Students will discover Mexican culture, crafts, and cuisine with hands-on projects.
- Listen to books about Mexico
- Locate Mexico on a map
- Practice Spanish vocabulary
- Write about Mexico
- An online activity about Mexico such as National Geographic's Find People and Places: Mexico
- Look What Came From Mexico by Miles Harvey
- World map
- Paper for brainstorming words
- Writing paper
- Say Hola to Spanish by Susan Middleton Elya
- Spanish-English Cycle Race: A Maggie's Earth Adventures Activity
Have an online activity, such as National Geographic's Find People and Places: Mexico, ready for viewing.
Step 1: Read Look What Came From Mexico by Miles Harvey
Step 2: Use the world map locate Mexico.
Step 3: Brainstorm words students may want to use when writing about Mexico.
Step 4: As a group, use the computer connected to the projector or large-screen TV to search for more information about Mexico on the Internet. Try using National Geographic's Find People and Places: Mexico activity.
Step 5: Have the students write a page for a class book that you will call Look What We Learned About Mexico. Bind the pages into a book.
Step 1: Read Say Hola to Spanish by Susan Middleton Elya.
Step 2: Add Spanish words to the brainstorming paper.
Step 3: Have the students practice Spanish words on the computer using the Spanish-English Cycle Race: A Maggie's Earth Adventures Activity.
Tell someone at home what you learned about Mexico. Ask if there is anything at home that comes from Mexico that you could bring to share.
- Was there enough time?
- Were the students successful or frustrated learning Spanish words?
- Did the Internet sites work?
- Were the students able to write about Mexico without a lot of help?
- Could the students tell me about Mexico?
- How many students were able to identify a fact about Mexico?
- How many students were able to match Spanish words to pictures?
- How many students were able to locate Mexico on the world map?
Copies of the students' writing will be saved for their assessment portfolios.