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Showcase Countries Around the World

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.

PROCESS:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

ASSESSMENT:

After students have visited each table, invite them to share what they learned with the class. Encourage students to identify features in the displays that made them want to visit these countries in real life.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Instruct groups to include at least one picture and product in their display as well as a list of five interesting or important facts about the country they choose to investigate. Provide each student with a pre-made "passport."
Grades 5-6:
Instruct groups to include a map along with pictures, products and posters that relate interesting or important facts about the country they choose to investigate. Provide each student with a pre-made "passport."
Grades 7-8:
Instruct groups to include pictures, products and facts that relate political, physical and cultural characteristics of the country they choose to investigate. Have each student make his or her own "passport."
Grades 9-10:
Instruct groups to create a display with pictures, products and facts that relate political, physical and cultural characteristics of the country they choose to investigate. Encourage them to also create a brochure that will entice classmates to come and visit their country. Have each student make his or her own "passport."