4th Grade History Activity: The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal was created so that ships could pass between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean without having to travel around South America. Watch the animation below to learn the basics of how the canal works. While the animation is short, the canal is actually 44 miles long, but without it ships would need to travel 8000 miles.

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This activity is available in our American History B course

The second half of a detailed two-year survey of the history of the United States, this course takes students from the westward movement of the late 1800s to the present. Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Building on the award-winning series A History of US, the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America. Students examine the impact of the settlement of the American West; investigate the social, political, and economic changes that resulted from industrialization; explore the changing role of the U.S. in international affairs from the late 19th century through the end of the Cold War; and trace major events and trends in the United States from the Cold War through the first decade of the twenty-first century.

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