Geography of Central America Teacher Resources

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The Maya created amazing stone carvings and sculptures, but what were they for? Kids analyze the significance and purpose of a Maya stela and then write a creative piece. They imagine they are the stela, and write a story about what life as a limestone, and then as a carved stela was like. A great writing prompt that includes art history and research!
Students determine location by using longitude and latitude. They measure to the minute longitude and latitude of a place and select a body of land and determine its location. They approximate time zones by using every 15 degrees of longitudinal change to represent 1 hr.
Go on an electronic field trip. Discover Spanish-speaking countries through Internet exploration. Students participate in a whole group discussion to general knowledge about the location, cultural background, independence and current affairs of the countries encountered. 
Fifth graders analyze the Mayan culture. In this Mayan culture instructional activity, 5th graders study the Mayan culture noting similarities and differences between the Mayan culture and their own. Students examine hieroglyphic writing and the Mayan influence on astronomy.
Students examine the geography, politics and history of their local town of New Haven, Connecticut. Using the internet, they explore the neighbors of New Haven and write directions from their house to school. In groups, they research recent information about the city from the cities website and share what they have gathered. To end the lesson, they build a model of the city and its physical characteristics.
Students explore traditional Chinese foods. In this world geography lesson, students explore the geographical, historical, and philosophical relationships of cuisine in China to prepare and present a food dish.
The best part about teaching guides is all the great information you can use to inform your class. They infer what type of boundary exists between two tectonic plates. Then, using given information on earthquakes and volcanism they'll determine if their guesses are correct.
Students explore American Indian cultures and changes caused by European exploration in North America.
Students examine geography, belief systems, art forms, and aesthetic values of peoples in the Western Hemisphere. They research and create ceremonial, theatrical, death and festival masks. This is a pre-visit lesson.
Pupils are introduced to the foods and traditions of the Caribbean. In groups, they brainstorm their own definition of culture and review the physical and political geography of the Caribbean. They spend time sampling different foods from the area and read excerpts of oral histories and discuss as a class. To end the instructional activity, they research the role of Puerto Ricans in New Haven, Connecticut.
Fourth graders explore Central America and the Mayan culture. They locate Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and the Yucatan area of Mexico on a map. Students create a visual arts poster with information about each country.
Students research the earliest Americans. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students investigate the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas. Students examine artifacts used in the cultures and then determine what the artifacts were used for and make replicas of them.
Students demonstrate an understanding of what a fiesta is by participating in various activities and conducting research.
Students calculate United States GDP and GDP per capita, use a choropleth map to acquire information, and create choropleth maps of GDP per capita in South America. They identify regions with high and low GDP per capita
Students complete a unit about the geography and culture of Mexico. They compare and contrast the weather of their own city and Mexico, read books about Mexico, count in Spanish, color in a flag of Mexico and the Mexican Coat of Arms, sing various songs, and make different recipes.
Pupils interpret phase diagrams and explain the meaning of vocabulary words.  In this ocean explorer lesson students describe two uses of super-critical carbon dioxide. 
Students describe the effects of temperature and pressure on solubility of gases and other materials.  In this investigative lesson plan students read an article and answer questions about it. 
Students explore volcanoes.  In this deep sea volcano instructional activity students complete a worksheet and various activities.
Students describe the positive impacts of volcanic activity on marine ecosystems. For this volcano lesson students explore the process that causes volcanic activity along the Mariana and Kermadec Island Arcs.
Have your class do research on natural disasters and create a presentation using this resource. In completing this activity, learners apply the five geography themes to their research. They write a paper describing their results. It's a great way to provide a cross-curricular approach.