Let the creativity loose in your classroom as students explore ways to present a country using common objects. Imagine a student pulling out a small container of syrup from her bag and discussing the details of the hot and sticky climate in Singapore! Or, a rope used to discuss Burma bridges and the country of Myanmar/Burma.
Country in a Bag has been in use in my geography classrooms since about 2000 and is one of those projects remembered and talked about by both students and parents. It was so much fun and such good learning resulted that I began using it in my history classes with famous people in the bags. In 2004, the lesson was a NCGE Cram Award winner.
The greater application of this basic idea includes authors and pieces of literature, famous people and events in history, science or math.
This packet includes;
Goals and alignment to National Geography Standards and Blooms Taxonomy
Student preparation ideas
Procedures for best results including assigning, explaining and modeling, research plan, daily assignment plan, presentation day guide, and grading ideas
List of some past creative ideas students thought to use
Southeast Asia country assignment page
Student evaluation form
Start the project and on presentation day you will marvel at the creativity you encounter. Often you will find that the creativity comes from students who do not usually shine when completing other types of projects.