Unit 2-14


  • History: Asian Kingdoms
  • Geography: Southeast Asia
  • Science: Non-metals
  • Arts: Vivid Language


Layers of Learning Unit 2-14 is a complete unit study for history, geography, science, and the arts.

  • History: Asian Kingdoms
  • Geography: Southeast Asia
  • Science: Non-metals
  • Arts: Vivid Language

Layers of Learning Unit 2-14 includes the history of southeast Asia during the Middle Ages. We cover the Delhi Sultanate and Vijayanagara in India, the Khmer Empire, and Malacca.  Then in geography, we’ll take in the whole southeast Asian peninsula and archipelagos.  We include Burma,
Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Next, we’ll learn about non-metals in chemistry including diagramming more atoms, and examining nitrogen, phosphorus, oxygen, and the noble gases in more detail.  Last, in the arts, we’ll learn how to paint mental pictures with vivid language, personification, similes, metaphors, and onomatopoeia.

In each unit, you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, and lots of activities to choose from for kids of all ages.  Sidebars include a bunch more ideas including Additional Layers, Fabulous Facts, On The Web, Writer’s Workshop, Famous Folks, and Teaching Tips.  Printable maps and worksheets are included with each unit and may be printed as often as needed for your family or class.

Age Range: 6-18

Grade Level: 1-12

Pages: 60

Weight7.4 oz
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × .25 in

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6-18 Years


DY201-214 – PDF
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Here are links and online videos referenced in this unit.  And here is the YouTube Playlist for Unit 2-14.

Asian Kingdoms

Southeast Asia


Vivid Language


Here are more activities, printables, and ideas you can add to this unit for even more learning opportunities.

Asian Kingdoms

  • Learn more about medieval explorers, especially Ibn Battuta, Marco Polo, and Zheng He.  PBS has a lesson plan about these three explorers with some videos that go with it.
  • Shiva was (and is) an important deity of southeast Asia.  This lesson plan from the MET examines a statue of Shiva and its symbolism and then gives students an activity.
  • Look at this map of Cambodia.  Find Angkor on the map.  Why might the ancient capital have been situated here?  Do research on Tonle Sap Lake.  Then spend some time viewing these images of the ruins of Angkor. What can you learn about the power and structure and values of this ancient kingdom by looking at the ruins?  Use printed maps and images of Angkor along with your written conclusions to make a notebooking page(s) on what you learned.
  • Use this printable to make a paper model of Angkor Wat

Southeast Asia

  • Choose a country in SE Asia and becoming a wedding planner for that country.  Where would the wedding be held?  Who would be invited?  What decorations would there be?  What would the bride wear? What would the groom wear?  Is there a party after the ceremony?  Make a wedding plan scrapbook with illustrations and ideas.
  • Elephants are a “key” symbol of Thailand.  They are on the postage stamps, carved on walls, used in company logos, represented as gods, and made into statues.  Learn about Erawan, a sacred three-headed elephant who carries the Hindu Lord Indra.  Read the story of Queen Maha Maya’s Dream. Thailand used to be known as “the land of the white elephant” because the kings kept albino elephants as symbols of their power.  The elephants were considered sacred and were fed off of golden platters. Then make an elephant craft with white felt to represent Thailand.


Vivid Language

  • While descriptive writing is still important today, writers spend a lot less space on descriptions than they did a century ago.  Look up a descriptive passage from a piece of classic literature and rewrite it, cutting it down by half, while keeping the tone and feel of the place and time.
  • Having the right words at your command is essential for good writers.  Try 30 Days To Having a More Powerful Vocabulary.


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