Cuba Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Teach your students about Cuba with this lesson plan. Students will use nonfiction reading strategies on an informational text that explains the history of the country and facts about its culture, geography and resources. A follow-up activity and quiz make learning stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the history of Cuba
  • describe Cuba's natural resources and culture
  • identify Cuba on a map


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the text lesson Cuba Lesson for Kids: History & Facts, one for each student
  • Maps of Cuba, one for each student
  • Chart paper
  • Highlighters
  • Map of the Caribbean Sea
  • White boards and markers
  • Cube template/cutouts
  • Scissors
  • Tape/Glue
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils

Key Vocabulary

  • Cuban Communist Party
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Havana

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.


Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

Warm Up

  • Divide students into partners and display a map of the Caribbean Sea.
  • Ask partners to work together to identify Florida, the Bahamas, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
  • Now focus students' attention on Cuba. Ask partners:
    • What do you notice about the island of Cuba?
    • What landforms does Cuba have?
    • What is Cuba near?
  • Give each student a map of Cuba and have them label Florida, the Bahamas, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

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