Latin America
Teacher's Guide

May 15, 1999 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.
The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Kevin - Sesame Street Revisited: Me and My Llama
Kid's Version Available

This story is an informative entry about Kevin's observations and interactions with the llama's of Peru.

For more than you ever wanted to know about llamas, here are just a few websites to educate and entertain your students!


Your Source for Llama Llore and More

Naked Dancing Llama


Which of your students can find the most interesting facts? (PS Did you know llamas are originally from North America?)

Shawn - Amazon-Aid: Open 24/7 (or until cut down) for Your Medicinal Needs

This dispatch is about Shawn's travels through the Amazon Rainforest learning about the wonders and healing qualities of the plant life. It mentions some of the names of medicinal plants, as well as highlights the importance of maintaining this resource for the future.

It is a very complex question why people are destroying the rainforest. Pose the question to your students and have them explore the following websites to try to come up with an answer they think is reasonable.

ALSO, note that there is a lesson that ties in perfectly here called: What Forces Lead People to Abuse or Degrade the Environment? It uses two case studies, that of the Headwaters Forest in California (the subject of today's Making a Difference below), and of the rainforest in Guatemala.

Rainforest Factsheets

World Rainforest Report

Mesoamerica: A Vital and Vulnerable Link Between North and South America

Vanishing Rainforests

Rainforest Facts for Kids and Teachers

Kavitha - The Beasty Battle: You've gotta fight! For your right! To be Poor?!?

An informative dispatch that focuses on the "Battle of Ayacucho" fought in 1824. Kavitha explores the immediate and long-standing the effects of the battle on the indigenous people of Peru.

Kavitha gives the "Liberators" of Latin America their due for getting rid of the Spanish, but ends on a note very critical about how the majority of people's lives didn't really change as they continued to be treated as subservient. What kind of an attitude do your students think is appropriate? Should these men be revered? Should they be scorned? Somewhere in between? Also, try using this in conjunction with the Team dispatch on "One By One" and have your students find the answers to the questions.
Team - One By One, The Liberation of Latin America

History of Latin America's independence starting with Haiti in 1791 to Peru in 1824. Great liberators Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin are largely responsible for the feat.

Lots of information here! See how many of your students can answer these after reviewing the website. Then have them write their thoughts on the question Kavitha poses about how these men should be remembered.

South America
What were the reasons Bolívar went to Europe the two times the article mentions? What four countries does it say Bolívar liberated? Where did San Martín learn his military tactics?

Why did the French General, Leger Felicite Sonthonx, free all the black slaves in Haiti? Why did the French throw Toussaint Louverture in jail? What happened in Europe that helped the Haitians gain their independence?

What does the article imply was a major reason for Mexican discontent with the Spanish? What was done with Hidalgo's head after he was killed? What did Agustín de Iturbide of Mexico have in common with Jean-Jacques Dessalines of Haiti?

Shawn - Stroll the Walkway of Life: The Canopy, the Music, and the Magic of the Amazon
Kid's Version Available

Shawn describes a walk through the canopy of the rainforest on a cable bridge. He also reveals the work of groups like the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER), and the importance of education in saving the rainforest. Kids' version available!

If your computers have QTVR (Quick Time Virtual Reality), definitely have them check out the links to the video and panoramic shots of the Canopy Walk. It contains lots of interesting facts, and is really engaging! (You can find out by just trying to use the videos. If you don't have QTVR it will tell you, and it will show you how to download it.)
Abeja - You Can Take 'Em Outta the Jungle, but You Can't Take the Jungle Outta Them: Freezing, Learning, and Living in Cuzco

Abeja talks to indigenous students sent by their villages to the university in Cuzco. Dispatch discusses what the students are studying, and how their education will help their villages when they return.

These lucky students had to be elected to attend school. Is it too obvious to have your students reflect for a moment on why education is important to them? Also, try sending the Team questions which they can forward to the students! They would probably love to answer, and they can practice their English (or your students can practice their Spanish!).
Making a Difference - Save the Redwood Forests (and the Coho Salmon, and the Spotted Owl, and All of Us)!!!

Has a summary of the situation at the Headwaters Forest in California and its progressive destruction.

Students are invited to:
  • Write the head of the Pacific Lumber Company
  • Contact various politicians
  • Educate their friends and family
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