Monday, March 21, 2011

Geographica: Central America and the Caribbean

     This home is ringing with the sound of geography questions, asked and answered.  We're Googling pronunciations for strange place names, and seeing country shapes in clouds.  We're on the countdown to the State Bee, and one of us is so excited she's giddy.  Or is that stress?  Either way, it's fun.  Here's the quiz for today:

1.  On the Island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles, are what two large countries?
2.  Dragon's Mouth Strait and the Gulf of Paria separate Trinidad and Tobago from what South American country?
3.  The Motagua River flows into the Gulf of Honduras in what country that also has the Mayan ruin of Tikal?
4.  Name the island country that does not belong and explain why:  Turks and Caicos Island, Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, and Grenada.
5.  Andras Island, New Providence Island, Long Island and Great Inagua Island all belong to what island country?

Here's your bonus spelling lesson for today, I looked this up, just to be sure.  Straight  is a word for a straight line, as in not curved.  Strait is the geographical term.  As with most other English homophones, it's just meant to confuse, both students and spell-check, right?  And the answers:

1.  Haiti and Dominican Republic
2.  Venezuela
3.  Guatemala
4.  Turks and Caicos Island does not belong because it is not in the Lesser Antilles.
5.  Bahamas

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