Major Cities of South America Teacher Resources

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Young scholars discuss the pre-reading focus questions. In this reading instructional activity, students discuss and explore the book cover and title. Young scholars predict what they will learn from this book. Additionally, students read to find out what life is like for a family that has moved to the United States.
Ninth graders demonstrate an understanding of how the explorers treated Native Americans during their conquests.  In this World History lesson, 9th graders read and evaluate primary source documents.  Students create a museum exhibit on a specific topic. 
Students explain the concept of culture and identify the components of a culture. They describe the characteristics of selected immigrant groups and the conditions they faced upon arrival in the United States. Students analyze the cultural political and geographical diversity found in Latin America.
After locating Latin American countries on a world map, children read about how microbanks are loaning money to help start small businesses. Involving both current events and economics, the teacher introduces the article with a map activity and vocabulary challenge. The class reads the news article and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. The lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Students express their opinion on issues related to Central America. After reading an article, they discuss the relations between the Presidents of Mexico and the United States. Using the internet, they research a part of the party they are interested in and create propaganda posters highlighting a major concern.
Young scholars reflect on bird migrations and develop a project to collect data on bird species from across North America to further investigate the ranges and migrations of common birds. They create a field guide of North American birds.
Students investigate various methods of mummification practiced in cultures around the world and present their findings in 'televised' news reports.
Ninth graders explore the World Cup in Africa. In this South African instructional activity, 9th graders read an article and answer guided reading questions. Students complete a quiz on their reading.
Students discover the significance of similarities and contrasts of three separate cultures of the United States through music. They take out maps and trace the expedition of the Spanish along the coasts of Mexico and North and South America and the Caribbean Islands.
Students identify at least one country where the Spanish language is spoken, describe similarities and differences between Spanish, Mexican, and Puerto Rican families, and practice speaking the Spanish words for several family members.
Students examine how the Inca communicated over large distances. They locate the Inca Empire on a map, define key vocabulary terms, play the game, 'telephone,' and create a quipu to show the year they were born.
Students are able to use the Internet to conduct research. They research Mexican culture and traditions. Students compare and contrast Mexican and U.S. food and clothing. They convert United States currency to Mexican pesos. Students create a travel brochure about Mexico and present an oral report from gathered research.
Teaching kids how to use reference material can be fun! After a brief discussion on the type of information and ways to use an Atlas, learners go on an Atlas scavenger hunt. They break into teams and try to find as many items listed on the worksheet in the shortest amount of time. 
Students investigate the Aztec civilization and locate it on a map. They explain the legend of the city of Tenochtitan and investigate the symbolism of the Mexican flag.
In this World Music Day activity, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling, sequencing, scrambled sentences, writing questions, survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities on World Music Day.
Sixth graders view a PowerPoint presentation. In this bullfighting lesson, 6th graders learn about the history of bullfighting, view pictures of Colombian bullfighting and answer critical thinking questions. Students then engage in a discussion on the controversy surrounding bullfighting.
Students investigate the concepts of ancestors and citizenship. In this citizenship lesson, students listen to Betsy Maestro's Coming to America . They learn the definitions of immigrants and melting pot using a recipe for Rice Krispie Treats. They complete a home-school assignment in which they determine their ancestries.
Creative projects are a great way to engage your class and can be a fun way to assess mastery! Learners create brochures and postcards that might have been created by and for travelers to ancient Mayan cities. They read and discuss the New York Times article "In Maya Ruins, Scholars See Evidence of Urban Sprawl" and explore a website on Mayan sites. 
Students document a trip they take to get a creative present for their Aunt Mildred. In this trip documentation lesson plan, students research and keep moving to find the best gift.
Third graders explore the multi-ethnic nature of America's citizens and examine the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty. In this Molly's Pilgrim activity, 3rd graders discuss the poem "The New Colossus," examine vocabulary words in the poem, and make connections regarding the experience of immigrants coming to America. Students explore the nature of prejudice as it relates to the story "Molly's Pilgrim."