Countries are called by different names depending on who’s doing the calling. Is it The United States of America or Les États-Unis? Deutschland or Germany? A country’s own name for itself is called an endonym, and at endonymmap.com you can find a map of the world’s endonyms. The map at the site allows you to zoom in and explore more fully, but here are a few interesting close ups:
Did you know there are thousands of unique Cinderella stories told throughout the world? If you study the continents in your social studies curriculum, this is a great way to connect content areas. My students loved finding each country on the map and naming its continent before reading the corresponding fairy tale!