DESCRIPTIONs and Links to Projects

Mystery Place Activity:  Students will research a fascinating fact or unique feature of a country they are studying and present an intriguing question to their classmates.  

Earth Day Activity:  Students will choose earth-friendly activities that make the world a better place!

St. Patrick's Day Crossword:  Students will test their knowledge of St. Patrick's Day.  Crossword key here.

Global Food Waste Activity:  Students will watch this video and analyze a Hunger Map to discover how we can combat global hunger by changing the way we literally look at food.

Chinese Kite Activity:  Students will learn about the history of kites, invented by the Chinese, and build their own traditional box kite!

How to Make a Pop Bottle Light Bulb:  Students will make a light bulb with a plastic pop bottle, water and a little chlorine.  This ingenious solution is being used to illuminate dark homes in slums around the world. Students may choose to create a miniature home and install the lightbulb on the roof as an optional activity.

How to Make a Plastic Bag Football:  Students will make a "football" (soccer ball) out of old plastic bags, using a video showing how kids in less developed countries make their own toys.

Current Event Project Students will use the Newsela website to read current events articles and report on the news.  Students may adjust the reading level of the articles by choosing a Lexile that matches their reading level.

Wonders of the World Activity:  Students will research the Ancient Wonders of the World and create a map of their own list of amazing "wonders" they would like to visit some day.

Whole World Challenge:  Take the ultimate challenge at the end of the year and locate all of the countries of the world!  

Continent Map:  Students will label the countries on a continent map of their choice.  

Canada Map:  Students will create a map of Canada, coloring and labeling the 10 provinces and

3 territories on the blank map provided.  Teachers may use the Canada map key as a guide.

Australia Map:  Students will create a map of Australia, coloring and labeling the 6 states

and 2 territories on the blank map provided.  Teachers may use the Australia map key as a guide.

An additional stamp is awarded for each region in which they correctly locate the states and territories.

United States Map:  Students will create a map of the United States, coloring and labeling all of the

states and capitals within any or all of the 5 U.S. regions on the blank map provided.  Teachers may

use the U.S. Regions map key as a guide.  An additional stamp is awarded for each region in which they correctly locate the states and capitals.

Class Presentation:  Students choose to present on a country using the format and topics of their choice.  

Material World Project:  Students read the Material World book and complete the worksheet.  

Coloring Around the WorldKids love these Color Counts activity books so they'll love using these to learn more about the countries they are studying. 

Country Fact Sheet:  Students choose to present on a country using the format and topics of their choice.

Other Challenging  project Ideas: 

Create a new map of a continent or country.  Add unique elements such as tourist sites or native animals.  

Make a Smartboard, Powerpoint, or Prezi presentation about a foreign country to share with the class.  

Make a map of an imaginary place, or base your map on a favorite book such as The Hobbit or Harry Potter.

Design an appealing travel poster or postage stamp featuring landmarks, festivals, foods, clothing, terrain and climate of a country.

Design a geography game. 

Create a labeled display of foreign flags or currency.

Study a region or nation in depth and complete an oral or written report.

Start a foreign stamp collection and share it with the class. 

Create an ABC book or paper “quilt” based on a country of choice.

Make a diorama or a plaster map of a country showing mountain ranges, rivers, or other physical features.

Design a U.S. theme map on anything from national monuments, amusement parks, stadiums or arenas.


The Special Itinerary projects on this page are examples of what may be used by

students to explore a region of the world through independent study. A student who

completes a project should bring the product on Check Day in order to receive a

Special Itinerary stamp. Learning the locations of countries provides a strong 

foundation and context for making sense of the world.  Special Itinerary projects build 

upon that foundation and reinforce the memorization of those locations.  The beauty

of Special Itinerary projects is that the possibilities for students to explore are

limitless and vary in level of complexity to fit the needs of all learners.The ideas

listed below are meant to be a starting point. Students should choose Special

Itinerary projects that fit their interests, ability and level of motivation. 


​​Planting seeds of global literacy.