India & China Teacher's Guide

July 12, 2000 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:

Jasmine - The World Gone MAD with Over-consumption

The team visits Hong Kong, the bustling, ultra-modern metropolitan of China. A tour introduces students to the region and explains how it's a prime example of the effects of consumerism on our world.

  1. For discussion: What kinds of goods do students buy for their homes? What do they buy for school use? What do they buy in their daily routine? Which of those goods are necessities and which are "extras"? What items do they have but are not using, and can those be donated to another family or organization?
  2. Follow-up: Have students discuss ways to reduce consumerism in their lives.

Abeja - Bicycling through Asia: the Y2K Experience

The team rents old bicycles for a real Chinese adventure in Chengdu. Dodging crazy traffic and dealing with old bikes, the team talks of the history of bicycles in China, air pollution, the "China Syndrome," and flu epidemics.

  1. For discussion: Have students break down the modes of transportation that they use: how many require fossil fuels? What is the benefit of using human-powered modes of transportation?
  2. Follow-up: Have a bicycle safety day where students learn safe riding habits and techniques like signalling and planning routes for their cycling activities

Kavitha - Pandas on the Edge: Trying to Survive in Modern China
Kid's Version available

The team visits the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu and learns about the threat to extinction that faces these adorable bears.

  1. For discussion: Ask students which animals they think are the most successful on the planet and why?
  2. Follow-up: Have students research the history of one endangered species in their county and find out the causes of extinction/what they can do to stop them
  3. For younger students: Draw examples of endangered species, discuss which ones have disappeared since they were born.
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