Locate reference points on a map or globe.
Identify the major landforms and bodies of water
Demonstrate their understanding of the physical landscape of
China by using a variety of materials to create a physical map of China.
Create a travel brochure of China.
Microsoft Publisher or Word
(brochure template), On-line Resources, color pencils, blank physical
1. Inform the students that China is a
land of major contrasts with very distinctive physical features. Using a large physical map
of the China show the students the major physical features of
China. Provide students with background information on the
significance these features have played in China's isolation from the
Explain to students that physical maps illustrate landform regions,
vegetation patterns, and climatic zones. Ask students to describe the physical landscape of
What is the topography like? What climatic zones cover China? How would
you describe the vegetation of China? Record students' responses on
the chalkboard so they can be referred to. Tell students that they will
create a physical map of China.
2. Hand each student a
blank physical map of
3. Using the web links below,
have the students research the physical landscape of China. Have the students
color in the areas on their blank map which are predominately:
plains (dark green), hills (light
green), deserts (yellow),
mountains (brown), river valleys (blue),
and forest (purple).
4. Have the students label the following
physical features: Gobi Desert, Mt. Everest, Gulf of Tonkin,
Mekong River, Yellow River, Grand Canal, Himalayan Mountains, Yellow Sea,
Yangtze River, Sea of Japan, Great Wall of China, Tian Shan Mountains,
East China Sea, and South China Sea.
5. Once students have completed
their physical map of China, inform them that they will now create a
travel brochure to one of the major physical features of China.
Visit a local travel agent and request copies of brochures of China to share with
6. Their brochure should
including the following information: landmark/major physical features,
climate, people, wildlife, points of interest and clipart/pictures that
reflect their selected area. (brochure
7. Students may use the web
links listed below or conduct a search using:
Physical map of China and travel brochure rubric
Have the students create
a relief map of China, using indigenous dry foods of China.
Have the students prepare
a virtual tour of China.
Have the students contact
the Chinese Embassy for
information and literature to exhibit classroom showcase.
CIA Factbook: http://cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ch.html
visit the CIA Factbook on China
http://china.org.cn/e-changshi/ general facts on China.
blank printable map of China.
Perry-Castaņeda Library Map
general information site on China.
Brigham Young University/History
physical map of China.