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  • The Rhythm of Rice Production [National Geographic]
    For grades K-2. Students will explore the importance of rice in Asian communities. They will then learn about the "rhythm" of rice production as they are introduced to its growing cycle. Finally, students will create seasonal images of rice cultivation in a calendar format.

  • The Impact of Natural Hazards around the World [National Geographic]
    For grades 6-8. Natural hazards are the result of physical processes that affect humans every day. Geographically informed people must understand those impacts and how humans use technology to adapt to phenomena such as fires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanoes. This lesson is designed to help students understand that the negative consequences of natural hazards can be reduced if we understand our vulnerability to learn to prepare for them.

  • Crossing Boundaries: The Environment, Disease, and Conflict in Asia [National Geographic]
    For grades 9-12. Physical and political boundaries play an important role in the world. They are conventions that have been created, adapted, and/or devised by nature and humans. So too, are a wide variety of other boundaries. These boundaries can act as national and/or international assets, but they can also act as impediments that restrict or prohibit the flow of resources, commerce, or intellectual property, or barriers that isolate people and divide nations. Finally, they can be the source of international compromise, cooperation, or conflict. Many boundaries play an important role in issues pertaining to environmentalism, epidemiology, and discord that might range from trade wars to military confrontations. In this lesson, students will learn about boundaries as they apply to matters of pollution, disease, and conflict within the continent of Asia, between Asian nations, and between Asian nations and members of the international community.
  • Japan: Land, the Family, and Political Power [Asia for Educators]
    This short essay describes land cultivation (specifically, how and who cultivates the land) and the relationship between land ownership and political power. It also discusses the effect of Japan's mountainous topography on the relationship between local and central government control. Discussion questions are included.

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