Amazon Basin PDF


Amazon Basin is a geography unit about the countries of Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay in South America. Students also learn about languages around the world. This unit is for all ages from 6 to 18 to use together, family-style.


Amazon Basin is the sixth unit in the World Cultures geography course. Learn about the countries of Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay in South America and also about languages and how they contribute to and affect cultures.

Each World Cultures unit includes a skills lesson about aspects of human culture followed by a focus on a specific region of the world. By the time you complete the entire four year cycle of Layers of Learning Geography you will have covered the entire world and learned the skills and knowledge needed to analyze and understand maps, cultures, people, governments, and the planet all over the world.

This unit is a guide for the mentor to use in creating lessons and directing discussions and learning. It is not a textbook for the student.

This unit includes sections on:

  • Languages
  • Brazil
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay

This is an activity based curriculum. You pick activities to do as you read books and watch videos about the countries of the Amazon Basin. Here are some of the activities found in this unit:

  • Invent your own alphabet symbols
  • Make a big world map of how people say “hello” around the world
  • Make Carnaval masks and shakers
  • Learn about the flag of Brazil land put a mini one in your World Explorer Journal
  • Learn about and map the Gran Chaco region
  • Make pie charts of demographics of Paraguay
  • Locate landforms of Uruguay with latitude and longitude coordinates and put them on an illustrated map
  • Make yummy chivito sandwiches from Uruguay
  • And much more!

See Inside

This is double page spread of the inside of the Amazon Basin unit:

Amazon Basin Spread

Each Layers of Learning Geography unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. Learn more about how Layers of Learning works.


This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.

Amazon Basin is also part of the overall World Cultures course, the third Year of the four-year Layers of Learning Geography cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you though the geography of the world from continents and the physical planet in Year One, to mapping skills in Year Two, then to cultures in Year Three, and finally, to government and society in Year Four.  Every year is also a tour of the whole planet, making stops on every continent. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.

Amazon Basin Printable Pack


You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.

Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the World Cultures Resources page.


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