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  1. 1. ESLP 4100 Inquiry Research by Ramona Atkins and Jessica Forgety
  2. 2. Krebs, Laurie. (2006). Off We Go to Mexico!An Adventure in the Sun. Cambridge, MA.Barefoot Books, Inc.Off We Go to Mexico! is a children’s book that briefly exploresplaces that might be interesting to visit in Mexico. The pagesare full of brightly colored pictures showcasing the traditionsand history. At the end of the book is a brief history ofMexico, a map of Mexico, a facts page of Mexico today, andseveral Spanish phrases with English translations.
  3. 3. Inform knowledge: Our research gave us deeper insight into whatMexican culture was like in the past and what it is today. We arenow more informed about Mexico and can see how this country ismaking progress in modern technology, education, and efficienttransportation. We gained knowledge on how a republicgovernment controls most of the decisions in education and howit still favors the wealthy. We learned about the ancientpreservation of the pyramids and how South America was firstpopulated. It helped us to see the importance of culture andheritage and how it affects the choices we make today and whatwe will do tomorrow.Culture: Mexico’s culture reflects the traditional past and is acombination of native tribe, Spanish, German, and Frenchinfluences. We chose to learn more about Mexico’s presentgovernment and education system. We also researched Mexico’stransportation system, popular fiestas, and ancient pyramids.
  4. 4. Why we want to learn about Mexican culture . . .We want to learn about Mexico’s culture because we are a partof a global society. Within our region of the United States, theHispanic population is growing rapidly. We must know thehistory, and customs of our potential students in order to beeffective teachers. Click the picture above to see a video on places you might see if you were to visit Mexico.
  5. 5. What is themain means of What is the Does Mexico average sizetransportation require all of a Mexicanfor the children to family?majority of attend school?Mexicans?Is Mexico’sgovernmentsimilar to theUnited Statesgovernment? What is a Mexican Fiesta? Are there still pyramids in Mexico?
  8. 8. Reading about itsculture in Off WeGo to Mexico! AnAdventure in theSun by LaurieKrebs. Exploring an Encyclopedia like CultureGrams
  9. 9. What is the main The Metro subway transports over 8means of million passengers daily. The microbustransportation for the or minibus transports people from themajority of Mexicans? secondary roads to the Metro. Very few own their own cars. (Krebs, 2006)? Yes. Compulsory Basic education is requiredDoes Mexico require for grades 1 – 9 or for the ages 6 -15. The Does Mexico require allall children to attend government decides on the entireschool?children to attend school? curriculum. Only 37% of the children will graduate high school. All children must wear a school uniform. (Krebs, 2006)
  10. 10. Mexican families typically What is the average size include three children or more. of a Mexican family? A household will often include aunts, uncles, parents, and grandparents. Mexican people hold their family members of high importance and take respect and responsibility for Is Mexico’s government similar to the them seriously. (Brigam Young United States government? University, 2010)What is Mexico’s Government Mexico is a federal republic. Itlike? has 31 states and one federal district. They have a president that leads the country. He can only lead one six-year term. Voting is considered a duty, but it is not enforced. (Brigam Young University, 2010)
  11. 11. Mexican fiestas are festivals full of dancing,What is a Mexican music, and mariachi bands. Similar to afiesta? parade in the United States, dancers will stroll down the streets in full traditional Mexican bright colored dresses. There is plenty of good food. Three of the most popular celebrations or fiestas are Semana Santa, Guelaguetza, and Dia de la Independencia. (Krebs, 2006) Traditional Dance
  12. 12. Yes, there are still pyramids inAre there still pyramids in Mexico. The Aztecs andMexico? Mayans built the pyramids. The Aztec civilization was advanced. They had a government, business, and agriculture. Many of today’s Mexican citizens are decedents of the Aztecs. The pyramids were built as government centers and places of worship. There are many pyramids that you can visit if you go to Mexico. (Amanda Belzer)
  13. 13. This pyramid is called Palenque, and is Mayan. It is reminiscent of the structure of Asian pyramids. pyramid is called ElCastillo , which means castlein Spanish. It has 365 steps. Itis Mayan, and the Mayan’s arecredited for our moderncalendar and time system. .html This pyramid is called Avenue of the Dead. It was created by the Toltec people. It was one of the largest cities in the world.
  14. 14. •What kind of dancing would I find in Mexico?•What languages do most Mexicans speak?•What do people from Mexico prefer to becalled?•What kind of food does the typical familyeat?•What kind of economic disparity is there inMexico?
  15. 15.  Amanda Belzer, K. C. (n.d.). Native Webs. Retrieved 2010 8-Febuary from Welcome to The Pyramids of Mexico: chichenitza.html Brigam Young University. (2010). CultureGrams World Edition (Vol. 1). Provo, Utah, United States: ProQuest LLC. Krebs, L. (2006). Off We Go to Mexico. Cambridge, MA, United States: Barefoot Books.
  16. 16. Allison. Missionary. (n.d.) “ Education in Mexico.” Mexican school children. [image]. Retrieved Feb. 2, 2012 from: Sidra Media LLC. Photographer. (2011). “Drug Cartel, Mexico.” Mexican government palace. [image]. Retrieved Feb. 3,2012 from:, Amanda. Publisher. (n.d.). “Palenque.” “Chichenitza.”.“Teotihuacan.” Pyramids. [images]. Retrieved Feb. 9, 2012 from:, Kerry. Photographer. (2007). “Mexican Bus Stop.” Bus stop. [image]. Retrieved Feb. 2, 2012 from:, Vishal. Photographer. (2009). “Minibus.” Mexican transportion. [image]. Retrieved Feb. 2, 2012 from:, Travis. Blogger. (2007). “Mexican Family.” Mexican family generations. [image]. Retrieved Feb. 2,2012 from:, Kristen. Travel Guide. (2012). “Mariachi at a Mexican Fiesta.” Mexican entertainers. [image]. Retrieved Feb. 3, 2012 from: Photos/Mexican-Fiesta-Mariachi.htmMartinez, Zarela. Chef. (2012). “Fiestas and why Mexicans Love to Party.” Mexican paraders. [image]. Retrieved Feb. 3, 2012 from: map. [image]. Retrieved Feb. 3, 2101 from:“National Geographic.” (2007). [image]. Retrieved Feb. 4, 2012 from:, Laura. President and Artistic Director. (2005). “Jalisco.” Mexican dancers. [image]. Retrieved Feb. 3, 2012 from: Author. (2010). “It’s Just a Simple Life.” Mexican welcome. [image]. Retrieved Feb. 2, 2012 from: