Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

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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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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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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T-shirts for Change

New Lesson Plan on Social Change!
T-shirts for Change by Dawn Collins. Thank you, Dawn for submitting the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
This lesson is designed to enable students to use graphic design elements that they see daily, for developing their own campaign for social change. The class will look at a variety of posters and will record their response to each and share with the class. Then they will brainstorm how the artist was able to communicate those ideas (design elements). Afterwards the class will list a variety of social and environmental issues affecting the world. Each student will choose an issue that they feel is the most important and write down key concepts and ideas about that issue. Students that have chosen the same issue will then make a short oral presentation to convince their classmates that their issue is the most important. After voting on one issue to represent, each student will design an item (poster, bag or t-shirt) for that cause incorporating the design elements that they brainstormed earlier…

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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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Where Did They Go? A Study of the Sumatran Forest and Its Endangered Species

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Where Did They Go? A Study of the Sumatran Forest and Its Endangered Species by Caitlin Arnold. Thank you, Caitlin for your submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
The forests of Sumatra are home to some of the rarest animals and plant species in the world. It is also the only place on earth where tigers, rhinos, orangutans and elephants live together… This lesson has been designed to raise student’s awareness of these endangered animals and to allow them to apply their knowledge from previous lessons to create posters to raise community awareness. Students will be able to use their previous knowledge to understand the positive and negative impacts of human interaction with natural habitats to assess and evaluate the effects this will have in the future. Students will also be given the chance to identify, link and explain reasons for the depletion of the tiger, rhino, orangutan and elephant species. Students will be given the opportunity to stretch their creative muscles to produce a large poster depicting the present day Sumatran forest habitat and animals juxtaposed with what they think and hypothesize will happen to the Sumatran natural environment if humans continue their negative path of deforestation, poaching and logging…

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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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Students of the World

New Unit Plan!
Students of the World
By Sarah MacKenzie

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Art of War

New Unit Plan!
Art of War
By Sarah MacKenzie

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