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Social Studies Strands. Mexico: 2nd grade Emily Marshall & Emily Cowell Dr. Helms ED 417. The Strands. American Heritage People and Society World Interactions Decision Making and Resources Democratic Process Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Science and Technology.

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Social Studies Strands

Mexico: 2nd grade

Emily Marshall & Emily Cowell

Dr. Helms ED 417


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The Strands

  • American Heritage

  • People and Society

  • World Interactions

  • Decision Making and Resources

  • Democratic Process

  • Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

  • Science and Technology


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American Heritage

Activities and Websites


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American Heritage Activities

  • Have students create a timeline recording the important dates of Mexican history and American history.

  • Have students pick a significant date in Mexican history and write a paragraph about each.

  • After reading the books The Incas and TheAztecs, have the students compare between the two tribes.

  • Watch the video The Spanish Explorers of America. Have them write about their favorite explorer.

  • Have students participate in the Cinco de Mayo celebration, where they listen to Mexican music and eat Mexican food.


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American Heritage Websites

  • http://encarta.msn.com

  • http://209.145.57.115/forms/mexicoholidays.htm

  • http://www.encyclopedia.com/

  • http://www.web-holidays.com/demayo

  • http://www.mexonline.com/


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People in Society

Activities and Websites


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People in Society Activities

  • Students use How Would You Survive CD-Rom about the Aztecs, to learn about their daily lives.

  • Students will make a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the Mexicans and Americans.

  • Using a map of Mexico, students will recognize where the most populated areas are presently and in the past.

  • Talk about the celebration of their Quinceras (15th birthday).

  • Students use How Would You Survive CD-Rom about the Incas, to learn about their daily lives.


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People in Society Websites

  • http://inside-mexico.com/

  • http://www.mexicoart.net/

  • http://www.differentworld.com/mexico/com/

  • http://www.texmextogo.com/tortillas.htm

  • http://mexicanfood.about.com/food/mexicanfood/library


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World Interactions

Activities and Websites


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World Interactions Activities

  • Students will create a map from clay showing the major mountain forms and water ways in Mexico.

  • Students will point out major Mexican cities on a map.

  • Students will name the states that border Mexico.

  • Students will collect news clippings (about U.S. problems) from the paper or magazines. The will then compare the clipping to Mexican problems.

  • Students will develop a map using cardinal directions, stats, and major highways to find a route from Ohio to Mexico.


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World Interactions Websites

http://www.reefcomber.co.za/cancun.htm

http://www.mexicotravel.com/mexico/owa/sectur.inicio

http://www.greenbuilder.com/mader/ecotravel/border/borderlands.html

http://www.geocities.com/redhourglass/scorpions.html

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mexico/


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Decision Making and Resources

Activities and Websites


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Decision Making/Resources Activities

  • Students will find goods we use in school and find out which are produced in Mexico.

  • Read the book Inventors and Inventions. Have students discuss the inventions of Mexican inventors and how we use them in our society.

  • Using their math skills, give the students an allowance that a child in Mexico may receive and see what they could buy in America.

  • Identify the kinds of currency used in Mexico.

  • Make a bar graph with the top five things produced in Mexico.


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Decision Making/Resources Websites

http://www.x-rates.com/

http://www.webopedia.com/

http://www.internet.com/sections/resources.html

http://www.cyberatlas.internet.com/

http://www.win.tue.nl/cs/fm/engels/

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Democratic Process

Activities and Websites


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Democratic Process Activities

  • Students will find in who is the president of Mexico and three other leaders and write at least one sentence on what their job is for their country.

  • Students will then compare and contrast the president of the U.S. and the president of Mexico. Then write a report on three differences or similarities.

  • Students will research the process of electing the President in Mexico and role-play an election in the classroom.


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Democratic Process Activities continued……

  • Using newspaper clippings students will learn how the president of the U.S. and the president of Mexico, work together for the two countries.

  • Students will, as a class make a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the government of the U.S. and Mexico.


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Democratic Process Websites

  • library.activedayton.com

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/

  • http://www.mexicanwave.com/election2000/index.asp

  • http://www.newsday.com/

  • http://www.cnn.com/



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Citizenship Rights/Responsibilities Activities

  • Watch the video Mexican-American Cultures. Have students discuss how their culture and the Mexican culture are alike and different.

  • Have students work in small groups to create a play depicting the life of a Mexican child.

  • Each small group will be given the task of building a Mayan temple. The group must work together to build their model.

  • Each student will write an evaluation of their group and how they worked together.

  • Each group will choose a leader, recorder, time keeper and supply manager, for their group.


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Citizenship Rights/Responsibilities Websites

  • http://www.maya-art-books.org/

  • http://www.anthroarcheart.org/labna2.htm

  • http://www.public.iastate.edu/

  • http://www.historychannel.com/

  • http://www.yahooligans.com/


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Science and Technology

Activities and Websites


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Science and Technology Activities

  • Students will use the internet, with a given web site to find out what (if anything) happened on that date in Mexican history.

  • Students will use Babelfish web site to translate a story, written by them, from English to Spanish.

  • Students will use the weather web site to find out what the weather is like in Mexico and write a paragraph telling where they would rather be on that day.

  • In small groups students will find, on the internet, supervised by teacher, the lowest fares to a Mexican city of their choice.

  • Students will take a virtual tour of Mayan ruins on the internet.


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Science and Technology Websites

http://www.scopesys.com/today/

http://www.expedia.com/

http://www.weather.com/

http://www.virtualpalenque.com

http://babelfish.altavista.com