Teacher’s Guide: Global Awareness


One World, One Day

1. Have students make a diary of their typical school day: Do they eat breakfast at home or at school? How do they get to school? What subjects do they learn? What do they do after school and in the evenings.

How is their typical school day like the school day of the kids in the book? How is it different?

2. All around the world, kids love to play. Visit the Thinkquest website to learn how the game hopscotch is played all over the world.

After playing several varieties, discuss how they are similar and how they are different. Poll students to see which version they like best, and create a bar graph of the results.

A Little Peace

1. Discuss the ways in which people can spread a little peace at school. Activities might include inviting a new student to join in during a playground game or volunteering to help a teacher or librarian. Then, ask students to make Peace Posters to put up around school.

2. Design a Welcome-To-School packet to make new students to your school feel at home. The packet might include a map of the school, a letter or picture from a current student, and stories about what makes your school special.

You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World

1. As a class, brainstorm all the things students and their parents/guardians do together, listing items (eating dinner, reading books, walking the dog, etc.) on the board. Ask students to select their favorite activity and create a Thank You card. The card might say, “I like it when we play basketball together” or “I like to read books with you.”

2. All parents used to be kids once. Assign each student to interview one of their parents about their childhood. Where were they born? Where did they grow up? What were their favorite foods, games, and subjects in school? What did they like to do with their own parents? Invite each student to learn one new thing they learned about their mom or dad with the class.

A Cool Drink of Water

1. Ask students to keep a water diary over the weekend. Which activities used water? What are some ways they can reduce their use of water?

2. Select several common household activities that use water (washing the dishes, the car, the dog...) Have students observe these activities at home and time in minutes how long the water runs during each activity.

Next, have the class time how long it takes to fill a gallon milk jug at your classroom sink. Use this number to calculate how many gallons/minute comes out of the tap.

Have students then calculate how many gallons of water were used for each of the activities they observed at home. Ask students, “If you had to haul your own water yourself, carrying a gallon of water in each hand, how many trips to the community water tap would it take to wash the dog?”