Friday, February 8, 2008

International Week - Day 5 - Mexico and Costa Rica

Today was the last stop on our tour around the world. We went to Costa Rica and Mexico. Ms. Ana shared artifacts from Costa Rica and showed the children where on the map it is located. Although Costa Rica is a small country, there are an endless number of places to see. You can bask in the sun because they have over 50 beaches, visit some of the more than 160 parks, reserves, and conservation areas, or visit one of the most active volcanoes in the world. There are butterfly gardens and frog museums. The brilliantly colored red-eyed tree frog is a very popular sighting. The children made tree frog puppets, butterflies, and finished their pinatas. The enjoyed guava juice, tortillas, and desserts native to Costa Rica.

Ms. Karen from Mexico shared pictures of their lovely beaches. Mexico is part of Latin America. It is the southern neighbor of the United States. It is four times larger than Texas. Mexico is home to two differerent types of land. Two mountain ranges cut through Mexico. Some parts are covered by deserts. Tropical jungles cover the other areas. People around the world enjoy Mexican food. Mexico introduced corn, chocolate, and chilies to the world. The children made their own tortillas by balling up the flour mixure and pressing down on the tortilla press. Cheese was added and a quesadilla was made for them (while they waited).

As the week ends and we remember the countries that we visited: Turkey, Venezuala, Vietnam, China, Costa Rica, and Mexico, we can celebrate a social studies journey that the children will always remember. Mrs. Johnson and I would like to thank the parents of our class that made this week possible and for all of the hard work you put into it to make it such a success. I can't wait to experience "International Week" part 2 next year...I can only imagine!!! AdiĆ³s!

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