When teaching civics in the elementary classroom, it is sometimes difficult to bring in entertaining, hands-on activities to go along with the curriculum. Create A Country is an engaging hands-on activity that all of your elementary aged students will love!
I teach 3rd grade in Virginia and our first unit of Social Studies is always civics. While teaching rules and procedures fits in well at the beginning of the year for some of the civics standards, it is always difficult to think of interesting ways to incorporate laws, diversity, good citizenship, and rights and responsibilities into the lessons. This project is a way to cover all of that content!
This project is always used as an end of unit assessment in my own classroom, but it could be used any way you wish. Students are put into small groups to create their own country. This country has to be imaginary and created solely by that group of students. Some of the requirements of the project include:
- Country's name and flag
- Country's citizens (are they human?)
- Country's laws
- Citizen's responsibilities
- Diversity in the country
- Where is the country on a map?
- Country's law enforcement
Students love to create their own country and use their newly learned civics knowledge to apply it to their country.
Included in this product is an example product made by me to help show my students what I am looking for. I really stress that this project is to be an imaginary country! Some countries I have had from this project done by students included:
- Super City- a superhero country
- Haunted Land- a country of ghosts, zombies, and vampires
- Candy Land- a candy themed country
- Money Dome- a money themed country
- Wonderland- a country full of wondering citizens living in the clouds
- Singatopia- a country full of singing citizens
Having an imaginary country allows students to make up silly laws and responsibilities that are fun to explain to the class. Although the responsibilities and laws seem silly, the students are always able to back up their reasoning as to why that law exists in their country.
I hope your students find this product as fun as my students do. This is always a project that we look forward to doing every day in class! I would love to hear what countries your students come up with in the comments!
***This product is a zip file. It includes a document of the full preview file and then the packet of student worksheets that you can print. The packet that is separately in the zip file is more clear than the one shown in the preview, so be sure to print that one when offering this to students for their work.