Every year without fail, this unit is the favorite among my students. I even have former students coming back and telling me how much they enjoyed this. And who would have thought geography could be so fun!
I created this project as a final assessment to use for our 6th Grade Geography unit. Instead of giving a test, this unit has students apply their knowledge of cartography, culture and the five themes of geography to the creation of their own country.
While creating their country, students must complete different products to showcase the cultural and physical aspects of their country. By the end, students will have created: 3 maps, a timeline, friendly letter from country citizen, recipe for "national" food, artifact depicting culture, non-fiction article showcasing cultural event. It sounds like a lot, but I have included everything (including my most recent timeline of how long I spent on each component) to guide you through this.
At the end, I often have a World Fair Day for parents and other students to visit each country. It's a great way for your students to show off their hard work!
I use this as an integrated project for both social studies and language arts, so I also include writing projects.
-Project Overview for Students: explains project in full, along with each individual component. Shows how I divide components between Social Studies and Language Arts. Includes easy-to-customize calender to use for planning work days
-Rubrics: Detailed rubrics for both Language Arts and Social Studies. LA rubric is aligned to Common Core Standards while SS rubric is aligned to State of Ohio standards
-Brainstorming: Handout to help get students started
-Country Fact Sheet: PPT to guide students through the process of creating an outline for their country, using a government website as a model
-Food and Culture Webquest: Webquest that leads students to deeper understanding of how food and culture relate, questions about how food relates to their own country, template for creating their own recipe for their country
-Friendly Letter Description: PPT outlining how to add mood and voice to letter written from a citizen's point of view
-Peer Review Forms: Specific guides to editing each project component
-Passport: Option to use if having other classes visit final projects
-Invitation: Option to use if having parents visit final projects
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