Central America Physical Geography

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Central America Physical Geography

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  1. How Hot is Central America?

    Slide 1 - How Hot is Central America?

  2. Essential Question(s): What is the location, place, and physical geography of Central America?

    Slide 2 - Essential Question(s): What is the location, place, and physical geography of Central America?

    • By the end of the lesson, you should be able to describe the physical geography and location of Central America.
    • State Standards:
    • 7.1 Basic Geographic Literacy
    • 7.2 The Physical Characteristics of Places and Regions
    • Lesson Objectives
  3. Central America is NOT a Continent

    Slide 3 - Central America is NOT a Continent

  4. Central America – Quick Facts

    Slide 4 - Central America – Quick Facts

    • Population = 43,300,000
    • Size = 202,000 sq. mi.
    • Guatemala is the largest country in the region
    • Central America is not a continent
  5. Physical Geography

    Slide 5 - Physical Geography

    • Isthmus
    • Mountainous
    • Coastal – low grasslands
    • 125 miles between Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea
    • Travel is difficult
  6. Physical Geography

    Slide 6 - Physical Geography

  7. Political Geography

    Slide 7 - Political Geography

    • Unlike North America, Central America is not a continent.
    • 7 countries
    • Guatemala
    • Nicaragua
    • Beliza
    • El Salvador
    • Panama
    • Honduras
    • Costa Rica
  8. Man-made waterway

    Slide 8 - Man-made waterway

    • Runs across the isthmus of Panama
    • Shortens travel between Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
    • Panama Canal
  9. Central America is between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator

    Slide 9 - Central America is between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator

    • Warm temperatures year round
    • Climate in mountainous area can range greatly
    • Climate
  10. The Panama Canal makes travel between what 2 waterways easier?

    Slide 10 - The Panama Canal makes travel between what 2 waterways easier?

    • Pacific Ocean and Arctic Ocean
    • Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean
    • Pacific Ocean and Amazon River
    • Quick Check
  11. The Panama Canal makes travel between what 2 waterways easier?

    Slide 11 - The Panama Canal makes travel between what 2 waterways easier?

    • Pacific Ocean and Arctic Ocean
    • Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean
    • Pacific Ocean and Amazon River
    • Quick Check
  12. What is a narrow strip of land, with water on both sides, that links two larger areas?

    Slide 12 - What is a narrow strip of land, with water on both sides, that links two larger areas?

    • Archipelago
    • Isthmus
    • Peninsula
    • Quick Check
  13. What is a narrow strip of land, with water on both sides, that links two larger areas?

    Slide 13 - What is a narrow strip of land, with water on both sides, that links two larger areas?

    • Archipelago
    • Isthmus
    • Peninsula
    • Quick Check
  14. Essential Question(s): What is the location, place, and physical geography of Central America?

    Slide 14 - Essential Question(s): What is the location, place, and physical geography of Central America?

    • By the end of the lesson, you should be able to describe the physical geography and location of Central America.
    • State Standards:
    • 7.1 Basic Geographic Literacy
    • 7.2 The Physical Characteristics of Places and Regions
    • Review Objectives
  15. Next Lesson PreviewIsland Tour

    Slide 15 - Next Lesson PreviewIsland Tour

    • Next lesson, we will take an Island Tour and explore the physical geography of the Caribbean!