Central America and the Caribbean: Geographic Passport


World Cultures Central America 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.

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Overview

In this experience, 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 American countries include: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. For a full list of the Caribbean Islands, see Caribbean Islands.

Objectives:

  • Describe the physical features and climates of Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Describe natural disasters common to the region.


If you live anywhere in the eastern half of the United States and you just start heading south, you will eventually run into the region of Central America. And if you travel straight south from the state of Florida, you will quickly hit the Caribbean Islands. These places aren’t very far away from American soil! Let’s learn about their geography in this experience.​

Objectives:

  • Describe the physical features and climates of Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Describe natural disasters common to the region.




Poas Crater, Costa Rica


To begin, let’s see which countries you already recognize in Central America.


Look at the blank map of Central America. Label any of the seven countries that you know: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama.


As a class, discuss how you labeled the countries. If you didn’t know any of them, that’s okay! You’ll learn them in this experience.​


When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next part.

Compare your labeled map to the one below. Go back to your map and add or make corrections so that your map matches this one.




In the table, write a fact you already know about Central America. Then write something you would like to know.



When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next scene.


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