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Brazil: Maracas, Pele, & Beans and Rice

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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 9.

Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro

Want to know more about Brazil? Would you like to have fun while learning about the countries of the world? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I have provided everything you need to locate Brazil on a map, cook an ethnic meal, watch YouTube clips on Brazil, color the flag, create a Brazilian craft, read a book about Brazil, and more! This is part of a fun series of lessons covering world geography. You can find the links for all the countries at Around the World in 26 Letters.

Map showing Brazil's location

Map showing Brazil's location

Where is Brazil?

Locate Brazil on this map of South America. Use this map of Brazil to label the capitol, Brasilia. Mark other relevant features (rivers, mountains, famous locations, etc.) if desired. If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. You can easily find all this information on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil.

Sloths can be found in the rain forests of Brazil.

Sloths can be found in the rain forests of Brazil.

Fun facts about Brazil

Brazil is considered to have the greatest biodiversity of any country on Earth with the most known species of plants (55,000), freshwater fish (3000), and mammals (over 520).

The only soccer team in this world to have won the prestigious 'World Cup' 5 times is Brazil's soccer team. Brazil is also the birthplace of one of the best soccer players of this century, Pele.

It is common in the country to kiss women on both their cheeks while meeting them or taking their leave, in informal situations. Between men, handshaking is customary and normal European courtesies are followed.

The Amazon Rainforest, which is located in Brazil, is the world's largest rainforest and covers an area of 2.3 million square miles.

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Cook a Brazilian Meal

Prepare and serve Brazilian Lemonade (Limonada Suiça), Chicken, Black Beans, & Rice (Feijoada Com Arroz), and Brazilian Chocolate Candies (Brigadeiros).

Limonada Suiça

Limonada Suiça

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

5 min

10 min

3

Limonada Suiça

  • 2 washed limes cut into 8 wedges (or use Brazilian lemons if you can get them)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 7 ice cubes plus a few more for each glass when serving
  • additional lime wedges for garnish (if desired)

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender & blend on high for 20 seconds. Strain to remove peel if desired Pour it into a pitcher. Serve over crushed ice. If you would like to double this recipe, you can make additional batches. Do try doubling all the ingredients into the blender at one time. Serve a lime wedge on each glass if desired.
  2. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Brazilian Chicken, Black Beans, and Rice (Feijoada Com Arroz)

Brazilian Chicken, Black Beans, and Rice (Feijoada Com Arroz)

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 40

Serves: 4

Brazilian Chicken, Black Beans, and Rice (Feijoada Com Arroz)

  • 1 (8 ounce) package Mexican-style chicken rice pilaf mix (Zatarain's
  • Goya
  • or Vigo)
  • 1 (16 ounce) can rinsed and drained black beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 bunch chopped scallions or green onions
  • 1/4 cup diced black olives
  • 4 cups cooked diced chicken meat or ½ a roasting chicken
  • 1/2 a bunch of chopped fresh cilantro
  • Optional garnish: 1 sliced avocado (or prepared guacamole)
  • Optional garnish: salsa
  • Optional garnish: sour cream

Instructions

  1. Prepare the rice according to package instructions. Add the black beans, corn, scallions, olives, chicken and cilantro into the rice and toss to combine. Serve with optional garnishes on the side if desired. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Brazilian Chocolate Truffles (Brigadeiros)

Brazilian Chocolate Truffles (Brigadeiros)

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 25

Serves: 16

Brazilian Chocolate Truffles (Brigadeiros)

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • chocolate sprinkles or chopped nuts for rolling (we liked chopped nuts better)

Instructions

  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk, butter, cocoa power, and sugar in a a saucepan and boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. (Alternatively, you can microwave it for three 1 1/2 minute intervals, stirring between each interval.). Let mixture cool in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until it is able to be handled. Use to spoon to scoop out walnut-sized balls and roll them in chocolate sprinkles or chopped nuts. (Greasing your hands makes this easier.) We just dropped them on the plate of chopped nuts, flipped them over once, and then placed them on a seprate plate. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (This recipe came from food.com.)
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Make & Play Brazilian Maracas

To make Brazilian maracas paint 2 yogurt cups, their lids, and 2 craft sticks in bright colors. Let them dry. Fill the cups about half-way with uncooked rice, popcorn kernels or dried beans. Glue the lids to the cups using a hot glue gun. Use a sharp knife to make a slit in the lids and glue the sticks inside the lids. When the glue is dry, turn on some Brazilian music and play along with your maracas. Find more great activities on Brazil by going to www.ehow.com and www.easyfunschool.com.

Alternatively, you can just head outdoors and pretend to be Pele while you play soccer!

Our favorite factual children's book on Brazil

Our favorite Brazilian Folktale

Pray for the people of Brazil

To find out about the religious nature of Brazil and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to http://www.operationworld.org/country/braz/owtext.html .

Flag of Brazil

Flag of Brazil

Brazil's flag

Print and color the flag of Brazil and learn the history and meaning of it from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Brazil.

Visiting Brazil on YouTube: Brazil - National Geographic Traveler

Brazil is Calling You - Visit Brazil (Tourism Commercial)

Best of Pele

Rio de Janeiro in HD

The Animated History of Brazil

Where is Brasilia, the capital of Brazil?

Other countries starting with the letter B

Would you prefer to study a different country? Try one of these.

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

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Go to Around the World in 26 Letters to find links to all the countries we "visited." Each webpage features a menu, craft, books, video clips, worksheets, and more!

© 2011 Shannon

Comments, questions, or ideas? - Thank you for visiting! Please let me know you dropped by!

Shannon (author) from Florida on May 11, 2015:

Thank you!

Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on May 11, 2015:

Alright.

Shannon (author) from Florida on May 10, 2015:

It depends on where you'll be in Brazil. Some parts of Brazil would be safe while others would be much less safe.

Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on May 10, 2015:

Awesome. Voted up :)

I have a question - Is Brazil safe for a woman traveler ?