A graphic organizer helps students compare and contrast two neighboring countries.
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In this lesson, students use a simple graphic organizer to collect facts about two countries. They use that information to make comparisons between the two countries. The lesson is best used by students who have computer access, but it can be adapted to use library resources.
Provide each student with a copy of the Comparing Countries work sheet. This graphic organizer is created for use in grades 2-5. If you are doing this activity with middle or high school students, you might want to create a different form that challenges students to read more comprehensive material; that form will probably include more fields for students to fill in.
The activity is designed to be used with library resources (encyclopedias and almanacs, for example) and/or the following online resources:
Comparing and Contrasting
After students have collected the information and completed the graphic organizer, have them write a brief comparison of the countries.
Countries to Compare
Following are some possible pairs of countries that you could assign individuals or groups to compare:
Once students have collected the information and completed the graphic organizer, have them write a brief comparison of the countries. (See Comparing and Contrasting above.)
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