Lessons - Elementary

Also see: Middle/High, Teaching Stories, Central America Quiz

 
 

Wilfredo: Un Nino de El Salvador

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Wilfredo: Un niño de El Salvador / A Boy from El Salvador is a 45-page free, downloadable bilingual book for children about the experiences of a 12-year-old boy in San Francisco who immigrated to the United States when he was 10. Read how third grade teacher Andy Grayson introduced this book to his students.

 

Leaving Home: Socratic Dialogue with Art

Elementary and Middle School

Students are introduced to noted Guatemalan artist Paula Nicho Cumez and explore the emotions of leaving home through a Socratic dialogue about a painting. This short teaching activity by Lynda Tredway can be adapted to various ages. 

 

Geography is History: Locate the Countries of Central America

ELEMENTARY (GRADE 4+), Middle and high school

This interactive map lesson provides students with clues based on the history and geography of Central America so that they can find and remember the location of each country.

 

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale

Elementary And Middle School

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh is one of the best books we’ve seen for children on the experiences of families forced to migrate to the U.S. to survive. In a child-friendly format, the story addresses the push factors, the hardships caused by family separation, the dangerous journey through Mexico, and crossing the border. The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), on behalf of the Américas Award, produced an extensive teaching guide to accompany the book. Written by Katrina Dillon in 2015.

 

Rediscovering America

Elementary, Middle and High School

Rediscovering America/Redescubriendo América is a bilingual collection of short stories, essays, poetry, folktales, and songs for K-12 on conquest and resistance from Latin America and the Caribbean. 

 

When We Were Young There Was a War

ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL

This interactive website enlightens and engages students as they learn about the armed conflicts and their aftermaths in El Salvador and Guatemala through the poignant personal stories of Central American adults revisiting their wartime childhoods. It is not a lesson, however we include it here to draw your attention to this highly engaging and invaluable resource by Pat Goudvis.