K-12 Resources

Central America Trunk

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame offers the Traveling Trunks of Africa, Asia and Latin America free of charge to educators in the Michiana area. These treasure chests of engaging materials from around the world help students learn about the diverse cultures of these regions through hands-on activities. Each trunk comes with a curriculum guide, books, music CDs, instruments and cultural items.

To check availability of this trunk, click here.
To complete this trunk’s request form, click here. 
No reservations being taken at this time.


The e-binder is a CD that has lesson ideas for every item in the trunk, in addition to links for general information about Mexico. There are PDF versions of most of the lesson plans, so it can be used even without internet access.

Books & Teaching Resources

Central America: Geography Capsule
Central America: A Natural and Cultural History
Costa Rica in Focus
Cultures of the World: Guatemala
by Sheehan, Sean
Dropping in on Costa Rica by Mortiz, Patricia
First Thousand Words in Spanish (paperback)
Guatemala by Lonely Planet
Hairs / Pelitos by Cisneros, Sandra
Hands-on Culture of Mexico and Central America
I Decide, One Day, To Make Some Tamalitos: A Cultural Story for Children
The Long Road
by Garay, Luis
Mama and Papa Have a Store by Carling, Amelia Lau
Magic Moments/Momentos Magicos by Olga Loya
Mexico and Central America: A Fiesta of Cultura, Crafts, and Activities for Ages 8-12
by Lonely Planet
Sawdust Carpets by Carling, Amelia Lau
A True Book: Panama by Rau, Dana Meachen
Zipitio by Argueta, Jorge and Calderon, Gloria

Musical Instruments

  • Blackbird Whistle 
  • Colorful Bird Ocarina
  • Donkey Call
  • Gourd Rattle  
  • Marimba with 2 sticks
  • Maracas (2)

Cultural Items

Borucan Change Purses (2)
Chocolate Wrapper
Coffee Wrapper
Costa Rican Saddle
Decorative Dolls (2) (Guatemala)
Decorative Oxcart (Costa Rica) - broken
Flags of each country (6) (some damage)
Hats (2) Guatemalan  
Mask Painted
Money (Guatemalan): 5 and 10 Quetzales bills, 50 centavos, 10 centavos
Money (Costa Rican): 1000 colón bill, 5,10,25,50,100, and 500 coins
Pinol Gourd (Nicaragua)-3 pieces
Playing Cards - Guatemala en Fotos
Pottery (Nicaragua)
Problem Dolls (1 large and 7 small) (Guatemala)
Shirt (Nicaragua)
Statue of La Negrita
Tapir Figurine
Textile sample (2) (Guatemala)
Tortilla Cloth (Guatemala)
Toucan Figurine
Turtle Pendant

CDs, DVDs,  and Audio Cassettes

Maya K'ekchi' Strings
Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero DVD
Music From Guatemala 1
Music From Honduras 2
Rabbit Tales/ Los Cuentos de Tio Conejo
The Rough Guide to Central America
Under the Mango Tree

Maps & Posters

Americas map
Central America Map
Honduras Dive Map and Reef Creatures Guide


Please make reservations at least one week before your requested pick-up to allow us time to inventory and prepare the trunk. 

It is our goal to have as many trunks in circulation as possible. Trunks may be borrowed for up to one month. Please borrow only for the amount of time you need the trunk so other educators have as much access to the trunk as possible.


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