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Honduras: Mayans, Weaving, & Bananas: A Hands-on Lesson Plan for Children

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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.

Image credit: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/honduras-guide/

Image credit: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/honduras-guide/

Do you want to know more about Honduras? Are you a lover of travel, geography teacher, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate Honduras on a map, cook a Honduran meal, watch YouTube clips on Honduras, color the flag, create a Honduran craft, read a great book about Honduras, and more!

Map showing Honduras

Map showing Honduras

Where is Honduras?

Locate Honduras on this map of North America. Use this map of Honduras to label the capitol, Tegucigalpa/Tegus. 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 at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honduras.

The Cathedral of Comayagua

The Cathedral of Comayagua

Fun Facts About Honduras

  • Honduras is also known as the Banana Republic because it grows and exports a large amount of bananas. The term "Banana Republic" was first applied to Honduras by the American writer O. Henry.
  • In Yoro there is the phenomenon of fish rain (lluvia de peces). Fish literally fall from the sky!
  • The cathedral in Comayagua has the oldest clock in the Americas.
  • Trujillo is believed to be the place where the first Mass was celebrated in the Americas.
  • In addition to receiving gifts at Christmas, children also receive gifts on September 10, The Day of the Honduran Child.
  • With the amount of coral reefs that are in the Bay Islands, Honduras is the second country in the world with the most coral reefs. Australia is the only country with more.

Info Credit

Flag of Honduras

Flag of Honduras

Honduras' Flag

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

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Make a Honduran Meal

Prepare and eat:

  • Honduras-Style Tilapia
  • Cole slaw salad (shredded cabbage, a few slices of carrots, & a light oil/vinegar/sugar dressing)
  • Corn tortillas purchased from the store (or make your own)
  • Baked "fried" plantains
  • Coke and/or coffee (preferably Honduran)

(If desired, also serve banana slices. While bananas wouldn't normally be served with a meal like this, Honduras is a major exporter of bananas.)

Honduras-Style Tilapia

Honduras-Style Tilapia

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

10 min

30 min

4-6

Honduras-Style Tilapia

  • 1 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 lbs tilapia fillets
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour (or bread crumbs)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all dry spices. Sprinkle seasonings evenly over both sides of tilapia fillets. (This can be done hours before you are ready to cook the fillets).
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and sauté garlic and onions until just tender. In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs.
  3. In another shallow bowl, season the flour (or bread crumbs) to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Working with only a few pieces at a time, dip seasoned fillets in flour, then in beaten eggs, then again in flour. Sauté the fillets in the seasoned oil for 2 minutes on each side, adding more oil if needed. Remove to a plate to keep warm and repeat the process until all fillets are cooked. Serve immediately. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Baked "Fried" Plantains (Platanos Tajaditas)

Baked "Fried" Plantains (Platanos Tajaditas)

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5 min

15 min

20 min

4

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Baked "Fried" Plantains (Platanos Tajaditas)

  • 4 plantains (as ripe as you can get them)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Coat a nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray. Cut the ends off of the plantains and peel them. Cut each plantain on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices. Arrange in single layer and coat tops with cooking spray. Bake, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, until plantains are golden brown and very tender. (This recipe came from food.com.)
A Maya stela, an emblematic symbol of the Honduran Mayan civilization at Copan

A Maya stela, an emblematic symbol of the Honduran Mayan civilization at Copan

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Mayan "Weaved" Shirt

Make a Mayan “weaved” shirt from a pillowcase by following these directions from craftsforkids.com.

Find more great activity ideas at ehow.com.

Our Two Favorite Children's Picture Books About Honduras

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Pray for the people of Honduras

To find out about the religious nature of Honduras and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to operationworld.org.

Visiting Honduras on YouTube (We usually watch the videos at 1.5 speed.)

Where is Tegucigalpa/Tegus, the capital of Honduras?

Other countries starting with the letter H

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

Haiti

Hong Kong

Hungary

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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

What first comes to mind when you think of Honduras? - Or please leave a note to let me know you dropped by! Thank you for visiting!

Shannon (author) from Florida on April 25, 2013:

@Margot_C: Thank you!

Margot_C on April 25, 2013:

That tilapia recipe sounds terrific! Thanks for sharing such great info about Honduras. I liked the suggestion of paying a "virtual" visit to the country - great idea for those of us who aren't in a position to travel much.

Shannon (author) from Florida on November 28, 2012:

@Spectresoft: Thank you!

Spectresoft on November 28, 2012:

I love the Honduras. The Mayan culture is one of my favorites, I love to visit their ruins in that area and Mexico. Great lens!

Shannon (author) from Florida on September 23, 2012:

@limited279: Yes, they certainly were!

limited279 on September 23, 2012:

I think the Mayans were every bit as interesting as the Aztec's!

randomthings lm on April 13, 2012:

LOVE Honduras. Thanks for the great information.

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