Unit 9: The Panama Canal

This Unit 9: The Panama Canal unit also includes:

New Review

Whose idea was it to build the Panama Canal? Why was the Isthmus of Panama chosen as the site? What were the challenges? To find the answers to these and other questions, young historians and geographers engage in a scavenger hunt, create an interactive time line with their findings, and research the controversies surrounding the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty signed by President Jimmy Carter. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask groups to investigate the building of the Panama Canal expansion project and the plans for a third canal
  • Have the class generate a list of the arguments for and opposed to the canal treaty signed by President Carter 
Classroom Considerations

  • The 60-page guide includes all required primary source documents, a wide variety of engaging activities, and multiple lesson plans


Pros

  • Provides links to sites that show how to create interactive timelines and how to build a model canal
  • Links also permit learners to access multimedia animations that show how the canal works, including the locks system
Cons

  • None