This is a lesson plan based on the book "Material World" by Peter Menzel. Menzel took photographs of families all over the world with the contents of their home on display. He also had them carefully display their MOST PRIZED POSSESSION in the shot. His goal was to help us relate and connect to other people around the world. He did that by searching out "average families" of around 20 countries.
"Material World" is an excellent jumping off point to teach kids about culture, materialism, consumerism and values.
Students observe, infer and analyze images from the book via Menzel's website OR the book. Students use graphic organizers to collect data about their observations.
Next, students choose an object that they consider their most prized possession and write an essay about the significance of the object.
There is flexibility about the next phase in this lesson . . . students can either share their essay in the form of a speech while showing the object, OR the students can create a movie similar to the one shown here:
This project can be expanded to be shared with other students around the world.
* Lesson Plan for Teacher - 4 pages
* Student Pages - 3 pages Directions for Writing Essay +
Graphic Organizers for Data Collection
* Copy of Sample Movie (Link also shared for movie on
YouTube if you don't have Quicktime)
* Common Core State Standards addressed
***** Book "Material World" not included in package.