Exploring Cuba - Closed Captioned
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Welcome to 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!
Video length: 25:20 minutes
Learning Resources with this Video*
Quizzes – PDF & Online
Exploring Cuba – Match-Up
Exploring Cuba: Video Breakdown
Control in Cuba: Cause and Effect
Draw A Scene: Exploring Cuba
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Greetings Around the World
Explore different ways to greet people across various cultures (bowing in Japan, saying hola in Cuba, etc.).
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Have students print out a map of Cuba and identify where the sites in the video are located.
Draw a scene from the Cuban video you just watched.
See if there are American festivals that celebrate the culture of Cuba.
Create a recipe for a dish seen in the video from Cuba (use fractions, measurements, + directions).
Classroom Ideas for ALL Videos
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 Missile Crisis
Definition of Communism
Havana’s famous sites
Santiago de Cuba
People of Cuba
Economy of Cuba
Imports & exports
Flora & fauna
Cuban sports & hobbies
Ernest Hemingway in Cuba