This is a webquest worksheet that students use The World Factbook to complete. The webquest has students use the World Factbook to determine the government, GDP (per capita), main industry, economy, who colonized it, and one culture fact (such as the official language, main religion, majority ethnic group) about each country. This webquest includes 12 countries, such as Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Panama, and more. Included with this purchase is a PDF of the worksheet, a PDF of the answer key to the worksheet (keep in mind types of economies may vary over time so the economy answers may differ depending what source you use). Also included is an editable worksheet and editable answer key. If you want to change which countries are being studied or what information students should find for each country, the editable versions will work best for you!
After handing out the worksheets, I modeled for students how to use The World Factbook to find their answers. I did the first country, Canada, with them to show them where to find the answers on the website. From there, students were able to do the rest on their own.
Note on using World Factbook: go to the website, near the top right corner is a drop down menu for you to pick a country. After picking the country, you can show students each drop down menu. Before students got started, I had them write on their WS where which columns could be found. For example, they wrote "People and society" over the Culture Fact column and "Introduction" over who colonized. These correspond with the expandable tabs on The World Factbook!
The World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
Needed supplies: copies of the worksheet for students, computers/a computer lab to access The World Factbook. (the amount of computers will vary depending on whether or not you want to have students work independently or in groups).
My 6th grade students were able to complete all 12 countries in two class periods (approx. 100 minutes).