How to Build Your Own Country - Mentor Text Funday!

I am dropping by to share a book with all of you and link up with my friends Amanda and Stacia, the Collaboration Cuties for the amazing linky party...

I am sharing a book that I learned about when my daughter brought it home from the school library (and then proceeded to bring it home again and again and again, she may just love it).

It is How to Build Your Own Country by Valerie Wyatt.

Here is the description from Amazon:

How to Build Your Own Country is an interactive and totally original learning experience that shows kids how to build their very own country from scratch. This book, the only one of its kind, offers children the expertise and advice they'll need to plant their flag in the backyard, in the bedroom or online. Kids will be amazed to discover that anyone can do it. Nation-building advice is peppered with examples of events that have shaped countries throughout history, teaching young readers about government, elections, geography and global issues. Backed up with lots of amazing examples of real micronations - some established or ruled by kids - How to Build Your Own Country promises to inspire, entertain and inform young nation-builders. Want to build your very own country from scratch? It's easy: Step 1: Stake Out Your Identity ... with a flag, money and a national anthem. Learn how to put your country's name on the map. Step 2: Run the Country ... with a government, constitution, laws and an economy. Step 3: Meet the Neighbors ? and join other nations on the big issues that face the whole world, such as poverty, global warming, security and international aid. How To Build Your Own Country is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

I love this book. I think it has so many teach possibilities....but I have not actually used it in my own classroom YET!!

Here are some pictures from inside the book. As you can see it is really set up as a great model for student projects.

Fun facts while getting to name their country!!

Branches of the government!!

Woohoo - responsibilities of the government!!

 See you could make a class map with all the new countries!! Each student would make a flag and a fact page. Students could even make trade agreements and peace pacts with each other!!

Look at all the real terms they will learn!!

 This book is full of fun facts and humorous ideas that will really engage your students while teaching them about the different types of governments and the responsibilities of governments to govern and care for their people.

Of course I think you should add a bit about what sports their country would participate in at the Olympics - would they be a summer or winter kinda country?

Which leads me to Sunday Funday. I am also linking up with  Molly and Deidre for their new linky...

Our Sunday Funday started at 7 a.m. (gasp) when we got up to watch the gold medal hockey game.

It has been so fun watching all of the great sports we don't get to see very often and hear all the stories of these amazing athletes and their dedication. Looking forward to tonight's closing ceremonies too. So proud of all the athletes - love, love, love the Olympics. So sad to see them end.


  1. This book looks amazing! I will be purchasing this for sure. Thanks so much for sharing. :)
    Come Visit Readbox!

  2. Congrats to your Canadians - a very great game, indeed. That book looks awesome! I am totally passing along to my sister who teaches 5th graders. Awesome! Hope you have a fun week, my friend!!

    Lucky to Be in First

  3. I loved your book recommendation - it opens up plenty of opportunities for creativity. My husband very excited that Team Canada won the hockey, too. Hey, what does "slainte" mean in Molly's signature in the above comment?

  4. We were so sad to see the Olympics end this morning, too! Glad to have found your in the linky!
    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

  5. That book looks like so much fun! I can see why your daughter loves it. It would be great for teaching government. I am sure you enjoyed the hockey much more up there then we did down here! :)

    Eclectic Educating

  6. Looks like a great book. It's hard to believe that the winter Olympics are coming to an end. Will be watching the ceremonies, too.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  7. That book looks awesome!

    I have a couple of Canadian friends on my Facebook feed. I didn't even have to watch to know the outcome today!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  8. I just ordered it on! Can't wait to use this. My gifted kiddos will LOVE this! I woke up at 7 am too, but it was because a flash flood warning on my phone ripped me out of my beauty sleep. I wasn't happy because I need every second I can get of that. XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  9. Congrats on the win! What a cool book. I will have to remember this for when my little kids get bigger. Thanks so much for link up with us!
    A Burst of First

  10. O.
    I {heart} you!!! This is so stinkin' awesome!!! This goes so great with all of my SS curriculum since we go from explorers (staking their claim) to the American Revolution (creating their own country) to building a government!!! I am going to HAVE to find this book and get it! This would be great for a culminating project at the end of the year!!!! Wahoo!!!
    Thank you thank you!!
    Collaboration Cuties


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