This is a project that I used when I taught 7th Grade Social Studies. It was a lot of fun for the students. Teachers can assign countries based upon their particular unit of study. Students must decorate a container such as a coffee can or oatmeal container. They must fill the inside with ten items that represent their country. They must also have ten index cards (one for each item) that describe why the item is significant in their country. One of the items in the container has to be a recipe. We use these later to have a "Celebration of Culture" where we enjoy sampling food from around the world.