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BELIZE ACTIVITIES
 

1. Social Studies .....As usual, I'm preaching to the choir. If you want to find any activities about Belize, Central America and the Caribbean, your first step should be pppst.com. Tried, tested, approved and -- of course -- beautifully illustrated.

2. Social Studies .....You can't really study anything about Belize without the Maya civilization. When you're done searching through pppst.com, your next stop should be mr.donn.org. It should always be on your search list. Yep, they are your go to site for Maya history and any other kind of history as well.

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

4. Social Studies .....It's always nice to stick with names you know when searching for a website to help you in your class. PBS. Now, isn't that a name you trust? Their activities include art and recipes. In my book, you can never miss if a lesson includeds food.

5. 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.

6. 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, Chalk Talk for kindergartens and, finally, an activity for first grade on Mrs. Levine's Elementary Art.

7. 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 Discovery Education, Education World, the National Education Association, National Geographic, but my personal favorite was the vast collection of ideas from A to Z Teacher Stuff.

8. 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, Belize.com, the Ambergris Caye.com forum, and My Belize.net. It should give you enough to have a great taste of Belize, if not in your classroom, at least at your home.

MARTIN
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