Students will follow along in activity with the teacher where they will fill in their map of ancient China. Students use symbols and a legend to cover topics of ancient China.
The teacher will group students to play a game. In this game they will be given an index card with a city mountain range bay country or ocean. The student will then have to correctly place the index card on the map. The teacher will keep score and help with discussion.
11 Geography Activities
Students will fill out an activity sheet where they describe each geographical vocabulary word and they will then draw picture of it. For example the student will define plateau and draw what a plateau looks like.
12 Geography Activities continued
Given a geographical map of Asia with all the rivers and mountains marked students will draw trade routes such as the Silk Road. Students will use their textbook as well as the internet.
Through class discussion the teacher will explain why trade routes expand culture and why mountains and seas can inhibit trade. The teacher should also explain why rivers help trade go much faster.
The teacher will give each student something of value in todays culture (i.e. clothes watch moneyetc.). The students will then be told that each of those nice things represent something from ancient China that held value. Students can come to see what drove ancient Chinas economy.
15 Economics Activities continued
By using the maps the students created in a geography lesson the teacher will discuss how and how trade was affected. Students should come to grasp how economics can be dependent on geography.
The teacher will again divide up the class into the classes of ancient times such as the aristocrats the farmers and the nobles. The teacher should talk about who had the most money and who did most of the work.
16 Economics Activities continued
The teacher will bring in a piece of bronze for every student to see and hold. The teacher will then discuss how and why bronze was made.
The teacher will bring a piece of silk clothing and pass it around to the class. Through discussion students will understand that this was an expensive product because the Europeans wanted it which in return gave money to china.
21 Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Activities
When discussing the Ancient Chinese class system hand each student a card assigning them to be a member of the class system. Each student must research his/her character and that characters role in society. The students will dress as their character and present their findings to the class.
Have the students research the role of women in Ancient Chinese history and compare it to the role of women in China today.
22 Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Activities (cont.)
The students must analyze the reasons that Chinese boys were valued more than Chinese girls.
Have the students debate about how Confucius impacted the everyday lives of Ancient Chinese citizens.
Have the students compare Taoism in China to Buddhism in India.
23 Science Technology and Society Websites
Have students replace their calculators with abacuses so that the students can see the tools ancient societies used with mathematics.
Have the students analyze the impact of gunpowder on Ancient China and the rest of the world at that time.
25 Science Technology and Society Activities (cont.)
Have the students debate about which Ancient Chinese invention/creation had the biggest influence on Ancient China and/or the rest of the world at that time.
Have the students discuss the way that silk is produced and research the Silk Road.
Have the students take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China.
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