Exploring Cuba

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We would like to welcome you to our latest and most ambitious video … the beautiful and diverse country of Cuba! Our comprehensive video explores many of the fascinating aspects of this picturesque nation. Geography, politics, history, economy, culture, and natural history are many of the topics we explore, along with others. Don’t take it from us, have a look at our preview! We hope you’ll agree that our latest virtual field trip is all-encompassing and very engaging!

Video length: 25:20 minutes

Classroom Ideas 

Exploring Cuba

Greetings Around the World

Explore different ways to greet people across various cultures (bowing in Japan, saying hola in Cuba, etc.).

 

International Cuisine

Explore signature foods from various cultures such as French baguettes, Spanish rice from Barcelona, Cuban rice, beans, and plantains. 

 

Transportation Around the World

Compare/contrast various modes of transportation in different countries (Japanese subways vs. classic cars in Cuba)

 

Independence Day Around the World

Compare/contrast celebrations such as Bastille Day (France) and National Revolution Day (Cuba). Explore the similarities and differences between Independence Day traditions in America and other celebrations around the world. 

 

Exploring Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video. Example: What does the word bohio mean? Think about the meaning of this word as you watch this video about Cuba.

 

Country Report

Have students identify the following for Cuba: landforms, population, how it is similar to the United States, history (how it came to be), type of government, economy, architecture, famous sites, interesting facts, languages spoken, etc. 

Homes Around the World

Compare/contrast houses and other structures from various countries (bohios in Cuba, etc.)

 

Homes Around the World

Compare/contrast houses and other structures from various countries (bohios in Cuba, etc.)

 

What is Communism?

Explore the effects of communism in Cuba. Prompt students to make cause/effect connections and write about how communism changed life and culture in Cuba. 

 

Landforms and Bodies of Water

Identify the various landforms in Cuba.

Alternatively, identify and compare landforms and bodies of water around the world such as mountains and waterfalls in Cuba, or volcanos in the Galapagos Islands.

 

Mapping

Have students print out a map of Cuba and identify where the sites in the video are located.

Art

Draw a scene from the Cuban video you just watched.

Cuban Festivals

See if there are American festivals that celebrate the culture of Cuba.

Cuban Recipe(s)

Create a recipe for a dish seen in the video from Cuba (use fractions, measurements, + directions).

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Here are dozens and dozens of ideas that you can use in your classroom along with our videos!

Topics Covered In This Video

Fun facts about Cuba

Location & climate

Geography of the island

History of Cuba

Cuban Revolution

Cuban Missile Crisis

Definition of Communism

Havana’s famous sites

Vintage cars

Santiago de Cuba

Trinidad

Santa Clara

People of Cuba

Cuban celebrations

Economy of Cuba

Imports & exports

Flora & fauna

Cuban cuisine

Cuban sports & hobbies

Ernest Hemingway in Cuba

Learning Resources with this Video

Quiz (PDF)

Online Quiz (coming soon)

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Script (English)

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Script (Spanish)

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