Peggy Lehman, Carmel, IN; 6/15/’97
In order to better acquaint students with various Chinese
beliefs about the environment relative to human lives, a study of ancient
(and present) Chinese Feng Shui practices will be made via the Internet.
Grade Level: 6-12
Geography Standards addressed:
- #6) How culture and experience influence people’s perceptions
of places and regions.
- #8) The characteristics nd spatial distribution of ecosystems
on Earth’s surface.
- #10) The characteristics, distribution and complexity
of Earth’s cultural mosaics.
- #14) How human actions modify the physical environment.
- #15) How physical systems affect human systems.
- #16) The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution
and importance of resources.
- access to computers with Internet capability
- colored pencils
- poster board
Upon completion of the following activities, students
will be able to
- relate environmental influences to human situations through
- describe various traditional Chinese medical practices,
- explore the use of natural forces in Chinese medicine,
- analyze the spatial organization of names and communities
through Feng Shui, and
- practice research skills by using technology.
- 1. Using a globe and a map, study the border of China
with the students.
- 2. Talk about the size of the country in relation to
their school building or their state or country.
- 3. Discuss many of the physical features of the country
- 4. Show a video clip of no longer than 4 minutes on a
topic of Chinese medicine such as acupuncture, herbology, qi gong, nutrition,
and massage. Discuss the video with the students as a class. Talk about
how some medical practices in the United States vary from Chinese medical
practices, in some aspects.
- 5. Students have to summarize the video that they just
viewed to their colleagues, extemporaneously.
- 6. Next, present a visual display of an architectural
plan (house, community, office,...) that is arranged in accordance to the
practice of Feng Shui. On a poster board, have the students re-design their
own homes utilizing the Feng Shui practices. Work with an industrial education
or art education instructor if possible.
- 7. Last, discuss the concepts of Feng Shui that are universal.
Evaluation: Group interaction and respect of each
other and architectural plan
Resources: several web sites such as