By the end of the year, your students will have gained a broad understanding of 200+ COUNTRIES, territories, and special collectives of the world! Discover facts and use the internet to research important data about a different country every day (5 days a week) with these daily bell ringers. This resource covers both physical and human geography!
Go PAPERLESS! This resource now includes a DIGITAL version perfect for remote learning. Your students can complete the pages using Google Slides. The entire bell ringer booklet is already loaded with textboxes and is ready to go!
Use as an entry task, warm-up, a daily mini-lesson, or for early finishers. This journal works great as group work, an independent study, or station activity. This bell ringer spans 40 WEEKS! Countries are organized by continent for easy implementation. Plus, this resource is EDITABLE! Add or change questions to fit your curriculum needs! ANSWER KEYS ARE INCLUDED.
Bell Ringer Set-Up:
Countries are categorized by continent for organization and easy implementation.
Africa = 11 Weeks
Asia = 10 Weeks
Europe = 10 Weeks
North America/Central America = 5 Weeks
South America = 2.5 Weeks
Oceania = 2 Weeks
Topics within this journal include:
- Location on the map
- Total Area
- Official languages
- Ethnic groups
- Total Population
- Government Systems
- Economic Industries
- Human Development Index Ranking (HDI)
- Gini Rank (wealth distribution)
- GDP (per capita)
- Median Age
- Birth Rate
- Total Fertility Rate (TFR)
- Adult Literacy Rate
- Expected years of schooling
- Mean years in schooling
- Access to clean water
- Life Expectancy
- Health Concerns
- Historical Events
- Historical Dates of Importance
- Dates of Independence
- & More!
The intent of this resource is for your students to gain a broad understanding of the world, by using the internet to research and learn about a new country. With daily implementation, your students will notice specific trends as they analyze each country--the data speaks for itself. In order to cover as many countries as this resource includes, it is not feasibly possible to cover every key historical moment, or every data point for every country. However, I have included EDITALBE versions. If you would like to change the questions to better fit your curriculum, then you are welcome to make adjustments. You must have access to PowerPoint to edit.
This resource requires access to the internet for research. Specifically, your students will use the UN Human Development Report website along with the encyclopedia for research. Links provided within the resource.
Different Ways to Implement:
- Print a complete journal for each student and spiral bind or place in a binder. Complete one country each day. Complete the reflection section at the end of the week. Divider sheets with maps are included for each continent for easy organization. Students can also label the countries on the map along the way.
- Print specific continents/pages that match your curriculum (example, if you are studying European history, just focus on Europe.)
- Don’t print the pages—instead, display the page for the whole class using your projector. Complete as a class, or rotate students to help with the research.
- Choose a new student(s) each day to research the data and share their findings with the whole class.
- Complete DIGITALLY using the Google Slides access link provided.
Where should my students go for information?
This resource includes a “Research Tips” page for your students. This resource will involve using the internet for research. Your students can gather information from encyclopedias online or an atlas. Many countries have websites. Travel sites have good information too. Your students will NEED to access the Human Development Reports for data, and will need to get online to get the latest GDP numbers. A link to this website is included in this file.
I don't have a class set of devices. How will my students complete this bell ringer?
One option is to pair your students up if you have limited computers or tablets. Or use this activity as a station activity. If you only have access to a teacher computer, one option is to complete whole group. Rotate and have a new student do the research and share their findings with the class.