The Caribbean Islands

The Caribbean Islands introduces students to this beautiful tropical region of the world. It describes many of the most popular islands and territories and provides a lot of facts about the region in general. Students will love exploring this collection of islands the lives between North and South America.

Students will learn a great deal in this lesson. The activity in particular requires them to do some research to find even more information. There are several suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section that you may want to use as you teach your students. You might want to plan a “Caribbean Island” day, for instance, where parents can make food using recipes native to the region. There is a lot of room to get creative!

OVERVIEW

The Caribbean Islands is a fun lesson for students from 3rd through 6th grade. Students will learn all about this tropical part of the world. They will discover some of the facts and traits about this region that make it special. They will learn some of the history as well.

What The Caribbean Islands includes

Several content pages illustrate the region known as the Caribbean. The lesson begins by describing where the Caribbean is and how it used to be called the West Indies. It discusses some basics, such as how many islands there are and what the climate is like. The weather in this part of the world, for instance, does not change very much between winter and summer. The main difference between seasons is the amount of rainfall the area receives.

Students will learn about some of the islands specifically. Several islands of the Caribbean are incredibly popular and well known. These include Aruba, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Then students will discover some really cool facts about some of these places. For example, two-thirds of the people of Montserrat had to flee between 1995 and 2000 because of volcanic activity.

ACTIVITY

You will assign each student (or pair or group of students if you prefer) an island. They will create a tourism poster that will attract tourists to their island. They can use the internet to find more information and pictures to put on their posters. At the end, you will grade their posters using the rubric.

PRACTICE

For the practice worksheet, students will first match 10 capital cities to the correct island or territory. There is a word bank to the right of the cities from which students can select their answers. Next, students will answer 15 questions about the Caribbean islands based on the information in the lesson.

HOMEWORK

The homework assignment lists 10 islands and territories in a word bank. There is a list of 20 total descriptions. Students must match the islands to the descriptions that apply to them.

Additional information

grade-level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

subject

Social Studies

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, 7, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, 7, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, 7

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.