Countries of the Equator Book

Lesson #7543

Make a book with various facts regarding the 13 countries the equator passes through.

Create unique lacing reports or borders for any subject area for learning fun! Consider highlighting the seven continents and posting on or above the social studies bulletin board.

Students research geography and facts about the 13 countries that are on the equator.

12882-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Africa - Large 12887-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Asia - Large 12894-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - South America - Large 13308-SM-Ellison SureCut Die - Flag #1 - Small 23807-XL-Ellison SureCut Die - Lacing Square - XL

Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue, Scissors, Tag Board, World Map, Yarn

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut 13 XL Lacing Squares using green cardstock, tag board or construction paper.
  2. Cut thirteen 4 1/2" x 7" pieces of green paper, which will cover the holes in the center of the Lacing Square. Be sure to leave the outer holes on both sides of the card uncovered for lacing.
  3. Cut thirteen 4" x 6 1/2" pieces of blue paper for the top of each of the green papers (see Main Photo).
  4. Die-cut 13 SM Flags using yellow-gold paper. The 13 countries the equator passes through, going from South America east are Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Sao Tome & Principe, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Maldives, Indonesia and Kiribati.
  5. The flag for each country can be found on the computer. Color print or print and then color each flag with crayons or colored pencils. Print the flags so they will mount on the SM yellow-gold Flag backing. Adhere a colored flag to each Flag die-cut.
  6. Die-cut three LG South America, seven LG Africa and two LG Asia, using white construction paper.
  7. Computer or hand print facts about each country on the bottom 2/5 of the green paper. These facts could include average rainfall, capital, language spoken, longitude and latitude and population. Adhere to the Square with glue or other adhesive, leaving the holes on each side open (Figure A).
  8. Adhere each piece of 4" x 6 1/2" piece of blue paper to the top of each green paper (see Main Photo).
  9. Using a map as reference, hand cut shapes for the islands of Sao Tome & Principe, Maldives, Indonesia and Kiribati (Figure B).
  10. Computer or hand print the name of each country on gold paper.
  11. Adhere the matching continent, island, flag and name to each Lacing Square (Figure C).
  12. Cut sixty 6" pieces of yarn for each book. Starting with Ecuador and going east, lace the Lacing Squares together (see Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

Science: Earth and Space Science

  • As a result of the activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of the structure of the earth's system.

Source:National Science Education Standards

Social Studies: People, Places and Environments

Pre-K-12: Standard 3

  • Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of people, places and environments. The study of people, places and human-environment interactions assists learners as they create their spatial views and geographic perspectives of the world. Geographic concepts become central to learners' comprehension of global connections as they expand their knowledge of diverse cultures, both historical and contemporary.

National Council for the Social Studies, Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (Washington, D.C.: NCSS, 1994). This book may be purchased by calling 800-683-0812. Electronic copies of it are not available.

Source:Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

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