South American History Teacher Resources
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War and Nation Building in Latin America: Crash Course World History 225
12 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Does war hinder the growth of nation-states, or does it facilitate development? A video from Crash Course World History examines this question in the context of Latin America, particularly how the lack of international war in Central and...
Economic Systems of the Incas and Aztecs
6th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewThe Inca and Aztecs created vast economic empires in South America, but how did economics play a role? A simulation activity and reading help scholars evaluate the kinds of markets these great civilizations created. They then consider...
Geography and Early Peoples of the Western Hemisphere
5th - 7th CCSS: Adaptable
Young historians discover the early people of the western hemisphere. The unit explores how the land changed, how it was used and homes of early Americans such as Incas, Mayans, Inuits, Aztecs, and Pueblos. Individuals also examine these...
Explorers & Early America: Columbus' Journey to Find a Western Sea Route to Asia
Third graders study Columbus and the route he took when he was exploring. For this social science, 3rd graders examine maps, analyze them, compare them to each other, and understand where Columbus wanted to go versus where he actually...
New World, Old Evils: Latin America and the Holocaust
11th - 12th
Students examine how Latin America was affected by the Holocaust in Europe. In groups, they research topics related to Latin America and World War II. They interview survivors if possible and discover how entire nations were effected...
Spain and France Influence in Europe and in the New World
9th - 12th
Students examine the conditions in France and Spain during the Middle Ages and the Discovery of America. In groups, they compare and contrast the political situations in both countries and what effect they had on the New World. To end...
Mayan, Incan, and Aztec civilizations within Latin America
With a Classroom Performance System, 6th graders use their remote controls to answer a series of questions about Latin American civilizations. They research and fill out a worksheet on one of the three major ancient civilizations: Maya,...
Getting There: "Do You Want To Go To California?"
8th - 11th
Students, in groups, participate in a variety of activities regarding the rise of Anglo-American immigration in the 1840s and its impact upon California. They discuss immigration from the West and the East as it influenced the culture of...
The Voyage of Slaves in the Transatlantic Slave Trade
5th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
Use best-teaching practices to discuss the practices and implications of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Here you'll find a detailed lesson plan involving a variety of collaborative and engaging components, including image analysis,...
A Day in the Life of a San Francisco Native Animal
4th - 5th CCSS: Adaptable
Before Google, before Sillicon Valley, before the Gold Rush, the San Francisco landscape was a biome filled with grizzly bears, mule deer, tule elk, coyotes, gray fox, gophers, and moles. To explore the early days of yesteryear, kids...
Early Contacts: Native American and European Women in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
9th - 12th
Learners interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this colonial America lesson, students examine the relationships between Native American women and European women who encountered one another in the new colonies.
Stopping Deforestation in the Amazon: A Publicity Campaign
9th - 12th
Learners investigate the environment by designing a group project. In this ecology instructional activity, students identify the man made threats to the Amazon while reading environmentally conscience vocabulary terms. Learners...
Anishinabe - Ojibwe - Chippewa: Culture of an Indian Nation
3rd - 5th
Students investigate the American Indian tribe of the Chippewa. They identify the different names of the Anishinabe/Ojibwe/Chippewa nation, conduct a research project, explore various websites, and present their group research projects.
A Bird's Eye View of the Caribbean: Art, Folklore, and Music
7th - 8th
Students examine the Caribbean in terms of its music, art, and folklore. As a class, they listen to a folktale and discuss the difference between telling a story and reading a story. In groups, they write their own folktale and share...
Motor Car and Galimoto: An Intercultural lesson in pragmatism, creativity, and perseverance
Third graders explore cultural awareness by reading children's literature. In this human poverty instructional activity, 3rd graders read the book Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams and discuss the main character's struggle to achieve his...