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STANDARD 4: The physical and human characteristics of places
// EAST ASIA FROM SPACE
  • The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth [NASA] This NASA website has an interactive world map allowing viewers to see photos of areas of East Asia from space. Viewers can also click on the cities labeled in these areas for a list of space photos of the city under different conditions.
// CASE STUDIES

China

  • Geography [A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization, University of Washington] "Chinese civilization arose in a particular geographical context." A brief introduction followed by the following questions to consider while reading further:
          • How did geographical location affect Chinese contacts with other early civilizations?
          • Through what kinds of different terrain did Chinese civilization spread?
          • Why are minorities more common today in some areas than others?
  • Understanding China in Geography [University of Michigan] This eight-chapter curriculum unit covers various aspects of China's geography. Each chapter includes maps and other resources. This is a good site to explore for resources to complement those offered in Standards 4, 5 and 6.
  • Arteries of Empire [Asia for Educators] This reading for students discusses China's hydraulic (water control) system and important improvements over time in canal transport. The reading can be used to enlarge the discussion of the Grand Canal and China's use of waterways.

Japan

Korea

Vietnam

     

// VISITING ASIA THROUGH WEBCAMS
STANDARD 5: People create regions to interpret earth's complexity
// CASE STUDIES: FORMAL REGIONS
  • Regions of Japan [Kids Web Japan]

  • Label Me! Maps Maps can be printed out for students to label with the important related place names in China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Vietnam, as well as elsewhere in the world. See also the general site for maps of Asia. Please note that this websites charges a $20 annual subscription fee for access to full-page map printouts.
// CASE STUDIES: FUNCTIONAL REGIONS
STANDARD 6: How culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions
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