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Identifying, Mapping, and Personifying Countries Involved in WWII
Get artsy with this WWII group activity, starting with a whole-class assignment. Create a map of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Pacific using geometric shapes cut from construction paper and placed on the floor. Consider splitting the class into 3 groups to ensure participation. After using the map to review country relationships, groups role play and personify various countries, sharing their feelings in first person. Finally, review which countries are allies.
Countries Involved in World War II
Learners create their own floor map of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Pacific. They locate, identify, and speak for one of the countries involved. In addition, they classify the country they represent as an Axis Power or as an Allied Power.
Small European Countries
Middle schoolers examine the advantages and disadvantages of being a very small European country in today's world. They locate each country on a map using the coordinates, discuss the governments of each country, and develop a list of advantages and disadvantages.
East Asia Country Project
Get your young historians thinking about East Asian culture and history during this partner research project, in which they analyze a variety of East Asian aspects to prepare for a presentation. After an initial "what do we already know" discussion, partners are assigned a country in the region and given a handout to guide their research (included). They focus on six areas: history, geography, culture, government, economy, and points of interest. Partners present a poster to the class.
The Countries of Latin America
Fifth graders study the geography, culture, government and economy of Latin American countries. They work in groups to fill out a profile describing their Latin American country. They listen to a reading of Latin American folktales and relate it to their country. They prepare a ten-minute presentation about their country.
Countries of Africa
Young scholars investigate the different countries of Africa. In this African geography lesson, students choose an African country to investigate and construct the country's flag. Young scholars use a map of Africa to color in their country.
Foods of African Countries
Third graders research an African country and a particular food from that country.In this African foods lesson, 3rd graders locate their countries on the map and put their food and a definition of what it is on the map. Students understand that different terrains are more likely to have particular foods.
Changing the Different Currency of Different Countries
Students change the money used in different countries into our currency. In this algebra instructional activity, students rewrite word problems using variables and inequalities. They label each unknown with a letter and identify the steps needed to solve the equation.
Countries w/ Biggest Armies Quiz
In this online interactive military quiz learning exercise, students examine the chart that includes details about the number of troops in 20 countries. Students identify the names of the countries in 4 minutes.
Young scholars investigate the customs and culture of French-speaking countries. For this geography skills lesson, students research selected nations to learn about the culture, industries, lifestyles, and foods that are eaten there. Young scholars create PowerPoint presentations that feature their findings.
Countries on the Internet
Students discover interesting and factual information about another country using the Internet and produce a flyer consisting of the information they find.
City Life and Country Life
Students answer the questions: What I know about living in the city and living in the country? students compare/contrast life in the city and life in the country.
A Country Far Away
First graders compile questions they want to explore other people. Given the information shared by the guest speaker, 1st graders become familiar with customs from another culture and recall what they learned about another country and write about it.
Asia Country: Tic Tac Toe
Enhance your geography class's knowledge of the countries on the Asian continent with this research lesson. Individuals or groups use books, the library, and the Internet to research one Asian country of their choice. Handouts and worksheet are included. Extend the lesson to feature presentations or a research paper.
Sixth graders research specific characteristics of a country. They create a travel brochure with graphics. They share interesting information in an oral report incorporating a visual aid.
Country Clues Create Curious Kids
Students work together and discover facts about foreign countries. They complete research using English language resources and play games in foreign languages to develop foreign language speaking skills. They study information about a specific country.
A Country Recovering from Crisis--Kenya
High schoolers explore Kenya. In this Kenya lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding the political and economic issues the country is facing. High schoolers compare life in Kenya to life in the United States.
Computer Activities: Countries of the World
Students research a country. In this research and computers lesson, students select a country and research various aspects about it including the capital city, the flag and fun facts. Students create slides about their country and then present them to the class.
Through Many Lenses: How are Countries Depicted By the Media
Students read various sources about a country to understand viewpoints about that country. In this country lesson, students recognize that different sources portray different organizations differently. Students compare how different sources portray a country.
Before turning young researchers lose on a country research project, create a Pathfinder and list a number of websites appropriate for your pupils to use in their research. Next, have class members examine a variety of travel brochures and analyze the characteristics of these brochures. Finally, they use technology to design a brochure for the country they have studied. Some site suggestions are included.