Discover Mexico's Secrets
Subject: Social Sciences
Grade: 3-5, 6-8
Students follow CIA procedures to discover Mexico's secrets and then write reports about their findings.
Students explore the geography, history, society, economy, and government of Mexico.
Mexico, geography, history, society, economy, government, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
- Share with students the CIA Intelligence Cycle: Who We Are and What We Do. Discuss the five steps agents follow to gather and present information.
- Discuss with students the roles of the four teams described at Intelligence Cycle: What We Do and How We Do It.
- Organize students into teams of four, and assign each team an aspect of life in Mexico to investigate, such as the geography, history, society, economy, or government.
- Explain that one student on each team will fulfill one of the following roles: Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Science and Technology, Directorate of Intelligence, and Directorate of Administration. As they carry out their roles, students will be expected to follow and/or document each of the five steps in the CIA's investigative process. Encourage students to include charts and graphs as well as text in their final reports.
- Have each team's Directorate of Administration present its report to the class.
Evaluate students on the content, appearance, and presentation of their reports as well as on their group participation.
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