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Explore Central & South America

By Sally Callan, Libby Harris
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"What five Spanish speaking countries should your travel agency concentrate on for extended trips or second homes?"

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Understandings and Standards

Core Understandings
  • Where you live affects what you eat.
  • Where you live affects what you do.
  • Different countries have different strengths.
  • Different countries have similarities to each other.
Learning Objectives
  • Use a map to choose a country.
  • Explore web sites to gather information.
  • Create a brochure in Word to highlight the strengths of a country.
  • Present information to the class as a mini vacation trip.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Social Studies
Grade 8
Geography
SOC-8-10. The student uses geographic tools to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
SOC-8-10.B. Pose and answer questions about geographic distributions and patterns shown on maps, graphs, charts, models, and databases.
Culture
SOC-8-24. The student understands the relationships between and among people from various groups, including racial, ethnic, and religious groups, during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
SOC-8-24.B. Explain the relationship between urbanization and conflicts resulting from differences in religion, social class, and political beliefs.
Social Studies Skills
SOC-8-30. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology.
SOC-8-30.C. Organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, databases, and visuals including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps.
Technology Applications
Grades 6-8
Information Acquisition
TECH-(6-8).4. The student uses a variety of strategies to acquire information from electronic resources, with appropriate supervision.
TECH-(6-8).4.B. apply appropriate electronic search strategies in the acquisition of information including keyword and Boolean search strategies.
Solving Problems
TECH-(6-8).8. The student uses research skills and electronic communication, with appropriate supervision, to create new knowledge.
TECH-(6-8).8.A. participate with electronic communities as a learner, initiator, contributor, and teacher/mentor.