I recognized that my students really didn't have a solid understanding of the difference between continents, countries, and cities and that placing locations geographically on a map was a struggle. I was brainstorming ways for my students to gain a broad overview of all the countries of the world, but knew that I had limited class time (don't we all!). That's when I came up with this idea for a daily bell ringer.
I also knew that using the internet appropriately for research is a critical skill, and being able to quickly and effectively pull information from a site is important. I also knew that if my students could pull data from the United Nations Human Development Index, they would be able to identify trends and patterns among countries throughout the world. I also wanted my students to learn important historical information, and geographic features. I put all of these components together to create a World Geography Bell Ringer.
This bell ringer includes a print version as well as a digital version set up in Google Slides. Since this is a tech-based bell ringer, and to save on ink, you might want to assign this digitally.
By the end of the year, students gain a broad understanding of 200+ countries, territories, and special collectives of the world. Students discover facts and use the internet to research important data about a different country every day (5 days a week). This resource covers both physical and human geography.
I love that this bell ringer can not only be used as an entry task or warm-up, but it can serve as a daily mini-lesson or a task for early finishers. This journal works great as group work, an independent study, or as a station activity.