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Guatemala Lapbook Information

Official Name: Republic of Guatemala

Size: 42,043 square miles

Capital: Guatemala City
There are four visible volcanoes from Guatemala City, two of which are active.

Official Language: Spanish
Other languages are represented as well, including 21 Mayan languages! Mam is one of these languages.

Here are the numbers 1-10 in Mam:

One: jun
Two: ka b’a
Three: oxa
Four: chaja
Five: jwe
Six: qaq
Seven: wuq
Eight: wajxaq
Nine: b’ eljaj
Ten: laj

Agricultural Products:
Guatemala produces: sugarcane, coffee, cotton, bananas, corn, beans, rice, wheat, and other fruits and vegetables.

Currency: Quetzal

Climate: Costa Rica includes mountains and beaches and experiences diverse climates, depending on the elevation at the place in the country.

Population: For current information, use this website: Population of Countries.

Comparing Times: To compare the time in the capital city to the time where you live, use this website: The World Clock.

Sight Seeing Guide: Your student will need to research the places in order to complete the mini-book.

Basic Geography
Countries bordering Guatemala: Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador.

The highest point in Guatemala is Volcán Tajumulco at 13,786 feet.

The longest river in Guatemala is the Motagua River at 302 miles long.

National Bird: Quetzal
The resplendent quetzal is one of the world’s most beautiful birds. Its body is 15-16 inches long and its tail is an amazing 24 inches long. It weighs 7-8 ounces.

It has an omnivorous diet, and it eats fruit, insects, and lizards.

Worry Dolls: In some parts of Guatemala, children make Quita Pena or worry dolls. Children tell the dolls their worries at night and put them under their pillows. In the morning, it is said that dolls have taken the worries.

Try this worry doll craft.

Make a Salt Dough Map: Add to your Guatemala study by making a salt dough map of Guatemala.

National Geographic Site: National Geographic has an amazing Guatemala site for your student to explore.

How to Get Started with Your Guatemala Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Guatemala Lapbook.

  1. If you want, go to your local library and check out books about Guatemala.
  2. Print the Guatemala Lapbook.
  3. Choose and prepare the lapbook mini-books you want to use with your student.
  4. Enjoy a week of reading and learning all about Guatemala.

Download Your Guatemala Lapbook

Simply click on the image below to access your free Guatemala Lapbook.

Guatemala Lapbook

Explore Our Central America Resources

Abuela’s Weave is a great story, and we have a unit study for this book. Pair it with your Guatemala lapbook.

Abuela’s Weave Unit Study

If your student wants to study other Central American countries, try these country lapbook studies:

Mexico Lapbook
Costa Rica Lapbook