Categorize and Re-Categorize Countries

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By grouping and re-grouping the same set of countries, students will discover new patterns and ideas about these places.

This task is designed to get students to look at the same set of countries in three different ways.


  1. Students create 2-5(ish) categories of countries using a list that they generate or that you provide. They can use an criteria to form their groups, but no group can be called "other."
  2. Then they'll start over and re-group those same countries into new categories.
  3. Then, yes, they'll re-re-group those countries into yet another set of categories.
  4. Finally, students describe how looking at the same countries from different perspectives gave them some new insight or idea.


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