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We usually start the year by studying maps and orienteering and/or geocaching, then we delve into the world of Latin America and end the year by studying Canada. Halloween and the días de los muertos happen during our study of Latin America so we will study and compare them, culminating in a días de los muertos simulation celebration on Nov 1 or 2.
To study Latin America, we will start by studying the following ancient mesoamerican cultures, the Aztecs, the Maya, and the Inca. Then we will look at our southern neighbors a little more closely culminating in our grand Latin American Market Day celebration! Parents are invited to join us for Market Day which will take place sometime in December. We will also study Canada in preparation for our visit to Victoria in late May or early June. We will learn about early Canada as well and celebrate with a Trading Post day (much like Market Day).
The following links are to resources I have used in the past. How many we use this year will be determined by the class.