Global Gab

It's Not EXTRA! Kids LOVE it! (2nd Edition)

We LOVE Globalization!

The UCPS Global Teacher Leaders met on January 28, 2016. We spent time sharing the ideas highlighted below. We also spent time participating in The World of 100: A Global Simulation Activity for Classrooms or Larger Groups. This is a simulation activity demonstrating the differences and inequalities in the use of and control over global resources. In effect, the activity is a scripted play, with the action taking place in a global setting. The Global Teacher Leaders were very moved and impacted by this activity. We immediately began thinking about how this activity could be used in the classroom Here are a few ideas of how this activity could be used:

  • K-3: You could use a portion of the script to highlight certain aspects like education, transportation, and food to try and develop empathy as you go through each one.
  • Visual for lower grades: International Day in gym with students observing or even presentation of 4th & 5th grade to lower grades as global activity.- Would manipulate script to focus on the priorities trying to get students to understand/comprehend. (Embed pauses for short videos of children unable to attend school, thus having to work and gather water), etc… Provide visuals of the actual countries on floor, etc..
  • Upper Elementary - give each group a circle template for each topic you wish to cover (ex: food, wealth, etc.) and an assigned color. As a class give each group the % related to the topic and have them create a pie graph to represent their groups part. Then have them cut it out and place on a class template labeled for their group. This will provide a visual along with math skills to the activity.
  • 3-5: Have students wear a sign to represent each country as you present the information. It could be done in one lesson or a two. Then have the students research their country and make a google presentation of what they learned and how the activity changed them.
  • 5th - 8th Grade: Emphasis on Human decisions impacting how civilizations either gained power or completely do not exist anymore. Looking at the various parts of the world in History in terms of World Power and Compare. Science perspective 8th grade when learning about epidemics, water quality and quantity.
  • Middle or High School: Complete the activity over several days for middle/high so they can have background info on countries they will be assigned to. Use as a launching point for discussing global issues or a global issues research project.
  • HIgh School: interdisciplinary activity with world history and/or civics with earth & environmental course followed by a Socratic discussion with themes / thoughts that emerge as a result of the activity
  • Watch PBS Time for School documentary when finished.