Here’s a teaching idea using the database CultureGrams. In this activity, students will examine similarities and differences between two countries and imagine a hypothetical scenario in which they merge into a single country.
Assign each student two countries to research. The countries may be assigned within a particular region the class is studying, or they may be assigned at random from any part of the globe.
Using the CultureGrams Distance Calculator, students should determine how far apart their two countries’ capitals are. Then have them use our World Time tool to determine how many hours separate the two capitals.
Using their notes and our additional queries, the students should write an essay analyzing the prospects for the new unified country. What challenges would the new country face? How would the country benefit? (Full activity.)