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Tour the Continents - Section 1 - North America
Lesson 1 -
Finding Our Place on the Earth
Lesson 2 -
The Hemispheres & Continents
Lesson 3 -
North America -Facts & Bodies of Water
Lesson 4 -
North America - Countries & Regions
Lesson 5 -
North America - Landforms - Mountains & Deserts
Lesson 6 -
North America - Landorms - Lakes, Rivers, & Ice Sheets
Lesson 7 -
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Lesson 8 -

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Tour the Continents with Professor Bananas - Lesson 1

Tour the Continents
Lesson 4 - North America - Countries & Regions


Last lesson, we began learning some basic facts about the size, posistion, and population of North America. We learned about the 4 major bodies of water surrounding the continent - Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic Oceans, and Caribbean Sea, as well as the 8 smaller bodies of water.
This lesson, we are going to start learning about the countries and regions of North America!

Let's take a look at the map below:


Countries and Regions

North America has 23 countries in it, but almost 80% of North America is taken up by just two, Canada and the United States of America. After that in size comes Mexico. Can you find these 3 countries on the map above?

North America also includes the largest island on Earth, Greenland. Greenland is not its own country, but is instead an autonomous territory of Denmark in Europe. An autonomous territory is different from a territory because it makes most of its own laws and rules, and has its own leaders and government, although it still has ties to the main country it is a territory of. We will learn more about that later. Can you find Greenland on the map of North America above?
You can see it is very close to the North Pole!

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North Ameria also has two regions, one called the Caribbean, which is all of the small island in the Caribbean Sea. The countries here are all islands, and include Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago... that is a lot of islands!

There are many small islands in the Carribean, such as Puerto Rico and the Cayman Islands, that are territories of other countries.
A territory is different from an autonomous territory (like Greenland) because it does not make most of it's own laws and rules, but folllows those of it's ruling country. It also follows the rulers, leaders, or government of it's ruling country.

See if you can find all of those little island countries on this close-up map of the Caribbean Region:


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The next region is Central America which includes the seven countries of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
Central America is the long, skinny piece of land at the bottom of Mexico that connects to the top of South America.
Here is a close-up of Central America, can you find all those countries on this map? What is the last country of North America to touch South America?
If you said Panama, you are correct!




What We Learned in This Lesson:

* North America is made up of 23 countries and many small territories.
* The countries of Canda and the United States take up about 80% of the land of North America.
* The other 20% is made up of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and Greenland.
* Central America and the Caribbean are two regions of North America. Each of these regions has several small countries in it.
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Downloads For Your Workbook:

Map1
Map2 - Download the maps, title Map 1"Countries of North America" and label the countries and regions of North America. Title Map 2 "Caribbean" and label at least the largeer countries, if not all countries.
Also, label the North Pole, Arctic Circle, and Tropic of Cancer. Fill in the fact area with the help of the information you just learned above.
You can use the map legend to help label the countries by using different colors and putting the map key in the legend.

Info Sheet - Answer the questions on the info sheet for your book, and put both papers into your Tour the Continents notebook.



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Central America is connnected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama. An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger areas of land.

 


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