Posted by: jwhiff | July 16, 2018

MN2: Largest Countries (Area)

This is a completely different list than last time!  It is a great one to do when you are about to cover area and perimeter. Make sure you have access to some atlases, even if they are old and out of date.  Longest coastlines will follow. Ooh…then populations and population densities!

If you would like more information about the Mystery Numbers Process, please click the headings below.

Here’s the new Number List:

8,514,877

9,984,670

2,381,741

3,287,263

17,098,242

7,741,220

2,724,900

9,826,675

2,780,400

9,596,960

Expert Source: World Altlas

Unit = square km (I recommend that you spend some time bringing this to life, too.  How big is this exactly? How big is our school property compared to a square km?)

Country List: (some correct, some put in there to throw them off.  Provide atlases to search and create their own lists ahead of time. Also a good time to introduce the idea of map projections!)

Australia

Greenland (Denmark)

Argentina

China

Russia

Mexico

Kazakhstan

Sweden

United States

Canada

Democratic Republic of Congo

India

South Africa

Algeria

Brazil

I’m really hoping that the Big Reveal in this case is controversial!  It should be…map projections really fool us!  Plus, there is a good opportunity for kids to write about what surprised them here.  Greenland looks so huge!  I thought for sure it would be in the top 10.  Crazy that Australia is smaller than Brazil!  Russia is THAT much bigger than Canada?  Really?

If you have students finished way ahead of the others, get them to start looking for the very smallest countries and generate their own lists.  Use maps or atlases, not technology in this case.  Why?  Technology gives too much away and maps are so tactile and satisfying to explore.


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