Students began yesterday working on our next standard in social studies:
SS6G3 The student will explain the impact of location, climate, distribution of natural resources, and population distribution on Latin America and the Caribbean.
a. Compare how the location, climate, and natural resources of Mexico and Venezuela affect where people live and how they trade.
b. Compare how the location, climate, and natural resources of Brazil and Cuba affect where people live and how they trade.
This standard requires students to explain how location, climate, and distribution of natural resources have impacted population distribution and trade in Latin America and the Caribbean.
To begin, students are working in pairs to research all of these elements on the country they chose (Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, or Venezuela). They have a graphic organizer to complete to gather information. (see below) To begin, everyone started with the website
This site shares the basic information and from there each pair should have starting points to research even deeper. (the questions to answer in their organizer brochure).
While in the computer lab, students will look at a population density map, a climate map, a natural resource map, a physical map, and a world map to determine how these features are interrelated and the impact they have on one another. Students will look at Mexico and Venezuela as well as Brazil and Cuba on a map to determine the impact a country's physical location has on its climate, trade with other countries, and where people live.
How does the climate of two countries affect trade and where people live?
How do natural resources impact trade and where people live?
I will also share some information on Friday with the students that they may use to add to their research. Students are encouraged to continue researching at home and share with their work partner.
Once the research is completed on their country, country pairs with group with another country pair to share and complete a Venn Diagram comparing the two countries (Mexico to Venezuela, Cuba to Brazil).
A sample question for this standard on the CRCT might be...
As with any small island country, Cuba has fewer natural resources than a country such as Brazil. This affects their trade in that Cuba
A. Exports only manufactured products.
B. Should import fewer products.
C. Needs to import more products.*
D. Does not import or export.
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