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  • China's 22 Provinces
    Maps showing China's Provinces:
      • China's 22 Provinces [A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization, University of Washington] With a separate map for each of the 22 provinces, plus two blank maps — one horizontal map and one vertical map — showing borders of China's provinces.
      • China View [Xinhua Online] Interactive map showing provinces. Clicking on each province name takes the viewer to a provincial map with informative text about the province and more detailed area maps.
    English Meanings of Chinese Province Names: Chart showing names of Chinese provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities, with their English translations.

    Exercise 1: Use the maps of Chinese provinces above, along with the chart of province names with English translations, to discuss how geographic features could be the origins of many province names. Students may want to use the China View website, below, to research further on specific provinces.
    Exercise 2: Use one of the blank maps above to fill in province names from memory.

  • Appreciating Chinese Place Names [Asia for Educators]
    This unit offers an explanation of Chinese place names and can be used in conjunction with above chart showing the English meanings of Chinese place names.

  • Chinese Culture Map Exercise [Brooklyn College]
    A blank map of China and surrounding area to be labeled with country names, physical features, cities; three sets of basic information to research.

  • Ordering a Chinese Meal [Asia for Educators]
    This exercise is designed to introduce students to Chinese cuisine.
  • Korea's Geography: How Do You Describe A Nation? [The Korea Society]
    The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to varying ways of seeing Korea's position in the world. Korea may be seen as "a shrimp among whales," as an "economic tiger," and as a notable tourist destination. Geography is not necessarily a static science, but one that can present changing views of a nation. This look at Korea also helps correct some inaccurate stereotypes of this major Asian nation. Lesson includes text, handouts, statistics, maps, and Web links.

  • Korea: It's in the Bag [PDF] [The Korea Society]
    For grades 4-6. In this lesson plan students will 1) identify the physical shape of the Korean peninsula; 2) label the physical and political features of the peninsula; 3) Draw conclusions as to how physical systems affect human systems.

  • Korea: Home Sweet Home [PDF] [The Korea Society]
    For grades 4-8. In this lesson plan students will 1) identify the geographic regions of Korea used for human settlement; 2) analyze the physical systems and how they have affected the human life; 3) Explain how scarcity and choice have shaped the Korean culture.

For the following three National Geographic lesson plans, teachers and students should use the Webcam links listed in the main text of Standard 4 (at the bottom of the page).

  • City or Country Life? [National Geographic]
    For grades 3-5. Although students often think of Asia as undeveloped and rural, some of the world's largest and most dynamic cities are located there. With this lesson plan, students will come to better determine what is urban and what is rural . Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and Hong Kong are examined, as are villages in East Asia's agricultural areas. Note to teachers: The examples in the first part of this lesson plan do not cover Asia specifically. Teachers looking for Asian samples for the first part of the lesson should use the Webcam links mentioned above. For Asia content and related links in this lesson plan, go to the "Extending Lesson" section.

  • Life on the Rivers of Asia [National Geographic]
    For grades K-2. Looking at the lives of people living along the Chang Jiang (Yangzi or Yangtze River) in China, as well as the Ganges in India, and the Mekong in Southeast Asia, students will gain insights into the profound influence of rivers within the regions through which they flow.

  • Marketplaces of Asia [National Geographic]
    For grades 3-5. By virtually visiting a mall in Seoul, a night market in Hong Kong, the Sunday Market in Kashi (China), a bazaar in Samarqand (Uzbekistan), and a street market in Beijing, students are able to understand the human and physical characteristics of "markets" and "marketplaces" in Asian culture.

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