Brazil Unit Study
I am having a blast writing a column for the Old Schoolhouse
magazine called the International
Schoolhouse. In the article, I get the chance to share with you
about the landscape, the history and the culture of the highlighted
country, in this case Brazil. However, there is so much to
tell that simply overflows a 1500 word article that I have decided to
compile the remainder of the information as a unit study for you.
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Okay, so now that you have read the article, it's
time to dive in for some hands-on learning to cement your student's
growing knowledge of this South American country.
READING SELECTIONS -
Let's start with some extra reading. Listed below are some great
books about Brazil, or set in the South American country of Brazil, that will provide many
hours of enjoyable reading. The links below will take you to Amazon.com for more information, but you can find these at your local
library. Read for pleasure alone, or have your kids write a book
report on one of these selections.
The first book listed above - B
is for Brazil - is for younger readers. "From
the wilds of the Amazon rain forest to the busy streets of São Paulo;
from C is for Carnival to J is for Jangada; from football to Zebu
cattle; B Is for Brazil shows this lively South American country in
all its colorful diversity." The next book - Count Your
Way Through Brazil - teaches your children (ideal for ages 9-12)
how to count in Portuguese (official language of Brazil) while
learning about a faraway country in the process. In Brazil, Haskins
and Benson present an engaging look at this vast country through
snippets of information about its people, products, and way of life.
The final two books
listed above are great all-around books depicting life in Brazil.
These are also geared toward 9-12 year olds. If you would like
one more book for the younger kids, check out Dancing Turtle: A
Folktale from Brazil by Pleasant DeSpain.
HISTORY & TIMELINES - Learn more about
Brazil by compiling
historical facts and events from its turbulent history and
adding them to your timeline. If you do not have a timeline on
the go, you can construct one by following these directions -
How to Make a Timeline Easily. Here
is a link to a wonderful resource for timeline entries about Brazil -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1231075.stm. Here is
another one, a little bit more simplified for kids -
A unit study would not be
complete without taking a good look at the lay of the land.
Click here for both a labeled and unlabeled
map of Brazil. Have your students mark some of the
major cities, the neighboring countries, and the ocean to the
east, at the
least. For older students, have them use your teacher's map and
fill in the rest!
This is my favorite part - the
food from the land! I'm not very familiar with Brazilian
cuisine, or any South American cuisine for that matter. But
these recipes sound delicious!
Here are a few favorite dishes for the locals.
For an appetizer, you might want to try...
Mandioca Frita (Deep-fried manioc)
(also known as "cassava" or "yuca")
and wash the manioc
the manioc into strips
the manioc in water with salt
and allow to cool
the oil in a frying or sauce pan
the manioc and fry until golden brown
on paper towel and sprinkle with salt
batata com atum (Potato salad with tuna)
1 can of
1 cup of
tablespoon of olive oil (optional)
the potatoes and boil them in water with salt
the cooked potatoes and cut them into small pieces
the potatoes in a bowl and add the drained tuna
mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, green onion, salt and pepper to
well, cover and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Branco (Brazilian Style Rice)
Brazilians eat rice with beans for lunch and dinner every day!
tablespoon of oil
of crushed garlic
1 cup of
cups of boiling water
the onion and garlic in hot oil.
the rice and stir-fry well
the water and salt
the water boil for a few minutes
the pan and lower the heat
rice is cooked, turn off the heat and let it rest for about 10 minutes
rice in a bowl - it is ready to serve!
Rice with carrot or tomato is also popular in Brazil. Add either
of these ingredients during the first step, while you are sautéing the
onion and garlic.
de Porco Frita (Pan-fried pork chops)
of crushed garlic
pepper to taste
the pork chops in a bowl
with garlic, parsley, lemon, salt and pepper
the bowl with saran-wrap and place in fridge for 1 hour or longer
Pan-fry the pork chops in hot oil until golden brown
are ready to serve!
Frita (Fried Bananas)
Brazil, there are many types of bananas to choose from, such as
banana-nanica (dwarf banana), banana-maca (apple banana), banana-prata
(silver banana) and more.
teaspoons of butter
and sugar to taste
the butter in a non-stick pan
the bananas and fry until golden brown
the bananas on a plate
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
You may add honey and raisins to the bananas when frying them.
Fried bananas go very well with vanilla ice cream and/or whipping
cream. Brazilians also eat fried bananas with their meal, but
the bananas would be coated in egg and then breadcrumbs.
The people of Brazil make some amazing and exquisite craft items
that they use and sell to make a living, including weaving, beadwork
and jewelry design.
Here are a couple of fun projects that you can do
with your children. The first one is a little easier than the
Make a Brazilian mask:
Create an exquisite Brazilian bracelet:
And remember to have fun!
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