Saturday, 7 March 2015

Brazil Unit Study

We have thoroughly enjoyed another virtual trip to the other side of the world! For the last four weeks we have been studying Brazil and various themes connected to it. The children started by locating Brazil on our map of the world, discovered its capital city and made its flag.
We got out a big pile of books from the library on the subject of Brazil and read them together. In them we found out lots of information about the different sights and landmarks and after this the children stuck pictures of the different tourist attractions on a map of Brazil. We "visited" the landmarks on our Google Earth app! Using tissue paper, the children collaged flags of Brazil and found out what the different colours and symbols represent.
Nathanael did some writing on Brazil's tourist attractions.
We found out about the foods they eat in Brazil and had fun making and eating Brigadeiro, a chocolate sweet like a truffle.  
The children wrote simple sentences about the weather in Brazil
and drew pictures of Samba dancers and percussion players. We watched some videos of Samba and tried to dance the box step!
One of our favourite parts of the project was finding out about the Rainforest. We started by making some rainforest jigsaws.
We discovered the different layers of the rainforest and the creatures that live in them.
We were amazed at all the different animals that live in the rainforest, some of which we had never heard of before. We watched various YouTube videos about them.
The children were especially interested in all the beautiful varieties of birds, so vastly different and unique. We decided to design our own birds to live in the rainforest!
 We looked at some of Henri Rousseau's jungle paintings and the children created their own rainforest artwork in his style using oil pastels.
The children were interested to find out that chocolate and rubber come from the rainforest! After watching this video on how chocolate is made they made a flow chart, documenting the process. They then thought of all the different things that were made of rubber after watching this video on how rubber is made.

As a writing activity the children pretended they were rainforest guides and used what they had found out to describe to visitors what they might see, hear and experience in the rainforest. They also wrote acrostic poems using the word Brazil.

 For other ideas on things to do for Brazil, here is the link to my pinterest board.

1 comment:

  1. I've just pinned this as we are hoping to do some country studies next year and Brazil is on the agenda.