All About Mexico

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The lesson introduces students to the country of Mexico, which is often featured in news stories.  Many students may have heard of the country, but are unaware of its rich history and characteristics.  The lesson includes a wealth of information about Mexico and students should be able to locate Mexico on a world map.  It is recommended teachers use the video resources to take students on a “trip” to Mexico.

All About Mexico Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about All About Mexico
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the country of Mexico, its people and culture. Some geographical information about Mexico is provided, including information about the Rio Grande river. A brief history of Mexico is also included with the lesson, and it touches on ancient civilizations like the Aztecs and Mayans, as well as Hernan Cortes and Catholic missionaries. The lesson wraps up by mentioning attractions like Mexico City and Acapulco Beach. Video resources are included with the lesson and can be used to help students take a “trip” to Mexico.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:   

  1. Display a map of North America. Ask students to identify the two countries bordering the north and south.  Further ask students to share what they know about Canada and Mexico, what are the differences, what is alike, etc.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they have ever visited Mexico and or if they know anyone who has visited.  What was their experience like, or share the experiences of someone who has been there.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to share what might be the same or different between the U.S. and Mexico?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce All About Mexico.
  5. Distribute All About Mexico content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Assign each pair of students 2 or more states of Mexico to research using Internet access or other sources.  Encourage students to find as much as possible from more than one site on the Internet.  They will need to find the sizes of American states for the comparison question as well.  (Students can also say it is about ½ the size of… or the size of 2…)
  7. Once completed, students will present the states to the class and answer any questions other students may have. Ask students to identify some of the sites they used, and how much difficulty, if any, they may have had finding information.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.  Students share their acrostics.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. Review the next day, students must support responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: If you had no choice, and had to be sent back in time during Mexico’s history, which time-period would you choose and why? What do you think it would be like living ancient Mexico?   

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, 7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies