After watching Asia's Global Influence , ask students to find Hong Kong on a world map. Explain that Hong Kong is not an independent country, but a territory. In 1898, after a war between Britain and China, the two countries signed an agreement that gave Britain control of Hong Kong for 99 years. In 1997, it was returned to China. However, unlike socialist China, Hong Kong has a market economy, one of the world's most prosperous.
Ask students to describe the physical geography of Hong Kong. (Located between mountains and the sea, it consists of a mountainous mainland and islands. Its climate is tropical. The main surrounding bodies of water are Victoria Harbor and the South China Sea.)
Have students share their impressions of Hong Kong from the program. Ask them what it would be like to live there. (Answers will vary, but try to reinforce the idea that Hong Kong is prosperous and has a rich history; its urban areas are crowded and expensive; its residents have strong traditions; and its cities stand in great contrast to the less densely populated lush rural areas, where most people farm.)
Ask students to name landmarks, sites, and places mentioned in the program.
Ask students to list different forms of transportation mentioned in the program.
Divide students into groups of three. Explain that teams will choose three sites they'd like to visit in Hong Kong (from the list above or from their research) on a virtual day trip. Each site should reflect a different aspect of Hong Kong, such as its history, geography, religion, economy, or daily life. They must research these sites, then create a travel brochure for them.
As students conduct their research, encourage them to sketch or print out images. They should also collect the following information for each site:
Have students use print and online resources in their research. The following Web sites may be helpful:
Hand out materials for students to create their brochures. Have them fold their paper into three equal panels. Their brochures should include at least one picture and information about each site based on their research. Site descriptions should provide reasons for visiting, such as interesting or impressive details, why it's unique to Hong Kong, or what it reveals about life. The brochures should include a map and information on different forms of transportation.
Have teams pass their brochures around the room to learn about the different landmarks. Then plan a virtual class trip to Hong Kong, choosing sites that reflect different aspects the territory, including history, geography, religion, economy, and daily life.
For "A Great Green Wall" segment: Divide the class into three groups. Have each group review a different aspect of desertification in China.
For the "Rich and Poor" segment: After watching the program, ask students to describe differences between North Korea and South Korea. Divide the class into two groups; one will create a country profile of North Korea, the other of South Korea. Profiles should include information about the country's economy, geography, government, education, and a timeline beginning in 1948 when the Korea was divided. Have each group lead a class period to teach about the country they studied.
For "The Extended Family" segment: Ask students to review what they learned about the role of family in Vietnam. What do most people do for a living there? What crops do they grow? How does the importance of family reflect the teachings of Confucius? How are families changing as people move into cities? Ask students to write an essay comparing their own family experiences to the families in rural Vietnam villages. For example, how do the roles of men and women differ in both societies? How are extended families different?
Definition: An ancient Chinese tradition based on the balance between people and their environments; the system of arranging one's surroundings to achieve harmony with the environment and bring peace, health, and wealth
Context: All new buildings in Hong Kong must be approved by feng shui masters.
Definition: A popular or familiar sight
Context: The Great Buddha on Landau Island is one of Hong Kong's most famous landmarks.
Definition: A Chinese form of physical exercise designed for self defense and meditation; characterized by a series of very slow and deliberate movements
Context: Many people in Hong Kong practice tai chi.
The National Science Education Standardsprovide guidelines for teaching science as well as a coherent vision of what it means to be scientifically literate for students in grades K-12. To view the standards, visithttp://books.nap.edu.
This lesson plan addresses the following national standards:
The National Council for Geographic Education(NCGE) provides 18 national geography standards that the geographically informed person knows and understands. To view the standards online, go tohttp://www.ncge.org.
This lesson plan addresses the following NCGE standards: