Have your students rule their own country! What a great and different way to review some of the major third grade standards that were covered all year. It can also be used for 4th and 5th grade. They love it! I used it as a social studies grade as well as a writing grade for ELA.
This 18 page packet comes with directions for each activity and is completely self-guided. Great activity once all testing is done!
There are 5 major parts to the project that include grading rubrics for easy grading!
Part 1- Details of the country
the students will be answering questions to get them thinking about their country and what all it entails including the name, founder, it's location, physical geography, climate and vegetation, any natural resources, its population, the currency, political system, and any additional information they would like to add.
Part 2- Creating the map!
They will draw a map of their country and decide where on the globe it will be located. The map must have a map key, scale, a compass rose, the capital, and any other physical features it contains.
Part 3- The flag
The students will get to create the flag for their country then will write about it. They will explain the reasons they chose the symbols, colors, etc.
Part 4- Informative writing
using the questions they answered from part 1 they will conduct an informative paper telling all about their country. A graphic organizer is included.
Part 5- The Presentation
They will get an opportunity to present their country to the class any way that they would like.
Part 6- extra credit!
(I used this as extra credit but feel free to add it as part of the assignment.)
Option 1: Your country is hosting the 2020 Olympics. They will write an informative paper all about it answering the questions I included and attaching any drawing that may go with it.
Using latitude and longitude they will look at a map and come up with questions about the absolute location of their country. Maps included.
Grading rubrics are included at the bottom of the packet so they can use as a checklist. Any parts of this project can be modified as you see fit for your class but may not be sold!
3.2 Interpret maps and globes using common terms, including country, region, mountain, hemisphere, latitude, longitude, north pole, south pole, equator, time zones, elevation, approximate distances in miles, isthmus, and strait.
3.3 Use cardinal directions, map scales, legends, titles, and longitude and latitude to locate major cities and countries in the world.
3.4 Examine major physical and political features on globes and maps, including mountains, plains, plateaus, mesas, buttes deserts, deltas, islands, peninsulas, basins, canyons, valleys, bays, streams, gulfs, straits, canals, seas, boundaries, cities, highways, roads, and railroads.
3.23 Identify examples of scarcity in and around specific regions. (E, G)
3.24 Interpret a chart, graph, or resource map of major imports and exports. (E, G)
3.28 Discuss the structure and purpose of government. (P)
3.39 Describe the diverse but unified nature of people within a continent or region, identifying the distinct contribution made by their culture including language, clothing, food, art, beliefs, customs, and music. (C, H)
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