5/6 Country Report!
We have spent a lot of time studying maps and our place in the world. From our universe to our continents, we have been taking a close look at the story of how our planet exists currently. Now we will be taking a closer look at the different cultures and communities on Planet Earth!
This independent project asks you to research a country on planet Earth! - and find out what makes that country unique. There are two parts: an informative essay and a visual project. Have fun with this, learn about a country, and tell everyone in the class the things you learned!
Part I: Writing Component
You will be completing a MINIMUM of six paragraphs on your country. The outline below will guide you in the structure of your essay. Please use this as a guide. You are being assessed on the organization of your writing, as well as the content. You are welcome to write more than six paragraphs. Your body paragraphs should focus on one aspect of your country. For example, geography or economy or culture. There are some ideas below! What is under is a GUIDE of ideas for you to use.
Paragraph One: Introduction
● In 4-5 sentences, introduce your reader to the country you have chosen. Describe what makes your country unique. Don’t forget to have a strong hook! This is what will make your reader intrigued and decide to read on. Make your reader want to visit your country in three sentences. This is where you are giving your reader a guide to your paper, and should include a strong thesis as the last sentence.
Body Paragraph Topic: Geography
● What is your country’s location?
● Continent, Hemisphere, time zone, etc
● Physical Features
○ Tropical, mountains, deserts, waterfalls, etc
○ Tropical, mild, rainfall, weather, etc
● Animal Life
○ Anything cool?
Body Paragraph Topic: History
● First Inhabitants
● Who established them?
● Famous Leaders?
● Major wars or revolutions?
Body Paragraph Topic: Government
● Country’s official name
● Type of government and a brief description of that government
○ EX: democracy. What is the definition of this?
● Current government leader
● Current Events?
Body Paragraph Topic: Economy
● What type of economy do they have?
● Major industries
● Trading partner?
● Natural resources
Body Paragraph Topic: People (Can easily make this two paragraphs and could receive extra credit for the extra paragraph)
● Special celebrations?
● Typical foods
● Any traditional clothing?
● Holidays and customs?
● Current Events?
Paragraph Four: Conclusion
● Wrap it up. Make me want to find out more about this country. Give your reader closure.
● Make sure you include where you found the information. If you used a textbook, what is the full name of the textbook? If you used the internet, what was the address you used? Copy and Paste is a great friend. USE NOODLETOOLS.
Part II: The Visual Project
Pick one of these options. You can come up with other ideas as well.
- Create a map of your country on a poster. Must include at least three physical features, natural resources, and three cities.
- Collect pictures of the people from your country and use a Venn Diagram to describe how they are similar and different from us.
- Learn to play/sing a song from your country and make a recording that we can listen to.
- Choose a special building from your country and build a model of it.
- Choose a story/fairytale from your country. Learn how to tell the story. Make some simple puppets to help you tell your story to an audience.
- Create a Prezi/PowerPoint on the environmental issues of your country.
- Create a timeline showing at least eight historical events for your country.
- Make a trifold travel brochure for your country.
- Choose an artist from your country. Paint or draw a copy of one of their works and write a short biography about the artist.
- Country in a shoebox - 4-6 items you will find from the country inside of the shoebox. The outside needs to be covered in pictures. Include a written explanation of each item.
Bring in a recipe from the country you are researching! You cannot bring in Chinese food if you did your report on Brazil, it just doesn’t work. If you are doing Brazil, the Abacate Batido would be perfect (whipped Avocado Dessert). The more food we have, the more fun it will be. It doesn’t have to be expensive or even elaborate. Just remember to bring in enough for students in the class to have a taste.
Mr. Herrick's math class generally has a small math packet for homework that is passed out on Fridays, and due the following Friday.
The Bobcats have gotten off to a great start! We have made kites, started reading a book, and done a really cool writing piece. We have also been studying mapping.
Here are some maps of the classroom!
Here is the cover of the book many students are reading. Please, ask them about it!
This is our read aloud.