Making a Chart of Agricultural Products of Venezuela

The purpose of this lesson is to teach students about the agricultural products of Venezuela and the relationship of agriculture and climate. Students will develop their skills to read and interpret maps and charts, and will be able to collect data to organize into a chart.

Collecting Peruvian Flora and Fauna Cards

In this lesson, students will be able to identify and describe many animals and plants of Peru.

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.

Instant "Bark" Painting from Oaxaca

In this lesson, students will create their own paintings and will be able to analyze the technique used in relation to Latin American art, identify some of the flora and fauna in Mexico and discuss the raw materials of art and the artists environment.

Lost King of the Maya

Students will understand and apply the Maya Long Count calendar system. Students will be asked to calculate the date of their birth in the system.


In this unit, students will identify choices or alternative actions and their possible consequences in respect to problems of cultural diversity, conflict, cultural change, population and more. Students will discuss major issues facing the contemporary world and hypothesize about possible solutions to these problems. Email our Outreach Coordinator Clea Conlin at for the unit.

Studying Vital Statistics and the Quality of Life

In this lesson, students will become familiar with certain types of statistics and discuss how these relate to real human experience. Students will examine key statistics which give us some idea of the quality of life in two Central American nations and one Caribbean nation.

Cracking the Mayan Code

In this activity, students see how scientists began to unravel the meaning of Maya glyphs and then determine their own birth date using the Maya Long Count calendar system. Students will understand use the Maya Long Count calendar system to calculate sums and explain some of the differences between the Maya and U.S. mathematical systems.

The Achievements and Challenges of Guatemala

This unit is intended to focus on some aspects of Guatemalan life and history that are of great significance to understanding the people of Guatemala today. Certain aspects include Mayan achievements in time recording and math, as well as the history of the U.S. driven coup of 1954 and even forces driving environmental destruction in the Peten, Guatemala. There are 5 lessons in this unit.

Galapagos Islands: Beyond Darwin

In this lesson, students will learn the term "endemic" and understand how the presence of an introduced species affects an area. The Galapagos Islands are used as a case study for understanding these concepts.
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