Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Country Study Poster

A Heritage Report Project

One of the most interesting (and most exhausting) projects of this second grade year was a Heritage Report. Each student was expected to talk to his or her parents about their heritage, pick a country, do research, write a report and make a poster for their country of choice. It was amazing to see a map where every student’s picture was linked to a heritage country. We are in Silicon Valley, and many students are first or second generation Americans with their heritage all over the world. Smarty had an easy time picking a country since earlier this year she went with her Dad to his country of birth, Germany, and loved her experiences there.

Questions for a Country Study

To write their report and design their poster, students had to research and answer the following questions:
  1. Country’s continent, capital city, language, and currency.
  2. Draw a country flag and explain its origin.
  3. What are two things that this country is known for?
  4. Write down 3 facts that you would like your classmates to know about this country.
  5. Write about a special holiday from this country.
  6. Describe your favorite food from this country.
    Would you like to visit this country? Why or why not?
  7. Draw or put a picture of one place your classmates might want to see and explain why.
As you can see, it was a lot of work, and a big project for seven and eight year old kids. A lot of parental help (aka prodding) was needed to complete it. We used a taskboard to manage this project.

Country Report Oral Presentation

Every child was expected to present their poster and read from their report in front of their classmates. As an “extra credit”, children were encouraged to bring something to share with their classmates – Smarty brought over Euro coins, Playmobil figures, and passed out Haribo Gummi Bears. She enjoyed tasting food and sweets from other countries too. To ensure that the kids stay attentive during these oral presentations (each child had 15 minutes, and they ran for three days last week), they had a printable where they needed to write down the name of the country, the name of the presenter, and two facts that they learned from each presentation. We attended Smarty’s presentation, and had a different reaction to it. My husband expected more from her, I have a better frame of reference after volunteering in this classroom for a yebut ar, and I think that she did rather well.

Country Studies and Geography

My blog friend Ticia at Adventures in Mommydom has terrific homeschool country studies and country school report printables.
Follow my Geography Pinterest board.

Your Turn?

Did your children do heritage or country reports? On what country?


Ticia said...

Her report is great, and bringing the Playmobil, and such to show her class is a great idea.
It really is different what you expect when you're just thinking about your kid and how smart they are versus the rest of the class in general and how they are doing. Jeff struggles with the same problem of not knowing a realistic goal for the kids at times.

Lately I've been thinking through about different ways you can do country studies and I've been thinking about adding and subtracting from what my kids do, and one of the things I was thinking about adding was an "interesting fact" section to the printable and maybe a famous person or two.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Did she speak some German for her class?

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

How neat that Smarty could do Germany after traveling there!

My kids have not done country studies, yet, but I think Emma would probably pick Scotland, since she was born there :)

min said...

Sounds like a great project! We might have to do something like this next year for our Culture Day.

Anonymous said...

That does sound like a rather involving project for the 7 and 8 year old crowd, but Smarty did a wonderful job!

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