Social Studies

Reading the Inca Creation Myth

In this lesson, students will learn how the Inca's believed the world was created and be able to compare this with other creation myths.

A Description of Holidays in Peru

In this activity, students will get a glimpse of the many enjoyable activities and meaningful festivities to be found in Peru.

Silver People, Stories from the Panama Canal

This lesson plan is meant to accompany the 2015 Americas Award Winner "Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal" by Margarita Engle. The book and lesson will allow for classroom discussions pertaining to race relations, power struggles and the differences between race, nationality and ethnicity. In this unit students will experiment with how sentence fluency can help create distinct voices and will also recognize how specific voices can encompass characteristics of communities.

The Creation of the Panama Canal

In this lesson, students will learn why the Panama Canal was built and how the U.S. played a major role in influencing the Panamanian people. Students will make a poster at the end of the lesson to demonstrate their understanding.

Panama Canal Zone Activity

A quick 3 page activity sheets that students can use to become further acquainted with the country of Panama and the Panama Canal Zone, which is a vital port for U.S. ships and other countries worldwide.

A Story on Literacy and Making Posters for a Literacy Campaign

In this lesson, students will learn about the problem of illiteracy in order to better understand the situation in Nicaragua and the rest of Central America. Students will also begin to form a new perspective of their own education and how most of the U.S. population is literate.

A Poem Written in Prison

In this lesson, students will read a poem and be introduced to the human, individual side of the struggle in Central America. They will focus on understanding people in terms of humans rather than just statistics.

Relay Game for Practicing Soccer Skills

In this activity, students will begin to develop a physical skill that is vital to soccer, the world's most popular game and especially popular in Latin America. They will become aware of how certain aspects of physical fitness and sports coordination respond to cultural factors.

Climate Change

In this lesson students will learn new vocabulary related to climate change, distinguish between local climate and weather, explore the meaning of average climate data by calculating average temperatures, learn about global warming, role play as climatologists and think critically about climate adaptions.

When Corrido Lyrics become History

In this lesson, students will analyze three different viewpoints of the same story and will organize the information provided in the three views. Students will develop an understanding of how history over time become blurred by stories.
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