Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

Aboriginals and Early Settlers – Math Component

New Lesson Plan on Human Rights & the First Nations people…
Aboriginal and Early Settlers – Math Component by Riva Gewarges. Thank you Riva for the lesson plan submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The overall goal of this lesson is to introduce students to the concept of human rights by focusing on the historical and present impacts European colonization of Canada using mathematics. This lesson provides a basis which can then be expanded to allow students to read, describe, and interpret primary data presented in charts and graphs, including vertical and horizontal graphs.

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Garbage or Art?

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Education & the 3Rs…
Garbage or Art? by Meaghan Harrison. Thanks to Meaghan for submitting the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The focus of this lesson is to encourage the 3Rs in the artistic expression of the students. Students will have the opportunity to view art pieces made from recycled materials and discuss the benefits of using these materials as an artist. Students will bring in their own recycled material (tin can) to create an Environment-themed artwork, helping create a connection between real-life practices (reusing tin can) with the artistic world.

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Environmental Lesson Plans in Collaboration with Friends of the Earth (FOE)

New Lesson Plan Package on the Environment!
Environmental Lesson Plans in Collaboration with FOE by Kevin Doan, Jesse Graham, Holly Johnson, Esther Lax & Bhavini Sachdev. Thanks to the group for submitting their lesson plan package. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Resource Package Description:
As a group, our vision was to tackle an issue that we felt strong about. We decided that there was no better place to look than the world we live in. This resource package was designed to help teachers and other educators begin to deal with the issues in our environment. Issues like reducing our carbon footprint, sustainability, and green washing are all touched on within this package. It was our goal to educate students on viable and sustainable strategies that would get them to critically analyze and change their current practices. Our approach was not to simply educate these students; rather we wanted to open their eyes to what they can do to help.

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Child Labour & Fair Trade: An Educator’s Resource Kit

New Resource Kit on Child Labour, Fair Trade, Peace & Social Justice!
Child Labour & Fair Trade Resource Kit by Kiloran Fensom, Kim Phillips, Ashleigh Ellis, Nick Cordiero, Tom McLean, Vanessa D’Addario and Katherine Sheafer. Thank you to the group for submitting their resource package for publication. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Resource Description:
As teachers, we hope to help our students become critical thinkers and responsible global citizens. Therefore, we believe that incorporating ideas of peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability throughout the curriculum is of the essence. We created this package to assist teachers who would like to integrate the issues of child labour and Fair Trade into their own classrooms. Character development has become a focal point in Ontario schools. Introducing issues such as child labour, child trafficking, and Fair Trade can help develop initiatives such as empathy, fairness, responsibility, appreciation, and integrity.

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Hula Hooping for Health & Happiness

New Unit Plan on Environmental Sustainability & Human Rights!
Hula Hooping for Health and Happiness by Natalia Przednowek, Caring Gibner, Elise Milbradt, Yael Kolet & Emily Scott. Thank you to the group for contributing their lesson plan package. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Unit Plan Description:
This package reflects the goals of Developing a Global Perspective for Educators (DGPE) through our emphasis on the themes of environmental sustainability and human rights. It is designed for educators interested in incorporating global perspectives in their classroom. This resource offers introductory lessons for incorporating hula-hoops into grades 2-6 Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum, as well as a cross curricular grade 5/6 exemplar and other cross curricular ideas! Hula-hooping can be used in the classroom as a non-competitive activity that promotes a link between the physical education curriculum and concepts of stability, locomotion, manipulation, body & spatial awareness, and general movement principles. These lessons are aimed to promote the enjoyment of movement to combat inactivity and promote environmental sustainability through an awareness of the materials used to create toys.

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Meaningful Gifts

New Lesson Plan on Social Justice, Human Rights & Poverty!
Meaningful Gifts by Rosalie Emery. Thanks to Rosalie for the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Meaningful Gifts allows students to practice mathematical skills using whole numbers up to 1000 while doing an activity that is both relevant and realistic. After problem solving in small groups, the students will have the opportunity to purchase items (school supplies, sheep, chickens, etc.) from the World Vision catalogue that can be used to help children struggling with poverty. Finally, students will have the opportunity to share their rationale behind their chosen items.
Note: This lesson also includes a cross-cultural dimension on Human Rights which can be expanded into a unit. Students will discover how some children in other cultures/countries live in poverty, what that means, and how we can help. There is an emphasis on social justice by promoting discussion about issues such as equality, gender and human rights.

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How Much Are We Using?

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
How Much Are We Using? by Jennifer Rogers. Thank you, Jennifer for submitting your lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
This lesson is aimed at getting the students to investigate environmental sustainability through consumption and recycling. Students will be investigating how much of a recyclable good it takes to create one new product (example: how many plastic water bottles does it take to make a new water bottle? A cellular phone?). Students will create a list of the quantities and then be responsible for sharing the information within the school by creating posters or dramatic skits to inform their peers of the importance of recycling and consumption.

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What’s Your Name?

New Lesson Plan on Social Justice, Acceptance and Inclusion!
What’s Your Name? by Kherta Mohamed. Thank you, Kherta for submitting the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
The intent of this lesson is to inspire students to develop/enhance their capacity for empathy. By reading The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, students will begin to understand the importance of being accepting of and learning from cultural difference. Sharing their thoughts in a talking circle will allow students the opportunity to identify situations in their own lives where they have been new to a city or country and have experienced similar feelings of fear and uncertainty as those of Unhei, the main character. This story offers teachers to incorporate issues of social justice, acceptance and inclusion into their classroom discussions. The story builds upon the idea that young students can and do have the agency to spur positive change in their own lives and the lives of others through their social interactions. The lesson culminates with an arts-based activity in which students make their own name stamps using a variety of materials they have brought from home.

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