Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

Social Action Project: Canadian Aboriginal Children’s Rights

This unit was designed with the intention of educating and engaging grade six students on the issue of Aboriginal children’s rights in Canada, and encouraging them to take action against injustices. Grade six students are a good target population for this social action curriculum project because they learn about the characteristics of various Aboriginal cultures, and the nature of the first contact between the European settlers and Aboriginal people in social studies. The unit is available here.

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Fair Trade

New Lesson Plan on Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability & Fair Trade…
Fair Trade by Jackie Heim. Thank you Jennifer for sharing your ideas with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Fair trade sets out to create better trading conditions for farmers and workers in poor countries. This social movement started in the late 1940’s and seeks to address this inequity. With better working conditions and prices for their goods and less negative environmental impact people have a chance to improve their lives: feed themselves, send their children to school, and meet their basic needs which is the right of every person on this planet. Students will make a connection between hunger, poverty, and non-living wages; they will understand the concept of Fair Trade…

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The Story of Stuff

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
The Story of Stuff by Scott Baker. Thank you, Scott for sharing your lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

From the Author:
I have chosen this lesson because I feel it is extremely important for students to start thinking with a global mindset. All children love their stuff and this lesson will allow them to start thinking about the larger picture that surrounds their possessions. Given the society that we live in where stuff is viewed as a sign of a person’s success, I feel that it is important to get students to think less superficially and start to value things other than “stuff”.

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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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Water for Life

New Unit Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Water for Life by Jessica Lindsay Koop. Thank you, Jessica for sharing your unit plan with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Unit Description:
Why is access to clean drinking water important to all people? I selected this as my essential question because it centers on an issue that is relevant to students’ lives and their communities. Water is an essential element to life and students in Grade 6 will have already learned about water through various topics in Science and Technology. It is important to consider what students already know about water in their environment and how important it is to life. Because students use water on a daily basis for a variety of purposes, this topic is relevant to their lives. Moreover, living in a country and province abundant in natural water resources makes this question particularly relevant to Ontario students.

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Where Am I from?

New Lesson Plan on Peace!
Where Am I from? by Ashley Hayman. Thank you, Ashley for sharing your lesson plan with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
This lesson promotes peace by teaching students about physical and cultural geography of other countries around the world. Students will also gain in depth knowledge about another country and its relationship to Canada. By learning about another country’s geography and people, students will have a chance to learn about another culture beyond the ‘costumes and festivals’ approach to multiculturalism. This in turn helps to promote peace through appreciation and genuine knowledge.

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Recreate & Bash the Trash!

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Recreate and Bash the Trash! by Ashley Fisher. Thank you to Ashley for the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
To draw on student’s previous knowledge of activities that promote excessive waste and take it one step further by not only minimizing their waste but also recreating it into something new and useful. Students will be encouraged to look at other areas of their life and brainstorm about what they can reuse by recreating it rather than throwing it out. At this point in the unit students will be able to recognize that their actions have consequences and today we will further that knowledge by turning our own “junk” into musical treasures instead of waste in a landfill. Students will have the chance to create real instruments out of materials they may have previously thrown away.

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