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        Where in China is...?: Lesson Plan | The Story of China

        In this activity, students examine and plot different locations that hold historical importance. Students will also use the interactive game Where in China is...? to students study the test their knowledge of Chinese geography.

        Lesson Summary

        China today is one of the largest countries in the world, covering 3.7 million square miles. Its diverse geography includes some of the tallest mountains in the world, vast deserts, and ample farmland. One after another, different dynasties ruled China. Some dynasties controlled lands that lie beyond the borders of today’s China. Other dynasties controlled only parts of what we see on the map today. Chinese civilization has influenced other societies across the Asian continent. The Where in China is...? interactive gives students an opportunity to explore 19 locations that defined the development of China throughout the ages.

        In this activity, students examine and plot different locations that hold importance in China's history. After reviewing all of the sites, students test their knowledge of Chinese geography by trying to make it to Shanghai in the interactive game Where in China is….?.

        Time Allotment

        Suggested Time: 2-3 hours

        Learning Objectives

        After completing this lesson, students will be able to describe different locations across China that hold historical importance.

        Supplies

        Supplies Online Resources

         

         

        Introductory Activity

        Engage - Introduction to Chinese Geography

        On their own devices or as a class on a projector, have students examine the physical features of China using the satellite view in Google Maps or another online maps app. After students have explored the map of China, use the following questions for small group or class discussions.

        • What three geographic features impacted the people of China throughout history? Do you think they still are affected in the same way by their environment? Why or why not?
        • How did China’s physical geography impact its interactions with other cultures?
        • Where do you think are the largest population centers? Why?

        Learning Activities

        Explore - Important Places and Physical Features

        Using the resources found on The Story of China Timeline, explore important Chinese historical sites and plot them on a digital or analog map.

        Online Version

        1. Have students create a Google MyMap through their Google Drive account.
        2. Add each location to the map.
        3. In the description, add the following:
          1. A title of the location.
          2. A short description of the historical importance.
          3. How the physical location impacted the people and/or events.
          4. An image or video.

        Offline Version

        1. Print out a line map of China.
        2. Determine each location using a textbook or online map and plot it on the printed map.
        3. Either on the map or on a separate sheet of paper, add the following:
          1. A title of the location.
          2. A short description of the historical importance.
          3. How the physical location impacted the people and/or events.

        Culminating Activity

        Apply - Where in China is…? Interactive Map Game

        After students are finished with their maps, have them try the interactive map game Where in China is…? Track the best scores on the board or classroom website.

        You can provide the following map resources to students for additional information.

        Extension Ideas

        1. Ask students to determine an additional 5-10 historical locations or physical features to their maps.
        2. Instead of using Google MyMaps, students can create a tour of the Chinese historical sites using Google Tour Builder.
        3. Students can narrate the highlights of their Google MyMap using a screencasting app (e.g. Screencast-o-Matic or Screencastify).

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