Children's Book Author Barbara Kerley
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 do they do after school and in the evening?  Ask them to create a poster (My favorite part of the day is...) by filling in the blank and drawing a picture of themselves during their favorite daily activity.

2.  All around the world, kids love to play.  Explore cultural similarities and differences (and get a little exercise!) by comparing how the game hopscotch is played around the world.  Visit the Thinkquest website for diagrams and rules for how hopscotch is played in Aruba, Bolivia, France, and the U.S.

After playing, discuss how the games are similar and how they are different.  Which were the most fun to play, and why?

Next, take a student poll: which version did each student enjoy the most?  Create a bar graph to display the class results.

As a follow-up, invite students to teach the class's favorite version of the game to students from another class during recess.

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A Little Peace

1.  Discuss ways in which people can spread a little peace.  Activities might include saying hello to a new student at school or child in the neighborhood, volunteering in a community group, or reading a book about a culture different than your own.  Then, ask students to make Peace Posters of different ways to spread a little peace.

2.  Discuss how learning about other cultures can promote tolerance and peace.  Then enjoy one of the following lessons from the National Geographic teacher web site:

Greeting Friends from Other Places (K - 2)

Cultural Goggles: Same Holy Land, Different Holidays (K - 2)

Weeping Camel: Finding Rituals in Our Daily Lives (K - 2)

Alike and Different: The Middle East and the United States (3 - 5)

Where In The World?  Using a Geographic Perspective to Identify Destinations for a Class Trip (3 - 5)

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

1.  As a class, brainstorm all the things students and their parents 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 for their parent(s).  The inside might read: "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 share one new thing they learned about their mom or dad with the class.

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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, washing a car, washing the dog, rinsing down the driveway, etc.).  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 and use this number to calculate how many gallons/minute water comes out of the tap.

Have students then calculate how many gallons of water were used for each activity (washing the dishes, the car... etc.)

Then ask students, "If you had to haul your own water yourself, assuming you can carry a gallon milk jug in each hand, how many trips to the community water tap would it take to wash the dog?"

3.  Learn more about where your community's drinking water comes from in this National Geographic lesson plan:

Splish Splash: Water's Journey to My Glass  (K - 2)

4.  For more lesson plans about water (including fun water poems and songs), see the Community Service Action Guides website.

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