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Rice in Cambodia through the Five Themes of Geography  

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Essential Questions

  • Lesson One: Location "The Location of Rice Cultivation in Cambodia."
  • Lesson Two: Place "What Makes Cambodia Different from Any Other Place on Earth?"
  • Lesson Three: Human Environment Interaction "The Challenges of Rice Farming in Cambodia"
  • Lesson Four: Movement "From Field to Plate In and Out of Cambodia"
  • Lesson Five: Region "Rice Producing Regions in the World"
  • Lesson Six: Culminating Lesson Cookbook /Sharing of Rice Dishes


"People have been eating rice for over 4,000 years. It originated in Southeast Asia, and Spanish explorers brought it to the West Indies at least 500 years ago. Today, 8,000 varieties of rice are grown throughout the world. About 15 varieties are grown in the U.S." (Who Belongs Here?: An American Story by Margy Burns Knight) Because we have a strong Southeast Asian student population in the Butler Middle School in Lowell, this unit will focus on Cambodia to drive the question: "What can we learn about rice from the Five Themes of Geography?"

Each lesson will revolve around one of the five themes of geography (Location, Place, Region, Movement, and Human Environmental Interaction.) In the sixth lesson, students make cookbooks of rice recipes from Cambodia and other countries from our student population.

The lessons can be used to stand on their own, or in any combination. Rice in Cambodia through the Five Themes of Geography can serve as a springboard for examining issues in any culture using the lenses of geography.


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