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Country Study

Designed by Linda Evans

Edited by Karen Caroe

A big THANK-YOU to Linda Evans for submitting this unit for publication. 
This is a mini-unit that I have edited from a much larger and more comprehensive unit 
that Linda has designed for use in her own homeschool.


This exciting, hands-on unit covers all academic subjects and more. It is a refreshing change from the boring "look-it-up in the Encyclopedia" country studies of old. Here are some recommendations to help your study be more exciting.
1) Plan ahead. Select your country . About 6 weeks before you want to do the study, write--or have your children write--to the embassy for information. To get information on embassies go to Ask for information on music, clothing, holidays, history, important sites, etc.
2) Make a notebook of the country you are studying.
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Quick Maps of the World - Flags, Maps, Economy, Geography, Climate, Natural Res

Flags of all Countries

Books, Videos, and CD-ROM's
I recommend Dorling-Kindersley Family learning books AND Usborne Books for use with all Funschooling Units.

Check with your local library for available video titles about the country you study. We use travel videos, history video, and historical fiction videos. Don't forget to consider some "plain old fun" videos that may have been about your country or shot on location there.

For all studies of the world, I recommend:
My Amazing World Explorer CD-Rom (DK)
Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? (Broderbund Software)

Other recommended materials

1) A world Atlas that is student-friendly
2) A world wall Map (or blow up of your particular country)
3) Timeline
4) A 1-1/2 or 2 inch 3 ring binder. (We like the white ones with the clear plastic covers from Walmart. That way, you can design your own cover.



1) Prior to the unit study, have student compose a letter of request to the embassy of the country you plan to study. Ask for information on the country. Use the first draft to teach missed spelling rules, punctuation, grammar, etc. Write the final copy in your best penmanship. For advanced students learning keyboarding skills, use a word processor for the final draft.
2) Read a biography of someone from that country--perhaps a scientist, explorer, or inventor. Maybe a politician or religious figure.
3) Read a historical fiction book about the country.
4) Write a book report on the historical fiction.
5) For older students, write an opinion/analysis paper based on information learned in the biography. What was this person's main contribution to his society and how has that impacted us today?
6) Keep a list of vocabulary words that come up in your reading.
7) Design a travel brochure encouraging people to visit your country.
8) Select an area of interest about your country and prepare an informative speech. (I consider rhetoric--public speaking--to be an essential part of a well rounded education.)

Note: You should continue using a standard, grade-level math curriculum while doing any unit study. These suggestions are merely to give practical application to math skills.

1) Learn about the currency of your country. Check the conversion rate and learn to figure it.
2) Get a merchandise catalog, cut out pictures of goods you would like and convert the cost into the currency of your country. Glue the pictures with American money and currency exchange rate on pages for your notebook.
3) Calculate distance from the capital city to other locations around the country. Use a map and ruler.
4) Go to a travel agency and get information on the cost of traveling to your country. Learn how to set up savings goals to make a trip like that.
5) Find out what time zone your country is in. Calculate the time difference between your country and the place you live.
6) Learn the geographical size of your country. Find a state in the US of comparable size.
7) What is the population of the country and the capital city. What percentage of people live in the Capital city compared to the entire country?


1) Make a timeline that will show the history of the country.
2) Study the beginnings of the country, was it a colony, a territory, an independent state, a civilization?
3) Study the Art, Architecture, and Music History of the country.
4) Who discovered it? Explored it? Settled it? Established it? Were there native peoples there?
5) What is still there today that keeps history alive in the country.
6) Expansion topic: Wars in which the country was involved.
7) What is the religious history of the country. How has it evolved to the current religious practices?


1) What is the physical lay-out of the country?
2) Make a salt-dough or other 3-D map showing the lakes, mountains, rivers, and other natural phenomena of the country. (See below for a yummy map.)
3) What are the demographics of the country? Identify the people groups.
4) Where is this country located with respect to other countries and the world. Learn what borders the country. EXPANSION TOPIC: Do a fact sheet for each bordering country and put it in your notebook. Include basics: Language, government, flag, capital, etc.
5) What is the weather like in the country. Does it vary from North to South or East to West? How vulnerable is the country to natural disasters? (volcano, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, etc.)


1) What are the national holidays and how are they celebrated?
2) How do they celebrate Christmas?
3) Find out what kind of government this country has. Older children write a compare/contrast paper showing this countries government compared with the US government.
4) What is the major industry in this country? What does it export? Import? Do you have anything in your home from this country? Take pictures of it and place in notebook.
5) How does the world view this country?
6) If possible find a missionary or someone from the country that can be interviewed about the country.


1)Find out the "official" language of your country and learn some words and phrases.
2) Learn to count in that language.
3) Find a recording or some sheet music of the national anthem. See if you can find a translation of the words.
4) Make a dinner of typical food from your country. Use the same herbs and spices that would be used to prepare a native dish.
5) During the time you study this unit, listen to "native" music--or as close as you can get.
6) Watch a travel video or National Geographic special about this country.
7) Make a game of trivia about your country. (This is great for Make-Your-Own GeoSafari boards. We always make several GeoSafari games to go with our foreign country studies.)

From Funschooler Betty
The original "author" is unknown


Geography Cookies (Author Unknown)

Objective: Using a physical map for reference, the students will make an edible map, that shows the major physical features of their given country.

You will need:
Peanut butter or sugar cookie recipe
waxed paper
blue icing
green sprinkles
clear sprinkles
small chocolate chips
red licorice strings

Shape dough to represent the country. They will decorate it using the following symbols:
Blue icing: lakes & oceans
Green sprinkles: plains
Clear Sprinkles: deserts
Chocolate Chips: mountains
Licorice strings: rivers
M&M's : capitals

You can make this activity into small maps for each children or one large map with everyone helping. This activity will encourage the kids to look up and learn some facts of the country, as well as, peak their interest in geography. You can
display the geography cookies and have the kids talk about what they learned and possibly point out some "facts" about their cookie!
Then they can EAT them! What fun!!

PS: These can also be done with bread dough, broccoli, apple slices, etc.

I hope this study is fun and encouraging to each of you. 


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