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Captivate your students from upper elementary through high school with a tour through the eye-opening and thought-provocative children’s book, Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Country.
This makes a great beginning of the year, end of the year, emergency sub plans, after the course exam, or right before break activity and incorporates easily in your World History, Geography, or Global Issues course!
Your students will end this activity series able to:
- Deeply analyze both photos and statistics about how other people in the world live
- Compare and contrast their lives and worldly possessions with those around the world
- Strengthen their own sense of humble privilege in this world
Greatness is appreciating what separates and connects one’s self with the rest of the world.
Few teenagers know the world beyond their own surroundings and many have no idea that the vast majority of fellow humans live in world of abject poverty, unsanitary conditions, and limited means of opportunity. Yet at the same time, share tremendous similarities of emotion and spirit, of a taste for modernized foods and technology, and strong ties of family and culture.
Guide your students through this engaging children’s book as they wonder and build towards answering this not-so-simple question: “How do other people around the world live?”
Guide your students to become globally aware citizens in this 1-2 day activity!
Included in this complete lesson:
- 1-page teacher overview, standards, outcomes, and notes
- 2-page student worksheet
Note: this book is easy to find either at your local library or online; links are provided.
Want to expand on this activity?
Children’s Book Activity Bundle: explore 4 different eye-opening books about the world’s people with BONUS conceptual definition activity and extended writing assessment
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--- Water PBL Unit: explores the problems and solutions in maintaining this finite resource
--- Fossil Fuels PBL Unit: explores the problems and solutions of our biggest addiction
--- Garbage PBL Unit: explores the problems and solutions of our consumeristic, disposable lifestyles
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