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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In the News: Water on First Nations Reservations

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability & Water Crisis…
In the News: Water on First Nations Reservations by Jessica Landry. Thank you Jessica for sharing your ideas with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Access to water is not just a problem in the developing world. Some communities in Canada don’t have access to running water in their homes. In this lesson, students will be introduced to a particular news story about a Manitoba First Nations community that doesn’t have access to running water.

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Let Pharady Enjoy Her Childhood

New Lesson Plan on Human Rights & Child Labour…
Let Pharady Enjoy Her Childhood by Alina Orlea. Thanks to Alina for the lesson plan submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
This lesson discusses children’s rights, and the contemporary situation of child labour across the world. It invites students to reflect on the premises of their childhood, to compare them with the ones from a developing country, and to take action by writing a letter in which they will ask the owner of a factory to address the situation. By performing this task, the students will enhance their ability to think critically, and they will practice their writing skills regarding how to edit a letter.

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Imagine Being Me

New Lesson Plan on Social Justice & Individuals with Disabilities…
Imagine Being Me by Jennifer Lim Yan Cheung. Thanks to Jennifer for sharing the lesson plan with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Students will explore the concept of disability, not as an individual flaw or problem but as something that is partly created by the world we live in. In addition, students will learn that disabilities are not shortcomings or sad but something that celebrates individuality and difference. It is important for students to be exposed to the topic of disabilities in order to reduce the stigma and discomfort that is asociated with people with disabilities.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

New Lesson Plan on Human Rights!
Interpreting Meaning in Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Mark Naser. Thank you, Mark for the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Students will learn how to interpret broader ideas from texts, specifically poetry. Focus will be given to Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Students will consider how symbols work to maximize the effect – and meaning – of the poem. Also, students will explore the notion of being imprisoned, and consider how freedom is a fundamental human right regardless of one’s race or nationality.

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Sharing is Caring

New Lesson Plan on Peace and Social Justice!
Sharing is Caring by Sarah Lee. Thank you, Sarah for the submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Through this arts-based activity, not only will students be able to demonstrate their skills in the arts, they will be able to practice their writing as well as explore peace within the classroom. From the read-aloud, to the discussion, to the reflection and writing, it provides a basis for peace and social justice which can then be expanded into the community because “successful language learners make meaningful connections between themselves, what they encounter in texts, and the world around them.” (Ministry of Education, 2006)

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Global Awareness: Floods in Pakistan

New Lesson Plan on International Development and Social Justice!
Global Awareness: Floods in Pakistan by Meghanne Kessels. Thank you to Meghanne for sharing your lesson plan with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The themes of Social Justice and International Development will be explored through the recent floods in Pakistan. In groups of two, students will write and perform a monologue or scene from the perspective of a Pakistani child. There is the option of developing this project into a fundraiser for the Pakistan Flood Relief.

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Transportation & Environmental Sustainability

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Transportation & Environmental Sustainability by Erika Cousens. Thank you to Erika for submitting the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The lesson begins with a Read Aloud by the teacher of the book “We All Go Traveling By” written by Sheena Roberts and illustrated by Siobhan Bell. Discussion of the book, its modes of transportations, its illustrations and its environmental representation. The Read Aloud will be followed by the sing along CD provided with the book. At this time, children will be invited and encouraged to stand, sing along and dance while the teacher follows along with the book in hand. The teacher will explain the different modes of transportation and how each may be helping our environment while others may be more harmful if not used appropriately. The children will be provided with a simple worksheet that involved cutting and gluing different modes of transportation into two different columns, “more environmentally friendly” and “less environmentally friendly”.

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Peace Day

New Lesson Plan on Peace & Social Justice!
Peace Day by Kayla Jeanveau. Thank you, Kayla for the submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
This lesson is designed to teach students about Peace Day. Ideally it should be used on Peace Day, on or near the end of a unit plan. It serves to focus on a theme of Peace and Equality through a read aloud and discussion of the story book ‘Whoever You Are’ by Mem Fox. By creating an open dialect about cultural diversity and equality students will be able to make connections with their peers on a basic human level. Students will learn about Peace Day through the sharing of ideas and creating symbols of peace to decorate the class Peace Tree.

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