Brazil: Lost in the Rainforest

In the lesson students will learn about the Amazon rainforest, practice extensive and intensive listening and identify a variety of tropical animals.

Writing an Amazon Explorer's Journal of Flora and Fauna

In this lesson, students will prepare a journal of the plants and animals they would find in the Amazon region. Over 90% of the Earth's plant and animal life is located within the Amazon Basin. Students will get the opportunity to perform research and write a description on their assigned plants and animals.

Dinosaurs in Argentina

In this lesson plan, students will understand why Argentina is a good place to search for dinosaur fossils and learn basic information about recent dinosaur excavations in Argentina.

Brazil: Lost in the Rainforest

In this lesson students will learn about the Amazon rain forest by practicing listening skills and identifying a variety of tropical animals. For this lesson you will need to download 4 tracks to listen to of sounds found in the Amazon. These tracks can be found on the website under the Teenagers tab, click Brazil Lost in the Rainforest. This is a very fun way to teach about the Amazon as it includes sounds for students to listen to and practice listening skills.

An Introduction to Brazil

This unit includes multiple lessons that cover a variety of important topics related to Brazil such as Brazil's climate, capoeira, different organization in Brazil, Portuguese and more.


Today, one of the most alarming examples of the world's environmental crisis is rapidly unfolding in Latin America, which is the destruction of the Amazon tropical rain forest. In this lesson, students participate in a problem solving exercise designed to develop critical thinking and problem solving in order to help solve these global issues. Email our Outreach Coordinator Clea Conlin at for access to the document.

South American Adventures

This lesson plan contains two lesson plans and additional information about South America including worksheets on different topics. In the first lesson, students will become familiar with physical maps and their functions, identify key mountain peaks of the Andes mountains of South America and use algebraic thinking to solve equations using positive and negative numbers.

Environment Impact of Human Migration on the AZ/Mexico Border

In this lesson, students will watch the Sierra Club movie titled "Wild Versus Wall" and will create a digital poster to show the impact the border wall has on wildlife.

Mysteries of the Maya Calendar Museum: A Guide for Teachers & Librarians

This guide provides information regarding Mayan Calendars and activities that help facilitate understanding of the use of Mayan calendars. Within you'll find an overview of Maya calendars, the 2012 phenomenon, enrich activities for 4-5th and 6th-7th grades, as well as recommended web links for further extension on the topic. An excerpt from the book "Mysteries of the Maya Calendar Museum" is included at the end and is used to help youth understand the start of a new Maya calendar.

The Desert Cube

Students will learn about the different plants and animals that are in the desert by making cubes with drawings of different native plants and animals around in the squares of the cube. Included is a recipe for tepary beans, a bean native to the Southwestern United States and Mexico grown in Pre-columbian times, either to make as a class or for students to bring home to their families. This lesson helps emerge students in the biodiversity and culture of the region which once all belonged to Mexico.
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