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Students color world maps to illustrate "top ten" statistics about the world.
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In this lesson, students use an online resource, NationMaster.com, to create a map showing the "Top Ten Countries" for a wide variety of statistical information -- for example, the Top Ten Countries by Population, the Top Ten Countries for Life Expectancy, the Top Ten Countries for Crime Each student colors World Outline Map #1 to show the "top ten countries" for the category s/he is assigned. Students then label their maps with the headline Top Ten Countries for ____. (A link to the Map Headline List is provided below.) Display students' maps on a bulletin board or around a world map with yarn leading from each map to the number one (#1) country on that map.
Click below for additional world outline maps; one of these might be most appropriate for your students to use.
* World Outline Map #2
* World Outline Map #3
Map Headline List
Click for a Map Headline List. This list offers suggestions for 50 statistics pages on NationMaster.com that students might create maps to illustrate.
Students write a brief paragraph explaining what information is illustrated by the maps they created.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.7 Evaluating Data
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
GRADES Pre-K - 12
NM-CONN.PK-12.3 Recognize and Apply Mathematics in Contexts Outside of Mathematics
GRADES Pre-K - 12
NM-REP.PK-12.3 Use Representations to Model and Interpret Physical, Social, and Mathematical Phenomena
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