Day 1 - One Class Period:
1. Introduce this activity through a modified game of
twenty questions. Start by telling the students that
they will be assigned a country to research. The target
countries have been selected based on one common factor:
they have dealt with arsenic contamination in their water
Tell the students: The first task is to identify the
target countries through a list of clues that I will
read to you. After a clue is given raise your hand
if you can identify the country. (Note: some countries
more than one clue, use them if needed)
Write the name of each country on the board as it is
The clues are on Appendix 1.
After students have identified the target countries ask
them to identify the continent
they are on.
Place sticky notes or pins on a world map to designate
the location of the target countries. (If a wall
not available, make a transparency).
Ask students what they know about the culture or history
of any of
the countries that have
Assign students one of the countries for them to study.
This can be done by having
draw a card
the country’s name on it.
Assign students to work in small groups of 2-3.
Conclude by telling the students that they will research
country in the
computer lab on the
2 & 3 - Two
Give the following instructions to
to the following website: http://geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm and
find your country. Search the website
to find data to complete the following:
Use the site to obtain information to create a poster
of your country that will
the room (poster size map
will be constructed at a later
time). Use a small desk map
to include the following geographic features:
countries and/or waterways
cities and * for the capital city
and any other significant geographic features
a map symbol that shows distance
In your notebook list major geographic concerns
facing the inhabitants
of your country.
Examples: landlocked; extreme
Are there any
this country? If so list
In your notebook identify
cultural features of
and life expectancy