Great activity for the year-round information about schools around the world. Close reading - There are readings comparing schools around the world. Students fill out a bar graph, find and label countries, fill out a comparison/contrast chart, and then create a paragraph in which they are required to use to use transitions. Has a checklist to help grade the paragraph. Would be a great activity to have students reflect on their classroom, as well as other classrooms throughout the world. Would also be a great way to assess student writing in the beginning of the year. Could extend the writing activity for upper grade levels.