|By:||Marcy Ritchie, Battle Ground Middle School, Lafayette, Indiana
June 30, 2000
Grade Level: Grade 6
|Purpose:||The purpose of this lesson is to enable students to determine the geographic features that facilitate and prevent communication and commerce between parts of China.|
National Geography Standards:
The World in Spatial Terms:
#1. How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective. #3. How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface. Places and Regions: #4. The physical and human characteristics of places.
#11. The patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth’s surface. #12. The processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement.
Environment and Society:
#15. How physical systems affect human systems.
The Uses of Geography:
#18. How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.
*A previous introduction to the geographic features of China.Purpose: Upon completion of this activity, the student will be able to
*Two maps of China, one showing specific cities, and a topographic one (showing major rivers, mountains, and deserts
(Suggestion: Good maps are available in the Scholastic Professional Books.)
Read about construction of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze (yang see) River and the problems posed by the Yangtze (also Yangzi or Chang Jiang) River.
The Ancient World, Prentice Hall, 1998.
China, A Complete Resource by Diana Granat and Stanlee Brimberg, Scholastic Professional Books, 1999
Your Name___________________________________________Period_____Group No._____Date________
Social Studies Activity: Crossing China by Sampan
Your group will be taking four trips across China in a sampan. All the trips will begin in Harbin, in the northeast corner of China. Each of the four trips will end in different cities. You will want to stay on the water (in your sampan) as much as possible because crossing land means you have to portage, or carry, your sampan. You will record the distance you travel on land and the distance you travel by water on each of the four trips.
#1 is Harbin to Hainan Island.
#2 is Harbin to Lhasa.
#3 is Harbin to Kunming.
#4 is Harbin to Urumqi.
Map of China with Major Cities
Map of China with Major Rivers, Mountains & Deserts
|Record:||Distance sailed||Distance portaged|
Now write these distances on the chalkboard (or overhead) under your group’s number.
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