There are many ways that a class can learn about the vast number of countries in a fun and interactive manner. In my Social Studies class we participated in an activity where we broke up into groups of 4 or 5 students and we chose a country. My group chose to research a little bit about Brazil. Our research included information about climate, culture, festivals, population, people, animals and plants. Once we chose our country and researched a little bit about it, we created a salt dough map along with the country's flag and a mask. Once these items were created we used food coloring to decorate them. Then after our projects were completed we presented them to our peers along with what we discovered in our research.
This activity is great to use when studying different countries or even states. Students can not only learn interesting and fun facts but they can also create the country or state with some of its geographical features.
Below is a link to another blog about Salt Dough Maps: