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GENERAL RESOURCES FOR ELEMENT E: ALL STANDARDS
STANDARD 14: How human actions modify the physical environment
// AGRICULTURE
Rice

  • International Rice Research Institute [IRRI]
  • Rice Knowledge Bank
  • How a Paddy-field Works [The Imaginatorium] Focusing of the Kanto Plain in Japan, this website uses text and images to show clearly the agricultural cycle, including each step from preparing the field for planting through harvesting. Here, important innovations in technology reveal the ways that Japan has used mechanization to overcome reductions in the size of the farming population.

Water Resources

  • The Three Gorges Project [US Embassy of the PRC] WIth many links to official Chinese government information about the Three Gorges Dam project.
STANDARD 15: How physical systems affect human systems
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STANDARD 16: The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources
// CHINA: INVENTIONS AND IDEAS
  • China's Gifts to the West [Asia for Educators] An exercise identifying Chinese inventions that we use and enjoy in daily life provides an excellent starting point for discussing both the achievements of the Chinese civilization and China's influence on the West. This reading describes China's inventions of silk, tea, porcelain ("china"), paper, printing, gunpowder, the mariner's compass, medicines, lacquer, games (including cards, dominoes, and kites), and miscellaneous items such as umbrellas, as well as natural resources, such as plants (including peaches, apricots, and citrus fruits) and minerals (including coal and zinc), first discovered and cultivated by the Chinese.

  • Chinese Ideas in the West [Asia for Educators] In addition to material inventions that came to the West from China (discussed above), Chinese "ideas" also influenced political and social development in the West. This reading discusses the Chinese origins of and influence on the civil service, alchemy and chemistry, agricultural methods, thought in the Age of the Enlightenment, Western literature, and Western political and economic theories.

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