Purpose of activity: An introduction to the geography of China
Target age group: Ages 9-13, but can be used with younger if they have help.
Description of activity: There are two layers. The bottom is a colored map with cities and geographical site labeled. The top layer is a clear transparency with the modern country lines on it. The transparency can be lifted to see the land as it really is, without the political boundaries. An extra page gives an outline of Texas and Pennsylvania that you can photocopy on the back of the map, to give a size comparison so that students will understand how big China is.
Time needed: At least 30 minutes.
Materials you will need: colored pencils (I recommend Berol Prismacolor) or crayons, scissors, clear packing tape ("Scotch" tape will do), copies of the pattern pages on white card stock and transparencies (any office supply store can copy things onto transparencies), permanent markers (preferably red or orange or blue).