In my Spanish class, students will do their own "research" in the computer lab before we dive into learning about Spain. The worksheet has very basic information like: what is the capital, what is the hottest city, what color is the flag, etc.
I use this with my high school students grades 9-12. This is a Word document THAT YOU CAN EDIT.
I usually have the students use this information to make a poster in a group and present one of the categories to the class. Since my classes are beginning Spanish, I let them do the presentation in English.
Get creative with it and introduce some culture to your class!