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A Life Like Mine

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Life Like Mine tells the story of how children live around the world through four themes:  survival, development, protection, participation.  Excellent images and text suitable for upper elementary and middle school students. Truly has a global perspective. Includes many visuals and maps.

Is is published by UNICEF.

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Amazon Interactive (Texas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of a fun site for students to learn about the Amazon and to play a ecotourism simulation. The Geography links are fun because it explains the true answers and debunks others. The simulation walks the user through the info and the decisions needed to be successful. This would be a good site for mid level and upper elementary kids. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Amazon Watch (Texas)

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Recommended because its overall information of how South America is being developed by “mega projects”… be sure to select “Amazon Watch Programs” from the lead page and then “mega projects”. Be sure to click on the small map that appears to see what is planned for the continent. Be aware of the fact that each project has a link with general information. The site also has ideas of how to get involved. Navigation is all internal to the site. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Ancient Maya Indians of Central America (1971)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because part of the Ancient American Indian Civilization series, this 9 minute video examines, with illustrations and narration, the attributes of the Mayan civilization at its height. Covers architecture, ceremonial cities, farming, religion, sports, and art. Cites reasons for the civilization’s decline and records the architectural ruins which remain. This is useful for Grades 4-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Andes Expedition: Searching for Inca Secrets (Texas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because an interesting site for kids to go on a virtual expedition leading to the discovery of a 500-year-old human sacrifice atop Peru’s Mount Ampato-the volcano where Reinhard discovered the frozen ice maiden in 1995. Click on the dates of the daily dispatches of the expedition as they uncover the secrets of the Andes. You can also view maps and the tomb layout. The forum invites students’ opinions regarding the issues of ‘Who should own the pieces of the past?’. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003. Be aware of the fact that students can view the CT scans of The Ice Maiden through a virtual autopsy. The site is fine for small children. This site is informative and easy to navigate. All navigation is internal in this site.

Argentina (1990)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this 20 minute video examines the geography, customs, and cultural heritage of Argentina, the second-largest nation in Latin America. Discusses in detail the three periods of Argentinean government, including the leadership of Juan Peron. It explains that one-third of the country’s population lives in the capital city of Buenos Aires and shows the arctic life of the southern Argentinean coast, including Patagonia. Grades 6-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Argentina (2001)

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Recommended because this 32 page book is a part of the “Faces and Places” series. It describes the history, geography, people, and customs of the South American country, Argentina. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Stevens, Kathryn. Chanhassen, MN: Child’s World ($25.95) ISBN/ISSN: 1567667120

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At the Edge of Conquest: The Journey of Chief Wai-Wai (1992)

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Recommended because this 28 minute film examines the plight of the Waiapi Indians, an indigenous tribe from northern Brazil, who are struggling to protect their lands from government takeover for mining purposes. Follows Chief Wai-Wai on a four-day trip to Brasilia to discuss territorial boundaries with the Brazilian Indian Agency and other government officials. Shows how native tribes are (mis)treated by the Brazilian government. This film is Closed Captioned. Grades Slavic and Eastern Europe-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Brazil (1990)

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Recommended because this 20 minute film explores the resources, agriculture, industry, and people of Brazil, South America’s largest country. Explains that, although Brazil is a tropical nation, it is becoming one of the most industrially developed nations on the continent. It investigates the many serious problems this rapid industrialization is causing, including pollution and destruction of the large Amazon rain forest. Provides an in-depth view of the lifestyles and heritage of the Brazilian people. Grades Slavic and Eastern Europe-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Brazil (2000)

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Recommended because this 128 page book has illustrations and maps that helps examine the land, people, and history of Brazil and discusses its current state of affairs and place in the world today. It is part of the “Modern nations of the World” series. The book includes bibliographical references and index. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Corona, Laurel. San Diego : Lucent Books ($27.45)ISBN/ISSN: 1560066210

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Brazil (2002)

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Recommended because this 48 page book is a part of the “Changing face of…” series. It presents the natural environment and resources, people and culture, and business and economy of Brazil, focusing on change and including first-hand commentary by the country’s citizens. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Parker, Edward. Austin, TX : Raintree Steck-Vaughn ($28.95)ISBN/ISSN: 0739849654

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Breaking Through (2001)

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Recommended because this 195 page book is about a fourteen-year-old Francisco Jimenez and his family who leave Mexico and arrive at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sisters not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Jim Houghton Mifflin Company ($15.00)ISBN/ISSN: 0618011730

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Chato and the Party Animals (2000)

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Recommended because this is a fun story for early elementary students about a character Chato, who decides to throw a “pachanga” for his friend Novio Boy, who has never had a birthday party. But Chato forgets the most important thing–inviting Novio Boy.”Wickedly funny . . . Guevara’s cats are delicious send-ups of barrio characters, and Soto’s words glisten with wit”. according to Publishers Weekly. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Soto, Gary. G.P. Putnam’s Sons ($15.99 )ISBN/ISSN: 0399231595

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Chile (1990)

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Recommended because this 20 minute film is a part of the “South America Today series”. The video examines the geography, customs, and cultural heritage of Chile. It explores Santiago, Chile’s largest city and capital, as well as Chile’s primary resources and their importance to the economy. The film also reviews the various economic, political, and historical changes that have occurred, including Salvador Allende’s efforts towards industrialization and Augusto Pinochet’s leadership. Grades Slavic and Eastern Europe-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington. Be aware of the fact that this is a dated film, but it could be a great springboard to evaluate the message of the film and what we now know about Chile and the Allende/ Pinochet history. Tim Dove Aug. 2004

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Colouring Book of Flags: Central and South America (Kansas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a great site for information and printouts of all the flags of Central and South America. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003. Start by selecting the link of any country you will get background information about the creation of the national flag, and all other flags, emblems and crests which are important symbols for the country. Be aware of the fact that you can select a small, medium or large black and white master for printing and then coloring.

Conquistadors: Teaching guides (U New Mexico)

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Recommended because this site is good for teachers looking for ideas (pdf files to print) for teaching Cortes and the Aztecs, Pizarro and the Incas, Francisco de Orellana and the Amazon and Cabeza de Vaca and North America. Be aware of the fact that this site has entire units with lesson plans and further resources and websites to help with activity ideas. The appropriate grade level for these materials (depending on the unit) are listed as grades 4-10. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Count your way through Brazil (1996)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this little 24 page book uses the Portuguese words for the numbers from one to ten to introduce the land, history, and culture of Brazil. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Haskins, James. Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books ($5.95) ISBN/ISSN: 0876149719

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Cuban Posters (Cornell)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a site with 33 posters from Cuba with links to each with a brief description. Many countries around the world have used posters as an important art form in gaining insight of current social issues and an inexpensive way to share points of view. This site has some classic examples of such posters from Cuba 1962-1970. This might be a good site to discuss (with upper elementary students) elements of design and used as an introduction to create the students’ own artwork. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

De Orilla a Orilla (U of Puerto Rico )

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Recommended because it is an international, multilingual network for collaborative and critical inquiry. As the site introduces… “From Shore to Shore”, or “De Orilla a Orilla” (in Spanish), is an international teacher-researcher project that has focused on documenting promising classroom practices for intercultural learning over global learning networks. Be aware of the fact that Orillas is NOT a student-to-student pen pal project but rather clusters of class-to-class collaborations designed by two or more partner teachers who have been matched according to common teaching interests and their students’ grade level. The site tells you How to Get Started and gives suggestions of how to plan a project . However reading the Basics of Sister Class Exchanges and Creating a Class Self-Portrait are a good places to understand what is possible with this network. There are also links to some current group projects. Many times my students want these kind of connections with other children to help break down initial stereotypes of each other. This site has been in operation since 1985 and is still around (a testament to the success and necessity of this kind of program). Reviewed by Tim Dove Feb 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

East of the Andes (1990)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because a part of the South American Series, this 18 minute film compares and contrasts the resources, agriculture, industry, and people of Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. It points out that all have a similar Spanish heritage and their most important industry is raising livestock. It also shows that Argentina, the largest of the three nations, ranges from the cold Antarctic to the subtropical border of Brazil, whereas the two small nations of Paraguay and Uruguay act as a “buffer” between Argentina and Brazil. The video explores the great pampas grassland, which covers much of Paraguay and Uruguay, and the gauchos who live there. Grades 4-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Ecuador: Peace Corps Kids World, Explore the World (U Chicago)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a kid friendly site introducing the country of Ecuador. It contains country facts, maps, and links for Everyday Ecuador” including Celebrating Carnaval , Food in Ecuador, Suggested packing list for Ecuador (if you were to be a Peace Corps Volunteer), and What do people do for fun? There is also a packing your bags game. Be aware of the Make a Difference link on the left side of the page… a good introduction for elementary students for this part of the world. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Enter the Rain forest (Texas)

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Recommended because it is a great site for students to use to discover the rain forest. Dr. Steve Blythe, the creator of this site states…”I have been fortunate to have made many trips to different rain forests of the world. I often share these trips, and information about the rain forests, with my children’s classrooms. This website is a product of the enthusiasm of my audiences for this information. Tropical rain forests are spectacular areas, as are many wild and natural areas of our own country! Enjoy the photos, the sights and sounds of the rain forest (RealAudio required), the puzzles, projects, and games!”Start by using images on the top frame (in black and white). Navigation is from a drop down menu system. Due to internal navigation design I cannot set up links within this description… make sure to navigate through the many pages of this site… they are worth it. Be aware of the fact that with only a few noted exceptions, the photographs on this site are by Dr. Blythe, and copyrighted. They may be used freely by students and teachers for classroom projects, but may not be published, including on the internet, without permission. Although the site does not exclusively deal with the rain forests of Central and South America… be sure to check out the Maya link in the Rain forest Journeys section (the tree stump on the far right). Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Esperanza Rising (2000)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this 262 page book was a Pura Belpr

Citation: Ryan, Pam Munoz. New York : Scholastic Press ($4.99 )ISBN/ISSN: 043912042X

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Evan’s Ecuador (Texas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a kid site to explore Ecuador. Join Evan on his journey to Ecuador. Evan is a 5 year old boy from Canada. In February and March of 1998, he traveled with his father on a four week vacation to South America. This is Evan’s story of his special journey. He will be your guide through the Andes Mountains, to the enchanted Galapagos Islands, and into the Amazon Rain forest. For younger students Evan (and his father) can introduce these parts of South America through text, drawings, sound and film clips. Be aware of the fact that if your computer doesn’t suuport .asf files (Microsoft Windows Media-Advanced Systems Format) you will not be able to view the film clips. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Evan’s Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia (Texas)

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Recommended because it is a kid site to explore Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. In July, 2000, seven-year-old Evan embarked on a month-long journey. This time to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Let Evan guide you through the wonders of the Gate of the Sun… there are film clips, pictures and text that examine Cotopaxi and the Tiger Scorpions, Piranha Fishing, Amazon Wildlife & Larvae, The Achuar People, Visit with a Shaman, Cuzco & The Guinea Pig, The Lost City of Machu Pichu and Lake Titicaca and the Island of the Sun. A fun site for students to use and have a friend along for the experience. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Fact Monster: Information Please (Texas)

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Recommended because it provides kids basic almanac for general information about the countries of the world. Very usable for younger elementary. Easy Navigation with basic overview and current information about the countries of the world. You select the country you need from a simple alphabetical listing along the left side of the page. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Famous people of Mexico (2003)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this 64 page book is part of the “Our southern neighbor Mexico” series. It profiles notable Mexican leaders, conquerors, soldiers, revolutionaries, politicians, intellectuals, artists, writers, and women.. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Carew-Miller, Anna. Philadelphia, PA: Mason Crest Publishers ($19.95)ISBN/ISSN: 1590840763

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Food for the Ancestors (Texas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a site that could introduce Days of the Dead, Art, and the use of Food to begin to understand some of the traditions of Mexican life. Food for the Ancestors is a culinary-history exploration of Days of the Dead, Mexican traditions and ancient ways of life that still exist there. All of these seen through Mexican cuisine. Be aware of the fact that this is a PBS site with a video available to support the lessons. Make sure to check out the Middle School (actually for grades 5&6) lessons : Discovering the Foods of Mexico. The high school lesson “extensions” (further down the page) are worth reviewing for ideas to “regear” for younger audiences as well. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Guatemala: Peace Corps Kids World, Explore the World (U Chicago)

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Recommended because it is a kid friendly site introducing the country of Guatemala. It contains country facts, maps, and links for Everyday Guatemala including Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday, All Saints Day in Guatemala, Todos Santos in Guatemala, and Patron Saint days in Guatemala. There is also a section called Learn About Peace Corps Work In Guatemala: with links to: In Agriculture, In Business Development, In the Environment. In Health, and the Crisis Corps. Be aware of the Tell Me a Story link. Click on the link and read along with a folk tale. Also…don’t miss out on the Make a Difference link on the left side of the page… a good introduction for elementary students for this part of the world. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Guide to Latin Music (U Chicago)

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Recommended because it provides an overview of different genres of music from South and Central America. The best attribute of the page is to give the reader a crash course of different styles of music found in the Latin World. Be aware of the fact this site has many links for reference to purchase the music, however this list can give you a direction of how to find recordings for purchase at other sources. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Hyperhistory Online (New Mexico)

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Recommended because this site is a quick overview of events from the Americas and later in the timeline (1500-2003), Latin America in relation to other parts of the world. Start by selecting the History (or any other organizer) from the left menu. Then watch for the options of time periods that appear on the right side. Select one aand a basic time line appears. Be aware of the fact that the areas are listed alphabetical from top to bottom so the regions of the Americas are on top for easy reference. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Inca Dances (Texas)

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Recommended because it provides video clips of four authentic Inca dances. Be aware of the fact that the different files take a while to load but then you can play the clip over and over. The clips run for 16 to 25 seconds each. There is music playing simultaneously. This would be a fun activity for students to try. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Inside the Amazing Amazon (1995)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this 32 page book has fold out cross sections of the rainforest. A fun book for discussion with grades 4-6. This is a visually dramatic book with detailed paintings and supportive text. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Lessen, Don. New York: Crown Publishers ($17.95)ISBN/ISSN: 00517594900

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Introducing Latin America Part One: The Land (1994)

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Recommended because this 28 minute film presents a broad introductory overview of the geographical features of Latin America. It is a part of the “Introducing Latin American Series” and begins in the north at the Rio Grande and working southward, covers the mountains, volcanoes, lakes, rivers, valleys, deserts and plains of the various regions. Also it briefly discusses how agricultural practices are influenced by the geophysical characteristics of Latin America. Grades Slavic and Eastern Europe-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Introducing Latin America Part Two: The People (1995)

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Recommended because this 28 minute film is part 2 of the “Introducing Latin America Series” and presents a broad introductory overview of the people of Latin America, highlighting the various ancestries of the current populations. It discusses the various indigenous populations and shows their prevalence in contemporary society and their diversity. It also discusses the influences of the Muslim, Spanish and Portuguese cultures on the culture of Latin America, the colonization by the Spanish and Portuguese empires, the slave trade and the impact of immigration on the ethnic make-up and cultural practices of the various groups in Latin America. Grades 6-8. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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JigSaw Puzzles of Flags (Kansas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is a good site those with some time on your hands that like to play with puzzles. This site allows the user to select a flag, the size and type of pieces and then runs a clock as you put it back together. Might be a fun intro activity for younger elementary. And for the truly competitive… the site keeps track of the fastest completion time. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Juan Bobo Goes to Work (2000)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because Puerto Rico’s most celebrated folktale hero sets out to find work at the farm and grocery, but he manages to bungle even the simplest tasks. This humorous book has wonderful full-color illustrations and would be appropriate for grades K-3. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Montes,Marisa (retold by). New York: HarperCollins ($15.95)ISBN/ISSN: 0688162339

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Kids explore Mexico (1990)

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Recommended because this 28 minute video is volume 1 of a series “Where in the World” and created by the Children’s International Network . The film, by means of letters and packages from a pen pal, the kids in the secret clubhouse discover many things about this dynamic country. The curious young adventurers explore the rich history and vibrant people of Mexico. Grades K-4. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003.

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Magic Tales of Mexico (Michigan)

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Recommended because it is a delightful collection of nine folk tales from the people of southwest Texas and northern Mexico. Start by reading the heartfelt introduction. The stories have a magical flair to them and each has a link at the bottom of the lead page. Each story is titled with a neat symbol of traditional artwork and the text is presented in side by side columns of Spanish and English. Be aware of the fact that at the conclusion of each short story there are interesting notes and side bars discussing certain similarities of this story with others around the world. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Maya Culture — Traditional Storyteller’s Tales (Texas)

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Recommended because it provides wonderful folk tales and graphics to share with children. These animal stories are from Tales and Legends of the Q’anjob’al Maya (Yax:Te’ Press, copyright 1995; reprinted here with permission). This collection is 41 tales, fables, myths and legends of the Q’anjob’al-speaking people of the Cuchumat’n Mountains of Guatemala. There are animal stories, strange encounters with Lords of the Hill, tales of deceit and wonder, and origin legends. Start by scrolling down on the opening page and selcet a story link. Navigation is organized by linking to the stories by type… Check it out! Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Maya/Aztec/Inca of the Lords of the Earth (Texas)

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Recommended because it deals with the Archeology and Anthropology of the Americas. The links section links include Archaeoastronomy, the Maya, Aztec, Mixtec (includes links to codices), Inca, North American Indian and Other Links. A nice site that contains details about subjects not readily found on other basic information sites. As an example… did you know??? From the site… “Excuse me, our name is not Aztec, we call ourselves Mexica. Would you please correct your scripts accordingly. Aztec is the white people’s definition, and an insult to our people”. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Mexican Portraits (1993)

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Recommended because this 96 page book is a part of the “Images across the ages” series. It presents biographical sketches of Nezahualcoyotl, Moctezume II, Malinche, Juan Diego, Diego de la Cruz, Juana Ines de la Cruz, Father Miguel Hidalgo, Benito Juarez, Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahol, and Amalia Hernandez. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Hoobler, Dorothy. Austin, TX : Raintree Steck-Vaughn ($24.95)ISBN/ISSN: 0811463761

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Mexican-American Heritage (1997)

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Recommended because this 25 minute video is a part of the “American cultures for children video series”. Hosted by Phylicia Rashad, this film helps children learn about the history, geography, and culture of Mexico; count to ten and say a few words in Spanish; tour the Olvera Street market in Los Angeles; make a yarn painting; see an animated folktale; and sing a Mexican folk song. This film is closed captioned for the hearing impaired. Grades K-4. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

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Mexico (1982)

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Recommended because this 45 page book is a part of the “New true book” series. It discusses the geography and history of Mexico as well as the ways of life of its people. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Jacobsen, Karen. Chicago : Childrens Press (out of print)ISBN/ISSN: 05160163

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Mexico (1989)

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Recommended because this is a 32 page picture book of Mexico. This is another visual reference for early childhood classrooms. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: James, Ian. London ; New York : Franklin Watts ($15.95) ISBN/ISSN: 0531107612

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Mexico …in pictures (1988)

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Recommended because this 64 page book is a part of the “Visual geography” series. Looking for a variety of color pictures of Mexico? This is the book for your elementary students. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Hall, Barbara J. Minneapolis : The Company ($27.95)ISBN/ISSN: 0822518015

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Mexico : the land (1993)

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Recommended because this 32 page book is part of the “Lands, peoples, and cultures” series. From the peaks of the Sierra Madres to the desert plains of the Baja Peninsula, young readers will discover Mexico’s breathtaking geography and history. It is a nice picture book introducing different aspects of the people and land of Mexico. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Kalman, Bobbie. New York, NY : Crabtree Pub. Co. ($22.95) ISBN/ISSN: 086505214X

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Mountain of Fame: Portraits in Chinese History (1994)

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Recommended because of its biographies of some of China’s most famous figures, including Confucius, Empress Wu, the Qianlong Emperor, Liang Qichao, and Mao Zedong.
Reviewed from Indiana University East Asian Studies Selected Bibliography of Resources – China.

Citation: Wills, John E., Jr. Princeton: Princeton University Press ($14.95).

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Music from the Caribbean Region (Indiana)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it’s a stream connection to MIT’s radio WMBR. Looking for Caribbean music de Jam Session (Sunday from 2-4pm) or Brazilian style music (Sunday noon-2pm), you might want to check out this site. WMBR 88.1fm is a student and community volunteer station which broadcasts from the campus of M.I.T. in Cambridge, MA. They reach the greater metropolitan Boston area and offer an eclectic mix of world music specialty shows including African, Cape Verdean, reggae, calypso and world beat. Be aware of the fact that Windows users will use WINAmp and Apple Users can use iTunes through an Mp3 format. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Outline Maps: South America (Texas)

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Recommended because it is good for teachers looking for that basic map to work with students. This site is recommended for basic printable black line master maps of South America (political with labels or one without). Start by clicking on either link and depending on how your computer is set up, you will immediately download a printable pdf file for use. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Passport to Mexico (1994)

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Recommended because this 48 page book is part of the second edition of the “Passport to…” series. It introduces the geography, industry, natural resources, and people of Mexico. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Irizarry, Carmen. New York : Franlin Watts ($24.95)ISBN/ISSN: 0531143228

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People and Their Culture (1990)

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Recommended because in this 21 minute film it discusses the mixture of races, customs, traditions, and religions in South America. The video also introduces a variety of people, and shows how they are affecting, and being affected by, their resources, agriculture, industry, and urban or rural life. Grades 4-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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People of the Caribbean Island (1991)

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Recommended because this 18 minute film presents an overview of the peoples and cultures of the Caribbean Island chain. Despite the substantial ethnic, linguistic, and geographic diversity in over two thousand miles, there is a cultural similarity also. The video also portrays a culture with a strong sense of family, a belief in hard work and strong morals. Grades 6-12. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Perry-Casta

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides printable maps of anywhere in the Americas. This site includes many current and historical maps. Select the country or region from an alphabetical listing that you are interested in and a detailed map (or a further selection of that country’s maps) appears. Be aware of the fact that some of the maps are in .jpg and .pdf formats. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Photos of the Andes (Texas)

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Recommended because it provices photographs of the area. These can be used for projects and or introduction activities. If you need pictures of contemporary typical mountain life, this site can help. There are a few aerial shots and a few of the author’s family pics too. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Rain forest Action Network (Kansas)

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Recommended because of its links to educational materials and action opportunities for students who want to make a difference. Make sure to check out the Video “Forest Family Forever!”… great for younger elementary students. You can view the 14 minute film with real player (a free download is available). Be aware of the fact that there are a total of 10 graphic links to groups and activities that help understand the issues and enable action for kids to help make a difference. There are pictures and descriptions that will spur further ideas from your own students. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Rainforest Action Network

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Recommended because it provides information on corporate relationships with the rainforest, human rights of those impacted by the rain forest, benefits and disadvantages of energy use regarding the environment, and resources for teachers and students. Start with Get Involved, and Resources sections.  Also see Rainforest Heroes section for primary student resources. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

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Short Stories from The Andes (Texas)

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Recommended because it is a site of short stories from primary sources about the daily life of children in the Andes…The first story is prefaced with “I lived in the Andes until I was 12 years old, then in the City Lima another 12 years before coming to the US. But even though I’ve lived here many years, in my heart I’m still a little girl from the Andes.”Be aware of the fact that each paragraph in English is followed by a translation in Spanish. The stories are told from the voice of two children. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Songs in Quechua — Canciones (Texas)

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Recommended because it is a site for audio of 18 songs from the Andes region. As children listen to the songs the text is complete on the website in the local dialect, English and Spanish. The recordings range from 42 seconds to almost six minutes in length. Some titles include: “Dreams of a Deer”, “Luchin”, “Children of the Sun”, “The Majestic Bird passes overhead”, “The Girl in the Red Dress” (sung by an eight year old and his mother), “Who are the real Terrorists?”, “Unjustly Jailed” and others. Be aware of the fact that you can download the songs in Real player or MP3 formats. This is an interesting collection of authentic music of the region over the years. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

South America: Continent of Diversity (1995)

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Recommended because this 30 minute film outlines the human geography, climate, economy, and history of various countries of South America. It compares population, land, and economies of Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, French Guiana, and Guyana and presents broad generalizations about each nation-state. Grades 6-12. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Take a trip to Mexico (1982)

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Recommended because this 31 page book is part of the “Take a trip to ….” series. Through text and photographs this book introduces the scenery of our southern neighbor, as well as various aspects of that country’s way of life. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Lye, Keith. London ; New York : Franklin Watts ($18.95)ISBN/ISSN: 0531044718

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The Electric Gallery: The Haitian Art Wing (Indiana)

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Recommended because of the design and information on this site. If you have an interest in Haitian Art… you’ll love this site. Navigation is easy and the site has countless, well designed links for further exploration about a piece of artwork, an artist or a related idea. The site includes Voodoo Flags, and a list of contemporary Haitian painters with links to his/her work, Despite the hardships and political trauma suffered by this country, Haiti remains a wellspring of creativity and imagination. Start by taking a moment to read about the origins of Haitian art before you go on to view the paintings in the Haitian Art Wing. Be aware of the fact that this site does sell works as well, however the site is worth visiting to get some background and information on some wonderful graphic art. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

The Land and People of Venezuela (1991)

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Recommended because this 193 page book is part of the “Portraits of the nations” series. In the “Portraits of the Nations” series, a fine, comprehensive overview of a leading Latin American country. As with other titles in the series, the general reader’s lack of knowledge as to the details of Spanish colonial rule or the unique terrain of Venezuela is wisely taken into account. Geography, cultural life, and pre- and post-independence history are all presented clearly and intelligently. Simon Bolivar’s role in the formation of independent Venezuela is given its due, but the Great Liberator doesn’t overshadow the country’s important, if unstable, subsequent history. Boxed mini facts’ and brief discussions highlight elements of the main text: especially useful, intriguing topics include the African influence on Venezuelan culture, the importance of the chocolate tree in the country’s colonial economy, the use of double surnames, and key political figures of the 20th century. Reviewed by by Kirkus Reviews.

Citation: Fox, Geoffrey. New York, NY : HarperCollins ($19.95)ISBN/ISSN: 0060224762

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The Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920 (1994)

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Recommended because this 160 page book does a good job presenting a history of the struggle for political control in Mexico during the years 1910-1920, including biographical sketches of key personalities. This is a chronicle of the long and bloody Mexican struggle for independence traces the origins of the revolution, describes the battles that were fought, and profiles the leading figures of the era, including Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. This text would best be used by grades 6-10. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003

Citation: Stein, R. Conrad. New York : New Discovery Books ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International ($15.95)ISBN/ISSN: 0027869504

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Touring Turn of the Century America… Mexico search (U Chicago)

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Recommended because it provides black and white photos of Mexico from 1880-1920. The site is of an initial search of photos. You can use the search link for new searches. This site is focused on early US, however there are some good reference pictures from early Mexico. Select the two links for Mexico to browse pictures. You can click on the picture for a regular size and the possibility to print with biographical information. A note from the site…?The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright or any other restrictions in the photographs in this collection. However, some of the content may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) and/or by the copyright or neighboring-rights laws of other nations?. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Zoom School : Enchanted Learning online (Texas)

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Recommended because Zoom School is recommended an on-line elementary school classroom with lessons in geography, biology, language arts, and early childhood activities. It has activities related specifically to Brazil, Mexico, Rain Forests , animal printouts for coloring, and flags with related activities. Be aware of the fact that the creators of this page do ask for some type of monetary support on the honor system if you use the materials. It is worth checking out if you need materials for early elementary children. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.