China and Its Neighbors: Society and Culture


World Cultures East Asia China and Its Neighbors: Society and Culture
Students consider the cause and effect relationship between technological advancement and the environment. Then they learn about six of China's primary environmental concerns and discuss how societies should weigh the issues. Next, they explore the Three Gorges Dam—the reasons behind it as well as the environmental and social costs. Finally, they write an opinion piece about their position on the Three Gorges Dam.

This learning experience is designed for device-enabled classrooms. The teacher guides the lesson, and students use embedded resources, social media skills, and critical thinking skills to actively participate. To get access to a free version of the complete lesson, sign up for an exploros account.

1:1 Devices
Teacher Pack

The Pack contains associated resources for the learning experience, typically in the form of articles and videos. There is a teacher Pack (with only teacher information) and a student Pack (which contains only student information). As a teacher, you can toggle between both to see everything.

Here are the teacher pack items for China and Its Neighbors: Society and Culture:

Preview - Scene 1
Exploros Learnign Experience Scene Navigation


Engage


Overview

In this experience, students consider the cause and effect relationship between technological advancement and the environment. Then they learn about six of China’s primary environmental concerns and discuss how societies should weigh the issues. Next, they explore the Three Gorges Dam—the reasons behind it as well as the environmental and social costs. Finally, they write an opinion piece about their position on the Three Gorges Dam.

Objective:

  • Identify environmental challenges faced by China as a result of its rapidly growing economy, particularly the impact of the Three Gorges Dam.


Objective:

  • Identify environmental challenges faced by China as a result of its rapidly growing economy, particularly the impact of the Three Gorges Dam.




You know what these young people are doing—you may do the same yourself! The cell phone has been a major technological advancement in today’s culture.



You probably noted some very positive changes that are a result of cell phones. People can get in touch with each other more quickly. It’s easier to figure out where you are when you are lost. You can even order dinner from some cell phones!

 

You might have thought about some of the negative changes, as well. Just like in the photo above, sometimes people spend more time looking at their phones than at each other. Phones can be a distraction.

Did you know that there are also environmental impacts from cell phones? Manufacturing cell phones requires a lot of energy and resources. And when cell phones get thrown away—which happens when people continuously upgrade—the material of the cell phone can leach hazardous waste into rivers and soil. A small phone can include toxic metals and substances such as lead, nickel, and mercury.




Trash landfill


So...you see the dilemma, right? Society makes technological advances that are designed to make life better. But there is often a cost.

In this experience, you will explore how technological advancements in China have created problems for their environment.


When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next scene.


End of Preview
The Complete List of Learning Experiences in East Asia Unit.
Would you like to preview the rest of this learning experience, and get access to the entire functioning World Cultures MS course for your classroom? Sign up using your school email address below.
Back to top