Central America - Geography

Contributor: Jodi Powell. Lesson ID: 10753

There's no spot in Central America farther than 125 miles from the ocean. These seven countries make up a narrow isthmus that connects North and South America. Discover more here!



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Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
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Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
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Dig Deeper

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  • Do you know the name of the strip of land that connects North America and South America?

Central America, a region of North America consisting of seven countries, connects the two. Central America also neighbors the many islands of the Caribbean.

This largely Spanish-speaking region is rich in geography, history, and culture!

The narrow strip of land connecting North and South America is Central America.

Technically a part of North America, Central America consists of seven countries.

  • Belize
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • El Salvador
  • Nicaragua
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama

Listen to this catchy song to learn the names and locations of the countries in Central America.

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While reading through the following sources to learn more about Central America, record notes on the graphic organizer entitled Central America Notes found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

Copy down information into the six categories provided: People, Politics, Economics, Geography, History, and Definitions.

  1. Begin by reading about Central America and the Caribbean Geography.
  1. Next, explore this website about Central America. Be sure to watch the video and explore the interactive map near the bottom of the webpage.
  1. Discover more about Central America as you click through the six tabs on the left-hand side to read about its Peoples, Politics, Economics, Geography, History, and Definitions.
  1. Explore Central America Facts to learn things about Central America you may not have known.
  1. Finally, watch the video below to review general information about Central America.

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Now you know about Central America, the strip of land consisting of seven countries that connect North and South America.

  • Wait, what are those seven countries again?

Tell someone what you've learned!

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