South America Printables

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Word Search - Don't Mess With Us

Since the Monroe Doctrine --  a ringing declaration by President James Monroe in 1823 that said the United States would not tolerate any European interference in the affairs of North or South America -- U.S. history has been closely linked with its continental neighbor to the south. Use this word search to help students learn about South America, which contains 12 independent countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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Vocabulary - A History of War

South American is infused with military history that you can easily use to capture students' attention as they fill out this vocabulary worksheet. For example, the Falklands War ignited after Argentina invaded the British-owned Falkland Islands in 1982. In response, the British dispatched a naval task force to the area and crushed the Argentinians -- leading to the fall of President Leopoldo Galtieri, the head of the country's ruling military junta, and the restoration of democracy after years of dictatorship.

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Crossword Puzzle - Devil's Island

The Iles du Salut, off the coast of French Guiana, are lush, tropical islands that were once the site of the infamous Devil's Island penal colony. Ile Royale is now a resort destination for visitors to French Guiana, a tidbit you can use to enthrall students after they complete this South America crossword puzzle.

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Challenge - The Highest Mountain

Argentina is the site of the Western Hemisphere's highest mountain -- Aconcagua, which stands at 22,841 feet. (By comparison, Denali, the highest mountain in North America -- located in Alaska -- is a "puny" 20,310 feet.) Use this kind of interesting fact to teach students South American geography after they complete this multiple-choice worksheet.

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Alphabet Activity - Revolutionary Times

Bolivia, a small country compared to its neighbors Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Chile, is often overlooked in South American studies -- and that's a shame. The country offers a variety of historical, cultural and other points of interest that might well capture students' imaginations. For example, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, one of the world's most important revolutionary figures, was captured and killed by the Bolivian army while attempting to liberate that small South American country, as students can learn after doing this alphabet activity worksheet.

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Draw and Write - Apply What You Know

The previous slides should certainly provide young students with plenty of ideas to fill out this South America draw-and-write page. But, if they are struggling to come up with an idea for a picture to draw or a paragraph to write, have them look up any of the words listed on the vocabulary list from slide No. 2.

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Map - Label the Countries

This map offers a great opportunity to have students find and label the countries of South America. Extra credit: Have students find and label the capitals of each country using an atlas, and then show them amazing pictures of the various national capitals, while discussing some of the salient points of each one.​