Brazil Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the country of Brazil. Students will read an anchor text lesson that explains the history and geography of the country. They will then discuss content and display understanding through a project.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • locate Brazil on a map
  • identify geographical features of Brazil
  • provide the history of Brazil
  • share and discuss facts about Brazil


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Brazil Lesson for Kids: History & Facts, one for each student
  • Map of South America
  • Map of Brazil
  • Paper, cut into thin strips
  • Paper, cut into quarters
  • Colored pencils
  • Stapler

Key Vocabulary

  • Portugal
  • Carnival

Curriculum Standards


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Show students a map of South America and have them locate Brazil. Notice and note geographical features such as bordering countries and landforms.
  • Now share a map of Brazil and ask students to locate major cities and other geographical features such as rivers and major landmarks.
  • Distribute the text lesson Brazil Lesson for Kids: History & Facts and read the section 'Off to Brazil!' with students.
  • Now have students prepare their notebooks for learning by titling a page 'Brazil' and making a five-column chart with column titles 'Geography,' 'History,' 'Rainforests & Wildlife,' 'Carnival' and 'Culture.'
  • Allow students to add information to their 'Geography' section. Share as a whole class.

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