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Unit Plan
Core Knowledge Foundation

Maya, Aztec, and Inca Civilizations

For Teachers 5th Standards
A 10-lesson unit explores the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations. Over the course of two weeks, scholars read nonfiction excerpts, discuss their findings, and complete activities. An assessment equipped with multiple choice and matching...
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PPT
Curated OER

El Mundo Hispano

For Teachers 3rd - Higher Ed
Colorful maps are clearly labeled in this PowerPoint to show viewers where different Hispanic countries are located within Central and South America. Each country is listed on its own slide with a title, the capital, close-up map, flag,...
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Activity
University of California

The Virgin of Guadalupe

For Teachers 7th
A worldly resource focuses on the transfer of goods, ideas, and religion that took place as part of the Columbian exchange. Academics view sources such as text and artwork to help them complete a worksheet. 
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Activity
University of California

Was Slavery Always Racial?

For Teachers 7th Standards
The lesson focuses on slavery in the ancient world and asks academics to decide if it was always about race. Scholars view primary sources, participate in a short discussion, and complete a worksheet to understand how slavery in the...
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Lesson Plan
Smithsonian Institution

Spirits Across the Ocean: Yoruban and Dahomean Cultures in the Caribbean Brought by the Slave Trade

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Much of Latin American music owes its origins to the slave trade. Peoples from the Yoruban and Dahomean cultures brought with them the distinctive rhythms, time signatures, and eighth note patterns that now characterize Caribbean music....
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Lesson Plan
Teaching Tolerance

Why Do We (Still) Celebrate Columbus Day?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What are we really celebrating on Columbus Day? The resource explores the narrative behind Columbus Day and ways for people to change the perception. Scholars also review vocabulary terms associated with the topic and how attitudes have...
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Lesson Plan
Stanford University

Expansion of the Inca Empire

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
If you could write your own history textbook, what would you include? Learners play the role of textbook writers by examining evidence of the Inca Empire. With primary sources from Spanish and indigenous perspectives, as well as images,...
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Lesson Plan
PBS

What's In a Name?

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
What is in a name? Eager historians trace the geographical history of places in the United States with Spanish names. Using a worksheet activity, clues, and web research developed in conjunction with the PBS "Latinos in America" series,...
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Council for Economic Education

The Columbian Exchange

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
What did you have for dinner last night? Many scholars ask that question without considering the history behind the foods they eat. Using a simulation, scholars investigate how the foods they eat are the product of the Columbian...
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Council for Economic Education

Economic Systems of the Incas and Aztecs

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
The Inca and Aztecs created vast economic empires in South America, but how did economics play a role? A simulation activity and reading help scholars evaluate the kinds of markets these great civilizations created. They then consider...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

The Seven Continents Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 1st - 4th Standards
Who doesn't enjoy an engaging scavenger hunt? Here, scholars listen to, and discuss, the informative text, Where is my Continent? by Robin Nelson. They then explore the seven continents and four major oceans using Google Earth.  
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Unit Plan
New York City Department of Education

Geography and Early Peoples of the Western Hemisphere

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Young historians discover the early people of the western hemisphere. The unit explores how the land changed, how it was used and homes of early Americans such as Incas, Mayans, Inuits, Aztecs, and Pueblos. Individuals also examine these...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Tour Of South America

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore South America. In this geography lesson, students research landmarks of historical or national significance and use their findings to create slideshows.
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Geography of South America

For Teachers K - 5th
Young explorers study South American geography. They study maps and create a physical map of the Andes themselves! They also research the geography, environment, and the culture of the Andes and present a report to the class.
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Worksheet
Curated OER

"Sounds Like Team Spirit"

For Students 5th - 10th
Some sports teams consider their fans the "12th man" on the field. What does that mean? Are fans that important to their teams? Does fan support really help teams win? How can you let your team know you are rooting for them? Apparently,...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Metal Tooling with Colored Pencils

For Teachers K - 12th
Take your art class back centuries to the art of metal tooling. This is an art technique also referred to as embossing, or repajado in Mexico and South America. This is a fun project to introduce a new technique and new materials. This...
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PPT
Curated OER

The Geography of Latin America

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Perfect for a geography or world cultures lesson, the slides in this presentation cover the topography, demographics, and climate of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. From the apex of the Andes Mountains, to the depths...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

South America Quiz 1

For Students 7th - 12th
In this South America worksheet, students complete short answer questions on the rivers, countries, sports, and more about South America. Students complete 10 short answer questions.
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Worksheet
Curated OER

South America Map

For Students 4th - 5th
In this map of South America worksheet, students identify and label the countries in South America. Students improve their understanding of South America.
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Worksheet
Curated OER

South America Challenge

For Students 4th - 5th
In this South America facts worksheet, students read the statements about South America and select the best choice to complete the 10 statements.
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Worksheet
Curated OER

South America Alphabet Activity

For Students 4th - 5th
In this alphabet activity worksheet, students read the names of South American countries and alphabetize the 14 words onto the provided lines.
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Worksheet
Curated OER

South America Vocabulary

For Students 4th - 5th
In this vocabulary activity worksheet, students read the statements about South America and complete them with 10 words from the word bank.
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PPT
Curated OER

The Rainforest: South America

For Teachers K - 1st
What can one expect to see in the South American rainforest? Find out where humans sleep, what animals they encounter, what kind of plants they'll see, and what dangers lurk in the tall grasses and dense forests. This is a simple and...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Blank Jeopardy: Brazil

For Teachers 7th
Using a Jeopardy format, this game can help students review facts about Brazil. The presentation could be used as a complement to a middle school unit on South America.