An exploration of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Students study geography, history, and more.
Central America unit contains 5 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Central America Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
Central America and the Caribbean: Geographic Passport
Students are introduced to the physical geography of Central America and the Caribbean. They label several maps with countries and features of the region. Then they research individual countries and report back on significant geographic features. Finally, they make a prediction about the connection between the geography and economy of this part of the world.
Central America and the Caribbean: History and Its Influence
Students learn about the role of the Spanish in the colonization of Central America and the Caribbean. They read about the history of Central America. Then they examine the history of the Caribbean and compare it to the history of Central America. Finally, they develop an idea for the observation of the International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.
Central America and the Caribbean: Government and Economy
Students explore significant events in the history of Cuba, from independence from Spain in 1898 through current times. Next, they focus on the Communist Revolution and its connection to the Soviet Union. Finally, they evaluate the fall of the Soviet Union and its impact on the Cuban economy.
Central America and the Caribbean: Society and Culture
Students begin an exploration of the culture of Central America and the Caribbean by learning about the tradition of the steel drum. Then they learn about various aspects of Caribbean culture, including those handed down from African slaves and native peoples. Next, students learn about the food culture of Central America. Then, they create a presentation of one aspect of Central American culture. Finally, they consider where they would like to visit and explain why.