Activities on Belize

1. Social Studies     There are over Maya 900 sites in Belize. And, if you want to know about the Maya, trust Khan Academy to create lessons that you might find valuable.

2. Social Studies     PBS provides lessons on Maya writing and Maya art.

3. Art     Mayan art has fascinating detail. On this blog, Lines, Dots and Doodles, there are student made masks in a variety of colors. They could be made with paper mosaics and paper mache glue or with whatever material you choose. If I had my students do this activity, I would try to have them include some authentic Mayan detail from research.

4. Art     The national bird of Belize is the toucan. That is such a colorful bird! Of course, it leads itself to several art lessons. Check these out by Deep Space Sparkle, the blog Art Makes Kids Smart, and, finally, an activity for first grade on Mrs. Levine's Elementary Art.

5. Science     Belize has a coastline along the Caribbean. That means hurricanes will come. Like it or not, it's a part of life with Caribbean sunshine. There are many sites that have lessons about hurricanes for the classroom. That list includes Education World, National Geographic, but my personal favorite was the vast collection of ideas from A to Z Teacher Stuff.

6. FACS     Okay, it really isn't a lesson plan, but I thought I would throw in some Belizean recipes. You never can lose if you add food to a lesson. Never! So, I found recipes for you from Grace Kennedy, the Belize News Post,, the Ambergris forumMy and, last but not least, there are recipes I gathered from my sister while in Belize.  It should give you enough to have a great taste of Belize, if not in your classroom, at least at your home.