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A boy plays a traditional flute in Otavalo, Ecuador

In this image, a boy plays a traditional flute in Otavalo, Ecuador. More images of Ecuador can be found in the LEARN NC multimedia area. (Photograph by Margery H. Freeman. More about the photograph)

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Lesson Plans

Threads through South America: Weaving in Ecuador
This lesson for grade six takes a look at the weaving and textiles created in the Andes of Ecuador in and near the town of Otavalo. In addition to learning about Ecuadorian weaving, students may also create their own woven artifact.(Grade 6 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Social Studies)
Bullfighting in Columbia
In this lesson for grade six, students study the history of bullfighting in Spain and Colombia as an example of how cultural traditions can be transferred from one place to another. Students analyze photographs of bullfighting in Colombia and discuss the cultural tradition of the sport and the controversy surrounding it.(Grade 6 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
Resources of South America
This lesson should be conducted following your unit on South America. Students will work with a partner to conduct research into the natural and man-made resources of a particular country in South America. The students create a map of the country illustrating its resources — an activity that helps them synthesize what they’ve learned in the classroom and in their independent research.
Ecuador: A land of climate diversity
In this lesson, students will create climate graphs and analyze photographs to investigate the various types of climate in Ecuador and the interactions between climate and human culture. The lesson plan is designed to be adapted to the study of various countries. (Grade 6 Science and Social Studies)
Ecuador: A study of population
In this lesson, students will create population pyramid graphs and analyze photographs to investigate population in Ecuador. Students will draw on this analysis to make predictions about how population issues will affect Ecuador’s future. The lesson plan is designed to be adapted to the study of various countries.

Websites

Conquistadors
The sections on Mexico, Peru, Amazonia, and North America provide background on the native groups encountered by the Conquistadors. The essays explore the culture and traditions of these American groups and the impact and legacy of their contact with the Conquistadors.
Latin America
Geographia presents Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Learn about History, Culture, Travel tips, Cusine and more from this travel agency site.
Orinoco Online
The remote Orinoco of Venezuela is home to twelve distinct indigenous groups. Learn more about these native people, diverse geography, and cultural objects they create for use in the rituals of daily life.
Patagonia’s Marine Menagerie
“Where Argentina’s plains meet the ocean, life explodes.” Learn about penguins, elephant seals, and other marine life.

Multimedia

Traditional weaving in Ecuador
hotographs and text illustrate traditional weaving in Ecuador, from carding and spinning wool to selling finished products at the market.
The transformation of cacao into chocolate
Transforming cacao into chocolate is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps. This slideshow tells the story of that process, focusing on one cacao plantation in the Barlovento region of Venezuela.