South America


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“South America”
World Book Student

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South America
– _______ largest continent in area
– ____ % of the world’s land area
– ____ % of the world’s population
– ____ independent countries
– world’s largest _____________ rain forest
– the rain forest contains _____ % of the world plant and animal species
– the __________ Desert is one of the driest places in the world
– rolling _______________ cover Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela

The Land

– northern 3/4 of continent in the __________
– southern tip is only 970 km from ________________
– _____________ Sea to the north
– ____________ Ocean to the east
– __________ Passage to the south
– ___________ Ocean to the west
– the country of _________________ borders the Isthmus of Panama

The Andes Mountains
– ____________ km long
– ___________ mountain range in South America
– ____________ second highest mountain range in the world
– Mt. ________________ is the highest mountain in the western hemisphere,
which means that it is higher than any mountain in North America
– contain valuable minerals: _________ , _________ , __________
– rich soil on slopes is good for growing __________________
– valleys and plateaus good for growing crops: _________, ___________

The Amazon River
– holds ________ fifth of all the world’s fresh river water
– ______________ longest river in the world

Lake Titicaca

– highest ____________ lake in the world which means that is the highest
lake in the world on which boats can travel
– the waters of the lake _______ the air so crops grow there that normally
couldn’t grow at such a high altitude

Waterfalls
– _________ Falls in ______________ is the highest waterfall in the world
– the water drops ______________ metres, almost a full kilometre!

Climate
– __________ and __________ are two of the driest places on earth
– a port city in ________ receives less than one millimetre of rain per _____

Animals
– in the Amazon River Basin lives the world’s largest rodent: ____________,
which grows over ______ metre long!
– the ________________ snake grows up to _________ metres long!
– the __________ pig was domesticated in South America

Plants
– in the Amazon rain forest grow over ____________ kinds of trees
– some of the trees have such tense wood that it won’t even _________
– some of the useful plants include __________________________
– ____________ and ________ grow in S.A. but were brought from
other continents

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“South America”
World Book Kids

1. Skim the article to find the answers as quickly as you can.
2. Don’t forget to use the headings to help you search.
3. Copy the notes below, filling in the answers as you go along.

South America
– ___________ largest continent in land area
– covers _____ – eighth of the world’s land area
– ______ largest continent in population
– _____ countries in South America
– includes the world’s largest ___________ rain forest
– includes one of the driest places on earth:
the ____________ Desert in _________
– includes the long ____________ Mountain range
– includes _______________ with low hills
– includes one of the largest snakes in the world: the ______________
– includes many other animals:
giant ______________
a_______________
s__________
m______________
– farmers grow all sorts of crops:
b_____________
c__________ used to make chocolate
c__________ beans
s________ cane
– miners dig for many minerals:
c____________
g_________
i______________
l______________
– people have lived in South America for more than _________ years
– Europeans first began to rule the continent in the _______________

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