These countries are tiny islands in the vast Pacific and probably won’t be easy to see in your student atlas. Look at American Samoa and Samoa on Google Maps.
Find photos, read about the history, read about the geography, learn about the type of government each country has and do some cultural crafts.
Make a Paper Lei (not just for Hawaiians)
- American Samoa was governed by American Naval officers, then the state department. Today they are independent, electing their own officials, but still exist under the umbrella of American government. What other territories does the United States claim?
- Most Samoans are Christian. How and when did they adopt this religion?
- On your map make arrows pointing to different nearby islands, land masses, countries, and cities. Write the distance to each of thees places: New Zealand, Hawaii, Philippines, San Francisco, your hometown, and any others you’d like. Talk about distance and see how it is represented on a map.
- Architecture in Samoa is vastly different from Norwegian architecture. How does where humans live affect the types of buildings they build?