We are going to take a little journey around the world. Our goal is to complete a World Fact File from our North Star Geography lesson. At first I thought my boys and I could easily create our own Guinness Book of World Records about Geography facts. Then we began researching.
World Fact File Question: Number of Countries in the World
Until teaching this class I never realized how difficult it is to answer how many countries are in the world. I thought there might be a reason to teach a logic class alongside completing the World Fact File after we began researching the answers.
Some people use the number of members in the United Nations. But after watching these videos you might chose a different answer.
Population of the World reminded us of how large is a billion.
World Population uses dots to show how the population has increased over the years.
World Population by the Billions uses blocks to show the year in between reaching each billion.
- Top 10 Most Populous Countries
- Most Populous Cities in the World
- Top 10 Most Populous Cities
- What’s the Most Common Language in the World?
World Fact File Questions on Largest, Longest and Tallest:
What makes a lake large? Do you look at area, depth or volume? Does the Caspian Sea get classified as a lake?
We were on a trip to Ohio and were able to visit Grand Lake St. Mary’s State Park, which at one time was the largest man-made lake in the world. Bonus points when we can actually visit a place.
Don’t forget to change direction and look at the lowest point on earth:
Maybe you want to know the largest country entirely in the southern hemisphere or the largest county in South America. Because after a while of researching it is hard to avoid the rabbit trails when reading about Largest Countries in the World.
The Biggest Desert in the World is that the Sahara or Antarctica? The 10 Largest Deserts in the World lists Antarctica. I have to admit that Antarctica did not enter my mind when we began researching.
My son really wanted to list Australia as the largest island but again the defining of terms made us question the choice. How many islands from Canada made the list of Top 10 Largest Islands?
World Fact File:
Maybe these two facts we can agree with…then again erosion and volcanic activity is changing the look of the earth even as I write this post.
After spending a week on completing the World Fact File from North Star Geography…I now understand why an answer key was not included.