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Countries & Capitals Match-Ups

Quick, what’s the capital of Chile? Indonesia? Ghana? Create and play this game to remember countries, capitals, flags, and other facts.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. While studying world or national geography, invite students to focus on capital cities of countries, states, provinces, etc. Have students sketch a world map which includes all country borders. Students identify the approximate location of capital cities.
    2. To assist students with learning and recalling capitals, have them create a matching game. Collect recycled cardboard boxes. Each student team of two will select and decorate their boxes using Crayola® Tempera Paint, markers, crayons, and/or colored pencils.
    3. Using recycled manila file folders, student teams measure at least 36 cards, all the same size. Create a design for the cover side of each of the cards that represents your game. Use Crayola Colored Pencils or markers to create this design on each card.
    4. Using the countries and capitals that you are studying, write the name, outline a map, list the capital city, or write a fact about the country. Make at least two cards for each country. Make at least 18 sets of cards so you can challenge your skills.
    5. Play! Place all cards face down. Take turns trying to find a match. When you’ve mastered all of the information, exchange cards with your classmates. Create new cards with different countries and capitals, too.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.

    LA: Know and use various text features to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    LA: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    MATH: Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    In small groups, students determine additional information to include on their cards, such as population data, geographical facts, customs, historical landmarks, famous leaders, or rivers.

    This game can be adapted for any subject, such as learning a World Language, or math concepts.

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