and the Environment
Create a Travel Brochure
and the Environment
- The students will learn how Peru is a geographically
- To understand how the geography of the country contributes to its
- To draw maps of Peru to show the three main geographic
- To learn how to construct mental maps to organize information.
- Paper and pencil,
- Detailed map(s) of Peru showing its
physical characteristics (soil, climate, vegetation, rivers,
- Watercolors or tempera paints,
- Colored markers,
- Chart or heavy duty paper,
- Travel brochures and travel web sites.
|Before beginning the study of Peru's geographical
features have the students complete a KWHL
Chart. (K= What Do We
Know; W=What We Want to Know; H=How Do We Find Out; L=What We
Learned). This activity can be done as an entire class or in small
groups. If done in small groups, the groups will share their
charts with the class as a whole.
- Describe how Peru is a geographically diverse
country. Describe the physical characteristics of each of the
three major sections of the country.
- How did the physical characteristics of each of the three
geographical sections affect the early inhabitants social and economic
- What two routes could travelers take to get from Iquitos to the
capitol in Lima? Discuss why boat travel is of major importance in the
Amazon Basin. How did travel differ between the two main types of
- Why do you think travel by cargo boat has not changed in 100
years? Make a list of your reasons. Why is boat travel so
important in the Amazon Basin? Discuss how this mode or
method of travel differs from the area in which you live.
- Why can't Iquitos be reached by automobile?
- Describe the natural resources found in the Amazon Basin. What
happened in the 1870's that changed Iquitos from a small jungle village
to a large city?
- Who were the Rubber Barons and why did they became so powerful and
wealthy? Discuss how powerful self-interest groups used their power, wealth, and
influence to "enslave" the people of the Amazon Basin.
Has this ever happened in the history of your country.
- Discuss the problems that are created yearly by the flooding of the
Amazon River. Where do the inhabitants go? How do they
live? What social, economic and cultural problems does this create
for them and for the government?
- Describe how the climate, weather, and ecosystem of your area is
different from that of the Amazon Basin.
- Discuss how policies and programs for use of the natural resources in
the Amazon Basin, including the trade-off between environmental and
economic growth, have affected the Basin.
- Why do you think only an approximate 5 percent of the population of
Peru lives in the Amazon Basin?
- Construct a physical or mental map of each of the three
major sections of Peru which shows its rivers, lakes, natural resources,
- Create a travel brochure for each of the three geographical sections
of Peru that would make people to want to visit each
- Make a population graph or map showing the diversity of the
population in each section.
- Divide the class into two groups and have each one choose one of the
two routes travelers could take from Iquitos to the capitol in
Lima. Have each groups research the advantages and disadvantages
of their chosen route. Each group will give a report to the class
using visual aids. Ask the class to vote on the route they think
is the better one and why. Each group will assume that it has
taken the trip of their choice and will keep a daily journal of
what they would do on such a trip, or write a newspaper article
- Draw a mural or construct miniatures of a dugout canoe and a cargo
- Make a list of the problems the inhabitants of the Basin might have
living in a city, especially a city as large as Lima.
- Discuss how modern technology could be used to solve some of the
problems faced by the people living in the Amazon Basin. How would
this technology affect the ecosystem and the culture of the people
living there? Make a list of the advantages and disadvantages.
|In addition to paper and pencil tests, teachers could use
individual or small group projects, oral reports, mental maps or
structured overviews for assessment.
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