Social Studies

Introducing Ecuador Booklet

This booklet is a great resource to use when teaching about Ecuador. A map of Ecuador is included, along with background on the history, people, geography, economy and current situation of Ecuador. This booklet focuses on the future of children in Ecuador and how history has shaped how children will grow up in today's Ecuador.

History of Tamales

This brief paper gives you information about the history of the tamale and how it grew to be a key part of Latin American culture.

Carnaval, A Melhor festa do mundo

A glossary of terms relating to the festival of Carnaval are include a long with facts about the Carnaval holiday. Pictures of instruments used in the parade are included to familiarize the student with the holiday.

Central America in the 1980's

This paper gives a description as to why Central America has become so important to the United States recently and gives demographic statistics comparing Central American countries with European Countries and Similar U.S. states.

Artes Americas: Quesar Dance Company, Teachers Resource Guide

Although this guide was created for teachers and students to use before and after seeing the Quasar Dance Company, it still serves as a great guide to teach about Brazil in the classroom.Students will understand what quasar is and will tie the dance company to Brazilian culture and art. Plenty of activities are included to help teach students this unique topic.

Negating Misconceptions about the Amazon

In this lesson, students will research specific geographical aspects of the Amazon region and will identify commonly held misconceptions about the Amazon region. Myths will be presented and debunked. Students will be given the opportunity to create a final project in which they focus on a particular aspect of the Amazon region using the knowledge they learned when debunking myths and misconceptions.

Stereotypes versus Statistics

In this activity, students will examine some of the myths of Latino migration towards the United States and compare these to actual demographic data. After completing reflective writing on the experience of being stereotyped, students will review current studies and graphs from the Pew Research Center and Latino Decisions to contrast assumptions with realities.

Ecuador Diversity and Contrast Unit

Students will understand the unique culture of Ecuador and become familiar with the diversity in Ecuadorian climate, geography,dress, architecture and cuisine. They will also understand the problems of sustainability in Ecuador. For the full materials email our Outreach Coordinator Clea Conlin at

Brazil's Changing Capitals: A Lesson in Site and Situation

By investigating the movement of Brazil's capital from Salvador to Rio de Janiero to Brasilia, students will discover how a city's importance is related to its site and situation. They will be able to describe and evaluate the site and situation characteristics of a city. For the materials, email our OUtreach Coordinator Clea Conlin at

Brazil: Order and Progress Unit

This unit begins with an overview of Brazil's geography, history, culture and various social and political issues. Students will then research one of these topics and present their detailed research findings to their peers in a formal presentation, followed by a group theatrical presentation.
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