Divided World

Stand-Alone Project
Social Studies or Inquiry Learning
Curriculum Level: 3 to 5
Investigating  |  Communicating


Want your learners engaged and interested in the world?

Sometimes, our students don’t realise how lucky we are in New Zealand, and how difficult life can be in other countries. Divided World is a stand-alone project that engages students and helps them understand how different the living conditions are between countries. It might also help them appreciate life in New Zealand.

Students are guided to create a presentation to compare and contrast the living standards of a developed and a developing country of their choice. Their project could be completed over several class lessons or as a homework task.

Divided World is self-contained and perfect for busy teachers who like using well-designed and reliable resources. The teacher support material is useful for any teacher, but particularly for those new to the profession. As stand-alone projects, they can be used any time of year and provide students an opportunity for independent inquiry.

The online resource pack includes an introductory Powerpoint presentation, teacher notes, full-colour task sheet, google docs version, student example and a suggested marking schedule. All documents are editable and customisable for your individual school needs.

Divided World

Stand-Alone Project
$ 25 +gst
  • Online Access to files and resources
  • Add access for additional staff members
  • Access to updated or added files, links or resources.

Curriculum Level: 3 to 5
This unit is structured to assess social studies skills and understanding:
Investigation & Research Skills
Key Competency: Using Language , symbols and texts

What’s in the Package?

You get online access to an exclusive member’s area where you can access or download all of the resources.

A highly visual PowerPoint presentation to introduce students to the world of abandoned places

Teacher notes that match the Powerpoint presentation slides to describe, explain and add detail to the introduction. Setting the scene for the project.

Advice is provided about carrying out the project.

A student example is included in the introduction to show learners what a finished presentation might look like.

A beautiful full-colour instruction sheet that you can print and give to the students. It contains the task instructions and examples of abandoned places for students to investigate.

The instructions can also be given to students as a Google Doc for digital environments or for classes that use Google Classroom.
The Google Doc contains the task instructions and examples of abandoned places for students to investigate. 
They could also use the document as a place to collect their information.

Links are provided to videos and articles that the teacher may choose to use with their learners.

A guide with options for marking the social studies skills and the understanding covered in the project. An editable version is also supplied so you can customise it for your school.


Melanie Giles
Melanie GilesSacred Heart Girls' College (Hamilton)
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This task package is perfect for our students who were about to undertake an economic/environmental inquiry prior to lockdown. This helps build their skill set and deepen their understanding in preparation for the inquiry.
David Kennedy
David KennedyWaiheke High School
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An interesting project, I tweaked the instructions so students could also create an infographic to show the difference between each country’s standard of living.

The Divided World stand-alone project was created in: Aug 2021

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