Working as a group, students will pick one country and conduct research to learn more about it. They will create a tabletop display filled with pictures, products and facts that represent their country. Then students will tour the tables, getting a stamp in their passports as they visit each country.
- As a class, brainstorm a list of political, physical and cultural characteristics that are typically used to describe a country. This list might include things like size, capital, leaders, population, tallest landform, tallest building, languages spoken, main ethnic groups, favorite foods or even famous people in the country's history.
- Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to pick one country to investigate. Using the class list as a base, have students pick the topics they think are the most interesting or most important for people visiting their country to know.
- Give students time to conduct research to learn more about their countries. Then provide each group with a table. Encourage them to create a display of pictures, facts and products that best represent their country.
- Rejoin as a class. Discuss what a passport is and the type of information it contains. Point out that when people visit a country, they receive a stamp in their passport.
- Provide each student with a "passport" or have students make one of their own. Then invite students to visit each table to learn about the different countries. Provide each table with a unique ink stamp. Have presenters stamp their classmates' passports after each visit.