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Central America: Video Boxes
Students view a globe or world map and identify North and South America. They discuss locations of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Students discuss where they think Central America is located. They identify the five countries that make up this area. Students work in groups to create a video box about one Central American country.
Mesoamerica: The History of Central America
Young scholars examine the role of women in Mesoamerica. They watch segments of the Discovery video "Mesoamerica: The History of Central America". After conducting further research pertaining to specific Mayan women, they write essays based on their findings.
Central America and the Caribbean
For this Central America and the Caribbean worksheet, students learn about the culture, economics, and life of Central America and the Caribbean. Students utilize a graphic organizer and answer several questions based on their reading.
United States of Central America
Ninth graders study the region and individual countries of Central America. In this Geography lesson, 9th graders research different perspectives in the region. Students participate in a debate.
Geograophy of Mexico And Central America
Students create a chart comparing the terrain, climate, economy, environmental issues and natural disasters for Mexico and the Central American countries. They view and discuss a video on the region then compile research on the internet.
Central America: Panama Canal
Students are introduced to the geography of Central America. On a map, they route different ways to get from Spain to India. In groups, they research the development of the Panama Canal and how it shortened the trip across the Atlantic Ocean.
Central America Map Quiz
For this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students examine the map that includes 22 Central American countries. Students identify the names of the countries in 3 minutes.
Mesoamerica: The History of Central America
Students research the life of a powerful woman of the Maya Empire. They analyze the role of women in Maya society and compare them to powerful women of today in an essay.
Central America: United States of Central America? (A Debate)
Students view a world map and discuss the differences between state, country, and city labels. They research to find the square mileage for several locations. Locations are organized by size, and labeled as to the category (state, city, country). Students discuss their opinions of the countries of Central America forming one country. They research to find facts to support their position and participate in a debate.
Globalization and Foreign Investment and Latin America
Consider the impact of foreign investment in Latin America. Young economists read the provided handouts about foreign investment in Latin America and then solve the investment scenarios and case studies.
Ancient Gold Working
Young scholars create a sculpture inspired by the masks, pendants, or human and animal forms found in ancient Indian art of the Americas. They focus on the techniques of metalworking, especially repousse.
Students create a video box about a Central American country. In this world history lesson, student research Central America and pick a country they want to investigate. They work in groups to create a video box that shows images about this country to share with the class.
Ship of Gold
Pupils explore American values. In this American history lesson, students read passages from Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea. Pupils collaborate to conduct research in order to build a timeline of the events surrounding the sinking and recovery of the SS Central America.
Early European Explorers Map
Fifth graders create an explorer's map. In this explorers lesson students use a map of the world as reference to draw their own map of Europe, North America, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands. The students use their maps to show the paths that European explorers used.
Comparing Governments - International
Fifth graders compare and contrast national governments in North America and/or Central America. They summarize the similarities and differences of the governments. They access websites imbedded in this lesson plan to do their research.
The Mesoamerican Mystique
Students gain a better understanding of the cultural diversity in the northern region of Central America. They engage in a instructional activity which focuses on research, archaeology, historical videos, and travel highlights.
Argentina: Explore Latin America
This is a really neat worksheet! Kids click on each of the provided links to answer each of 11 questions. They'll discover geographical, demographic, environmental, and cultural facts about Latin America. They'll even learn to write Mayan numbers. Tip: A great resource to send home over a break.
South America Map Quiz
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students examine the map that includes all of South America's countries. Students identify the 13 countries in 2 minutes.
Colonial North America
Showcase the religion, conflicts, daily life, and politics of Colonial North America. A very well-done presentation highlights all the major colonial groups, social norms, demographics, and political struggles of the time. Perfect for an independent work station, and great for note taking or for added interest during lecture.
Welcome to the Americas
Students research and map the North and South American continents. In this geography instructional activity on the Americas, students can locate North, Central and South American countries and states. Students choose a location to research and prepare a report or multi-media project on that location.