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UAA 590 ASDSA 11 Lesson Plan #4

UAA History 590 ASDSA 11

Thomas Rushford

Jean Mitchell

Lesson Plan #4

Grade 3



            The students will understand one of the economic trade routes from the United States to the Caribbean Islands.  They will understand the need for items produced in one part of the world are needed in another.  This will develop an international trade route.



Materials Needed:

  1. Map of the World
  2. United States Map
  3. Book “Cocoa Ice” by Diana Appelbaum and Holly Meade
  4. Computer to show pictures of Maine, Santo Domingo, and schooners.



            We will first locate Maine and Santo Domingo on the maps.  The students will then discuss the different types of climate in the two locations.

            We will also use the computer to show what the two locations look like.  We will also show pictures of the types of schooners used in the story and at that time period of trade. 

            The students will read and discuss the story “Coco Ice.” It is the story of a girl’s life in Santo Domingo and Maine and how economic trade connected their lives. This story takes place in the late 1800’s.  It will also show how trade routes were very important to people who needed the goods from various parts of the world.  Schooners were used to move the goods from the two areas.

            On the island of Santo Domingo, the sun bakes the earth and steamy like a roasted plantain.  The story is told through the eyes of a little.  She talks about her family and how they live in the tropics.  The little girl’s family makes coco.  The story tells about the family’s involvement in making coco and marketing it.  The story describes how the family enjoys working cooperatively for a common goal.  They bring their product to town at the dock for the schooner that arrives from New England.

            In Maine, the winters are very cold.  The story describes life in Maine through the eyes of a little girl the same age as the one in Santo Domingo.  Rivers freeze thick and clear and ice is a crop that families depend on for their livelihood.  The story describes the steps in making and marketing ice to be transported to warm climates that do not produce ice. 

            The girl also makes a pine sachet for her friend in the land that is always summer.  The sailor in the story is the girl’s uncle who exchanges gifts to the girls and talks to them about each other.  The girl in Santo Domingo also gets ice to make iced coco.

             The story is presented with pictures of a tropical island of always summer and a New England village of very long winters is given in the voices of the two girls linked together by a sailor, a gift for imagining life in faraway places.

            The students will understand the importance of trade routes and how goods that are needed are transported from one area to the other.




            Students will label and draw the trade routes between Maine and Santo Domingo.  They will also discuss the importance of having these routes for obtain products that they want.  They will also compare and contrast the life styles, climates, and products of the two parts of the world.




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