Innovative
Classroom

Center Focus

Surf the World

  1. Give your students practice using the Internet. If you have Internet access in your room, then great; if not, students can go to the school's computer room, library, or wherever Internet access is available, in small groups.
  2. Give them a list of questions about other countries such as:
    • On what continent will you find the city of Cairo?
    • What is the population of Singapore?
    • What religion is most common in China?
  3. Instruct them to go to the CIA World Factbook site.
    www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
  4. Here they can search for the answers to these questions, learn about other countries, and practice using the Internet.
  5. You may also want to provide a world map outline for them. They can label all of the countries and cities that are referred to in your questions. Click here for a reproducible world map.

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