Teaching East Asia in the Middle School (TEAMS)
These lesson plans were developed by middle school teachers at our 1996-98 TEAMS workshops, based on National Council for the Social Studies themes. Each volume contains lesson plans, outlines, and activities that present central issues related to East Asia in a systematic and easy-to-understand way.
Volumes 1 and 2 are available for purchase. Please review the ordering information and price list for more details about payment.
For students to successfully compete in a global society, they must have a working knowledge of the culture, governments, geographic locations, and economic policies of Asia.
This guide, developed by teachers for teachers, is thematically and geographically organized. It contains:
- More than 40 practical lesson plans, outlines, and activities
- 130 pages, including five maps
Vol. 1 is available for purchase and may also be bought as a set with Vol. 2.
The following are selected lesson plans from TEAMS Vol. 2 that are available in free PDF files. Copies of the entire Vol. 2 are also available for purchase.
Theme A: People, Places, and Environment
- Capital Connections (PDF)
- Mapping the World (PDF)
- China on a Globe (PDF)
- EAST BRIEF: Bring Reality into Effective Focus (PDF)
- Population and Area Comparison (PDF)
- Physical Geography of East Asia (PDF)
- Geography of Japan (PDF)
- World at Your Fingertips: Cartographic Skills (PDF)
Theme B: Technology, Production, Distribution, and Consumption
- East Asian Trading Ships (PDF)
- Agriculture in East Asia (PDF)
- East Asia: Agriculture and Natural Resources (PDF)
- Economic Development and Air Pollution (PDF)
- How East Asia Became an Economic Power (PDF)
Theme C: Cultures, Continuity, and Change
Theme D: Aesthetics, Celebrations, and Values
Theme E: Instructions, Power, and Government
Theme F: United States and Global Connections
The following are selected lesson plans from TEAMS Vol. 3 that are available in free PDF files.