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are some ideas of what to put into a country notebook.
Resources such as travel agents, library, almanac, encyclopedias,
atlas, and the Internet will help you in your research.
Read some nonfiction and fiction related to their country.
Cut out pictures in magazines, travel brochures, etc. to
use for illustrations. Free printable Country
Report Theme Paper.
Title page: Name of Country. Include a political map showing
the location of nation in the world. Include lines of latitude
and longitude, the Prime Meridian and the equator.
Include maps of country showing:
major waterways—Physical map of the country (the
physical map could be done in 3-D with clay or plaster,
photographed, and then place picture in notebook)
major mountain ranges—Physical map
major deserts, jungles, tundras, etc.—Physical
major cities and the Capitol—Political map of
the country, include compass rose and scale of miles
industries of the country—use picture symbols for
these industries and include a key
natural resources of the country—use picture symbols
for these resources and include a key
History of Country—Write up an outline history of the
country, write short paragraphs about famous people who made
their history (include pictures if possible), and include
an illustrated timeline. (Be sure to find out their Biblical
history—what line they came from—Ham, Shem, Japheth—etc.)
. Describe how the government functions. If it has more than
one leader, draw an organizational chart of their government.
Include pictures if possible of the leaders, their government
Illustrate the national flag in a medium of your choice
(crayons, colored pencil, etc.). (A fun side activity would
be for them to pretend they are forming their own country
and create a flag for “their” country.)
Illustrate (or use pictures of) the national flower, animal
and other symbols of the country—one or two per page.
Label with short description.
What is the National Anthem. Write it out and illustrate with
. Find out about the country’s major religions. What
are their beliefs? How do they worship? How are they saved?
What efforts are we making to reach these people for Jesus?
(Write in short paragraphs and include pictures if possible.)
. Find pictures illustrating what the country is noted for,
scenery, major landmarks of the country, people, etc.. Write
some interesting facts about the people, cities, and geography
of the country to caption the pictures.
Using an almanac, find out about their population and per
capita income. Make a graph illustrating their population
growth and per capita income as compared to ours.
Draw pictures or, if possible, attach samples of their currency.
Use almanac to find out how to convert their money into ours.
Include this information.
Write a short paragraph describing the type of education system
they have and what occupations the people follow after they
are finished their education.
13. Research the animal and plant life specific to the country.
Find pictures or make drawings and label with interesting
Create a small dictionary of familiar phrases in English
and the country’s official language that would help
someone communicate when visiting the country.
Write short paragraphs describing the people’s customs,
clothing, holidays, crafts, foods, sports, and recreation.
Include pictures, restaurant menus, recipes (don’t
forget to cook some!), drawings, directions for crafts (make
some!),directions for games and sports (play some!) etc.
(This will be several pages and include photos of anything
you create or play!)
Music: listen to music composed by famous composers/musicians
of the country. List names and songs of these composers/musicians.
Illustrate the type of instruments they make and/or use. How
does their religion affect their music?
Art: Look at the art and architecture created by people from
the country. List some of the most famous artists and builders.
Show samples of their work with pictures if possible. How
does their religion affect their art?
Include a Bibliography in the back of the book.
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