Social Studies Project - Create a Country Geography & Map Skills PBL

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My students are having such a great time with this. They are able to be creative while still incorporating all the things they've learned this year.
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Learning Objective

Students will demonstrate an understanding of political and physical geography and map skills by creating a fact booklet. They will create an original country based around a common theme, writing its history and drawing a map to scale.


Are you looking for a fun and engaging project based learning activity for GEOGRAPHY or MAP SKILLS in your Social Studies classroom? This Create a Country PBL activity will have your students enthralled as they apply what they've learned in a creative way.  

The PBL has students using geography, writing, and art.  Students review their map skills by creating a unique country with 20 landforms and bodies of water, all built around a central theme.  Social Studies joins ELA when they write that country’s history. There’s always a place for “Cheesyland,” “StarWarstopia,” and “Foxington” on the globe!

"My students loved this more than I ever could have imagined!! I used this as a culmination activity after we finished studying human geography. Students are asked to choose a theme. The country they create is based on their theme. Creating maps, flags, a culture, etc. all related to their chosen theme. They loved it. It has been a long time since I have been so satisfied with final products created by students, but this activity did it!! Two thumbs up!"

Create a Country Social Studies Project Based Learning Activity for Geography and Map Skills includes:

✔ Teacher Directions with pictures

✔ Student Directions

✔ Theme Pages Graphic Organizer

✔ Your country's history Graphic Organizer pages

✔ Geography terms booklet

✔ Geography terms Teacher Guide with pictures and real-world descriptions

✔ Rubrics for the map and written history

Optional activities:

★ Write a "Day in the Life of" diary entry

★ Write a national anthem

★ Write a pledge

★ Create a flag

★ Create money

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How you might use this PBL

  • Use it at the beginning of the year when you teach geography and map skills
  • Use it during the year for a creative take on informational writing
  • Use it at the end of the year as a hands-on culminating activity for Social Studies


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Total Pages
71 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.


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