In today’s lesson, we will explore the geography of Central America.
With our coloring sheet, see if you can color and find some important land and water forms in Central America. Also, with a second fun coloring activity, get to know the countries and animals that make up this beautiful region! Before you begin, check out our Lesson Guide download for an overview of today’s lesson from a teacher!
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In today’s lesson, we will continue to apply your learning about maps, geography, and land and water forms as we explore the Caribbean Islands.
In lesson 6, we learned about some land and water forms that include a landform called an archipelago. An archipelago is a group of islands that are close together. That is why the islands in the Caribbean are called the Caribbean Archipelago. Did you know that there are over 7,000 islands in the Caribbean archipelago? There are 13 countries in the Caribbean and 12 territories! A territory is an extension of other countries. In the Caribbean, there are three main ecosystems such as forests, coastal areas, and wetlands full of wildlife, from birds to reptiles, and sea creatures!
Today, you will color a map of the Caribbean islands and find some land and water forms in the region. Then, you can color some of our favorite animals of the Caribbean! Before you get started, you will need crayons or colored pencils to color the map.
First, color the physical map of the Caribbean. Find and circle the following water forms on the map:
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In Puerto Rico, we find a special kind of frog called the coquí, pronounced ko-kee.
Coquís are named for the loud sound the male frogs make at night. Coquís are nocturnal, which means they are most active at night. During the day, they rest in the shade under logs and rocks. Coquís are carnivores, which is a fancy word for meat-eater. They like to eat other small critters like ants, crickets, moths, spiders, snails, smaller frogs, and even lizards!!
In today’s lesson, you will learn how to draw your own coquí! Before you begin, you will need a pencil, eraser, and colored pencils or crayons.
Coquís are one of the largest frog species found in Puerto Rico!
Coquís are a beloved symbol of Puerto Rico and the Taíno culture. Legends tell of a time when the island was inhabited by millions of coquís way before humans came to the island of Puerto Rico.
Many frog types have webbed feet but not coquís! Their scientific name (Eleutherodactylus) literally translates to “free toes.”
Coquís grow to be about one to two inches long. That’s the size of two quarters side by side. So tiny but so loud when they all sing at night in the jungles of El Yunque rainforest! Check out the clip to hear the sound the male coquís make at night!
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Let’s get to know where some of our favorite animals live in the world!
Before you begin, you will need markers or crayons, scissors, and glue.
1) Color the map and its animal shapes.
2) On the sheet with the animal illustrations, color the animal illustrations and cut them out.
3) Match the animal cut out to the correct animal shape on the map to see where these animals live in the world.
4) When you’ve matched the shape, glue the animal to its home!
Why do you think some animals live in only some parts of the world? What are some animals that live near water or in the water?
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