is meant by the term "Asia," students will identify the various regions in Asia and consider factors for determining what is considered a "region." At the conclusion, students will answer the question: What is Asia?

  • How Physical Geography Affects Population Density: The Case of Japan (PDF) [Institute for Japanese Studies, The Ohio State University]
    This lesson plan examines absolute and relative location, as well as basic features of Japan's physical geography.
  • Political Development of China through History
    Have students look at the maps of China in succeeding dynasties on the "Chinese Dynasty Maps" section of the Minneapolis Institute of Art's "The Art of Asia" website. Ask them to list the dynasties and draw conclusions about the political power(s) of each dynasty by comparing the maps of China in succeeding dynasties.

  • China's International Relations
    1. Distribute a map of China and the neighboring countries that surround it.
    2. Divide the class into groups; have each group choose one of the countries on China's borders.
    3. Ask the groups to estimate what types of political relations China might have with the country it has chosen, based on geographic features and data:
      1. Do the two countries share a body of water?
      2. Are there land barriers, such as deserts or mountains, separating the two countries? What type of political relations might they expect if it is hard to cross from one country to another? If it is easy?
  • Other Questions to Consider
    1. To what degree do river valleys and drainage basins help order the regional divisions of civilizations?
    2. What relationships are there between the physical and cultural geographies of the Earth?

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