Geography Report - First vs Third World - Understanding the CIA World Factbook

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Geography Report. This country report will have your students use the CIA World Factbook to compare a first world to a third world country. Many students have usually researched using the CIA World Factbook but have very little knowledge as to what those statistics are actually referring to. In this product you are provided with an 18 slide PowerPoint that explains the following terms that students are most likely to utilize when conducting research on a country:

Population
G.D.P. - Per Capita
Literacy Rate
Life Expectancy at Birth
Population Below Poverty Line
Unemployment Rate
Birth Rate
Death Rate
Debt - External
Infant Mortality Rate
People Living with HIV/Aids

Following an explanation of the terms students can choose one country from the First World Country list and one country from the Third World Country list. Then students will utilize the online CIA World Factbook by doing a google search or by going to the following site: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

Students will spend time researching on the CIA World Factbook and I use this as a teachable moment to save them time. I show students how they could spend a lot of time searching for one of the facts, but if they press Ctrl+F this will pull up the "find" function. They can type one of the key phrases such as "infant" when searching for Infant Mortality Rate and they will be taken directly to that fact.

After conducting their research students then are lead to take that information and turn it into a report with a graph and pictures of their countries as well as organizing their data using the template provided. This is done by hand, but if you have students who are tech savvy this would be a good challenge for them to figure out how to recreate the template using Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, or any other way they can do it. When I give this option it is usually 50/50. Some kids just like doing things by hand.

Finally, students conclude the final stage of their report by analyzing their data and writing a one-page reflection titled "What I've Learned About 1st and 3rd World Countries". Students are encouraged to not just rewrite the information they have found, but to dig deeper and use their analysis to formulate ideas about what the data is saying about each country.

I usually spend 3 days of class time on this. One day of introduction and walking them through the terms, choosing their countries, and introducing them to the Ctrl+F function on the CIA World Factbook. One day for students to research their information and create the first part of their report. One day for them to analyze their data and construct their written reflection.

Hearing students having conversations about the data of the world is quite exciting as a teacher!

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