Captivate your students from upper elementary through high school with a tour through 4 eye-opening and thought-provocative children’s books: Material World, Hungry Planet, If the World Were a Village, and Toy Stories.
This makes a great beginning of the year, end of the year, emergency sub plans, after the course exam, or right before break activity!
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 with those around the world in regards to food, shelter, and belongings
- Develop a nuanced definition and understanding of what it means to be human
- Collect their learning and reflection into an organized extended written response
- Strengthen their own sense of humble privilege in this world
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 a variety of children’s books as they wonder and build towards answering this not-so-simple question: “How do other people around the world live?”
You will set each of your students up for success in this high interest, multi-faceted
activity pack, regardless of ability, with highly scaffolded graphic organizers, concept definition notes, and supplemental resources included at each step of the way.
Empower your students to become globally aware citizens in this quick, yet powerful 3-4 day activity!
Each book activity is completely independent of each other- mix and match depending on time constraints, student ability, or personal interests. Yet, also are coordinated together with a growing concept definition and culminating written assessment.
Included in this complete activity pack:
- Overview and step-by-step lesson plans
- Writing rubrics in both CCSS-aligned and generic formats, plus in editable Word format for customization
- 17-slide editable PowerPoint slideshow of student directions, prompts, and links to resources
Student Materials & Activities
- Concept Definition Sheet
to record and reflect on learning
- Material World
to analyze what the world possesses where they live
- Hungry Planet
to analyze what the world eats
- Toy Stories
to analyze how the world plays
- If the World Were a Village
to analyze demographic statistics of the world’s people
- Culminating Extended Written Response
to demonstrate learning and personal reflection
Note: these 4 books are easy to find either at your local library or online; links are provided.
Want to turn this into a whole unit?
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--- What’s My Eco Footprint PBL Mini Unit:
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Sustainability PBL Unit:
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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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