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Genghis Khan
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K-4 Classroom Ideas
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Review our online feature about Genghis Khan, as well as the articles and map supplement in the December 1996 and February 1997 issues of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine. If possible, share them with your students.
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Impressions of a Place
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Mongolia is probably unfamiliar and exotic to most of your students. Ask them if they have heard of Mongolia. If so, ask if they know which continent they would have to visit in order to see Mongolia. How large do they think it is? Discuss what life might be like there: What do Mongolians eat, how do they support themselves, how do they travel, what games do the children play?
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After you and your students have discussed their impressions of Mongolia, show them on a map that it is located in Central Asia. Have them compare its vast size to those of more familiar places, such as Texas.
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Many Mongolians still live off the land as their ancestors did in the time of Genghis Khan. They are nomads, traveling the grassy steppe on horseback and tending flocks of sheep. They live in round tents called gers.
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Talk with your students about the nomadic lives of the Mongolians. Would they prefer living in tents and riding horses to their present way of life? If so, ask them what they might miss most about the lives to which they are accustomed.
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You could have your students use pencils or crayons to draw the interiors of their own gers, showing everything they would need or want to subsist in Mongolia.
 


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