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Asia Topic Guide
The largest and most populated continent on Earth, Asia is the home of more than half of all the people in the world! The geography of the continent is very diverse, from the icy northern tundra, through the dry Gobi desert, to the southern rain forests.

The three largest cities in the world, Tokyo, Delhi and Shanghai, are all located in Asia.

Teach your children about Asia using our handy topic guide!

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Teaching Ideas | Resources | Facts | Videos | Books | Links

Teaching Ideas

  • Use an atlas, globe or Google Maps to locate Asia. Use Biome Viewer to see the range of biomes on the continent. Compare to another continent. What do you notice?
  • Try this Oak National Academy lesson, where children make a virtual visit to Asia, as part of a unit on the continents of the world.
  • Research a country in Asia and create a presentation or factfile about it.
  • Try a recipe from Asia, such as naan bread or sushi.
  • Take a virtual tour of Agra Fort in India and create a picture of it.
  • Using this list, find some Asian capital cities on Google Maps.
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Resources

Asia Facts

  • Asia is the largest continent on Earth. Over 4.5 billion people live in an Asian country.
  • The highest and the lowest land on the planet are found in Asia. The highest is the peak of Mount Everest, and the lowest is the Dead Sea, which is over 400 metres below sea level!
  • Over 2,000 languages are spoken in Asia. Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken, with over 1 billion speakers.
  • The city of Kyoto in Japan has over 1,600 Buddhist temples.
  • Indonesia has over 150 volcanoes, of which about 70 are active.

Videos

Tour Japan’s Ancient History And Modern Marvels

Take a virtual visit to Japan.

Running time: 4:57

Asia | Destination World

This short video is a good overview of the continent.

Running time: 2:48

The Great Wall of China – UAV Aerial Footage

Amazing drone footage of the Great Wall.

Running time: 3:26

An Introduction to South Asia

This brief video shows the diversity of the countries of South Asia

Running time: 1:00

South Korea | Basic Information

Learn facts about South Korea.

Running time: 2:39

Books

Malala’s Magic Pencil

Malala Yousafzai tells the story of her life.

Four Feet, Two Sandals

Older children will find this tale of children in a refugee camp thought-provoking.

Under the Great Plum Tree

This lovely book is set in India, and retells the story of the monkey and the crocodile.

City Trails - Singapore

Take a walk through the city of Singapore.

Collins First Atlas

Discover the countries of Asia in this atlas for younger children.

DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient China

A beautifully illustrated information book about Ancient China.

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