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Subject: Social Studies
Grade Level: 7-12
Indonesia is the world's fourth most
populous country after China, India, and the United States. It is a
nation made up of over 17,000 islands stretching 3,200 miles and is
home to unique wildlife and many different cultures. More than half
of the Indonesian people live on Java, where Jakarta, Indonesia's capital
and largest city, is located. Although the islands are home to more
than 100 ethnic groups, most Indonesians are of mixed Malay origins
and practice Islam.
In this lesson students will work together
to create a cruise package to Indonesia. The objective is for students
to discover the diversity among the islands that make up Indonesia.
Students will collaborate on a travel brochure and coordinate the activities
for fictitious travelers. Students will be in charge of organizing daily
activities for travelers on their virtual cruise.
National Geography Standards from the
McRel Standards Database at http://www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarks/
- Knows the location of places, geographic
features, and patterns of the environment.
- Understands the nature, distribution and migration
of human populations on Earth's surface.
- Understands the nature and complexity of Earth's
- Understands the patterns of human settlement
and their causes.
- Understands the concept of regions.
- Understands that culture and experience influence
people's perceptions of places and regions.
- A reproducible map of Indonesia (one
can be found at http://www.tourismindonesia.com/).
- A copy of the program "Wild Indonesia,"
a television and a VCR.
- Computers with Internet access.
- Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia CD-ROM
or other encyclopedia CD-ROM.
It is recommended that 3-4 hours of class
time be scheduled to complete the entire lesson.
- Ask students to identify Indonesia
on a map. Make sure to make students aware that Indonesia is not just
located in one place, but that it is made up of thousands of islands.
Ask students what they know about Indonesia. If they have trouble
coming up with ideas, ask them what types of animals and agriculture
might live and grow in such a tropical, southern location.
- Once they have some familiarity with
Indonesia, divide the class into groups of 3-5 students. Each group
will be assigned an island of Indonesia. Once each group has their
island, have them identify it on a map. The islands featured in Wild
Indonesia are Sumatra, Java, New Guinea, Bali, and Sulawesi. Student
groups will be responsible for researching their assigned island.
- The following clips from Wild Indonesia
will be helpful for students to watch. After viewing, ask students
to write down what they think is unique about each island.
- Where Worlds Collide, 5:00 to
20:00 - Sumatra
- Where Worlds Collide, 22:00 to
28:00 - Sumatra Coral Reefs
- Where Worlds Collide, 29:00 to
36:00 - Bali
- Where Worlds Collide, 38:00 to
42:00 - Bali Coast, sea trenches
- Where Worlds Collide, 44:00 to
52:00 - New Guinea
- Mystery of Sulawesi - Pick out
a segment you would like your students to focus on.
- Once students have watched the clips
and generally discussed Indonesia, tell students that they are going
to be creating a two-day cruise package excursion to and island of
Indonesia that should be rich in Indonesian culture. Students should
be sure to explore cities as well as the ocean surrounding their island.
For example, students could create a snorkeling excursion that takes
place in the coral reef of Sumatra.
- Each student in the group should choose
one or more of the following areas to research. Students might begin
with one of the Web sites mentioned below.
- General Information (population,
major cities, landscape) for the travelers.
- Cultural events to watch or participate
- Native food to feed the travelers
(breakfast, lunch, and supper).
- Weather to prepare for.
- Sporting activities and events
to watch or participate in.
- Wildlife native to the island.
- When students are addressing cultural
events or activities, have students answer the following questions
- What is the event/activity?
- Will travelers participate in
this event/activity or just observe?
- What will be learned and/or experienced
by this event/activity?
- How is this event/activity unique
- How is this event/activity a part
of Indonesian culture?
- When students have completed their
research, have them each write a one page paper discussing what they
have discovered about their island. After they've written their papers,
have them come together to complete activity
sheet 1. After they have filled out activity
sheet 1, they will be ready to create the itinerary for their
island excursion using activity sheet 2.
In addition, students should be sure to map out the journey they will
take travelers on using a map of their island.
- Depending on the availability of computers
to your class, you have several different options for each group presenting
its two-day travel package. If you have HyperStudio or PowerPoint,
have your students create a slide show of each activity or event.
Students can easily add pictures and sounds to their slide show from
the Internet or the Encarta or Virtual Globe CD-ROMs. If you do not
have access to such programs, have students create posters of their
event to present in front of the class for each activity. Students
can create their own drawings or cut out pictures from magazines.
- Have each group present their two-day
cruise excursion to the rest of the class. During the presentations,
each group should have a map of their island and chart the path of
each day's activities on it.
- Invite other teachers or administrators
to the presentation.
Use the resources below to find information about Indonesia.
The Library of Congress Country Studies:
Indonesia Government Site
PBS Living Edens: Borneo
Microsoft Encarta Deluxe Encyclopedia CD-ROM
Microsoft Virtual Globe CD-ROM
Any encyclopedia set
Assessment for this assignment should
be based upon whether the students worked cooperatively and efficiently
in a group and participated in the group presentation. Students should
thoroughly research their activity and be able to provide additional
information about this area of research.
- Have students take their work one
step further and publish it on the Internet. Students can create an
Indonesian theme to their web site graphics and create a virtual travel
agency featuring a cruise to Indonesia. As a part of the virtual travel
agency, have students calculate the cost of a cruise to Indonesia.
Students can use the Internet to find out how much airplane tickets
would be for a round trip to Indonesia. They can compare cruise packages
to other distant lands for pricing the actual cruise.
- In order for students to get a better
flavor of Indonesian culture, they can use e-mail through www.epals.com
to communicate with their Indonesian peers. Have students get more
in depth information about their island, the culture, landscape and
foods from students who actually live there. This will give students
a more personal look at Indonesia.
Chris Hungerford is a technology teacher
at EXCEL Alternative High School in Marshalltown, Iowa. Chris was named
the Midwest Regional Teacher of the Year by Technology and Learning
Magazine for 1998. Chris created a class called Virtual City that uses
SimCity 2000 to help his students learn all about cities. Students in
the class have real mayors in the United States as e-mail partners.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys serving as a reserve deputy for his
local sheriff's office.