South America Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

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

Explore the geography, history, wildlife and culture of South America with this lesson. Students will read a text lesson that details these and other aspects of the continent, do activities to apply learning, and take a quiz to test understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify and describe the geography of South America, including countries in the region
  • describe the history and culture of South America
  • explain characteristics of animals in South America


50 minutes for the lesson, plus two class sessions for activity


  • Copies of the lesson South America Facts: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Map of South America
  • Access to technology and the internet and/or print resources
  • Markers
  • Poster board and/or chart paper

Key Vocabulary

  • South America
  • Strait of Magellan
  • Irrigation system
  • Carnivorous

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7

Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.8

Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.

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