An entry activity that helps students connect their prior knowledge of the topic to what they’ll learn about.Why is this important?
New knowledge is constructed from prior knowledge and experiences. The activity starts with the knowledge students currently have and provides context before new knowledge is presented.
A live video interaction where students meet their partner classroom and discover new ideas and perspectives about the topic.Why is this important?
Partner school interactions deepen learning as students apply knowledge to different contexts and practice perspective-taking and communication skills.
A Reflection Circle is an activity that strengthens learning and helps students understand their perspectives and those of others.Why is this important?
Reflection Circles help students make sense of their developing ideas, build community, and encourage honest dialogue for students to navigate challenging issues and questions.
Creative free play is essential for children. Through play, children learn to problem-solve, explore the physical world, and develop social skills. The question is, do kids around the world play the same way? Spark your students’ curiosity by partnering with another classroom to discover everyone’s favorite way to play. To prepare for the exchange, your class will read a story about creative play, discuss play preferences, and prepare to share. In a live video interaction, classes will compare ways to play and discuss similarities and differences in play across communities.
After reading a storybook about creative play, students brainstorm ways to play and prepare to share their favorite kinds of play. Students learn where their partner classroom is located and predict how their new friends play.
In a live video interaction with the partner classroom, classes introduce themselves, compare play preferences and ask/answer questions.
Students gather in a circle to reflect on what they learned about how kids play; they discuss how kids’ experiences were similar and different, as well as how they are inspired to play in new ways.
Every community is composed of social, environmental, and spatial components, yet we often stop paying attention to the familiar features that make our communities unique. Take a look outside with your students to identify key features and a create a simple map of the school’s surroundings, then compare the features represented on your maps to satellite views of the community. Prepare to share key details with a partner classroom who has never seen your school or its neighborhood. Classes will use cardinal directions to communicate mapped features and listen carefully to draw a simple map of their partner school’s surroundings. Students will identify similarities and differences between the school communities, and ask clarifying questions about cultural and geographic features they are curious to know more about.
To create a simple map of their school, students look outside the classroom and view satellite images. Students prepare to share key features with their partner classroom, learn where their partner class is located, and predict what their partner school’s neighborhood looks like.
In a live video, interaction with the partner classroom, classes introduce themselves, clearly communicate key map features, listen carefully to draw a map of the partner school, compare community features, and ask/answer questions.
Students gather in a circle to reflect on how kids’ school neighborhoods are similar and different, and how mapping helps us understand the geographic relationships between school and communities.
In every community around the world, there’s a lot of work to do! Communities and families work best when everyone pitches in to help. Whether kids participate in everyday tasks or problem-solving, lending a hand helps young people develop responsibility, learn to cooperate, and master practical life skills. Kids who take ownership of their roles at home and in their community are more likely to step up to help others outside their neighborhood and to consider themselves part of a global community. In a video interaction, explore how kids get started on the path of civic engagement by asking the question: How do kids contribute to their communities?
Students talk with their peers about how they help in their community. After learning where their partner classroom is located, they predict how their new friends help at home and prepare to connect with their partner classroom.
In a live video interaction with your partner classroom, classes introduce themselves, share how they contribute, and ask/answer questions.
Students gather in a circle to reflect on what they learned about the varied ways in which kids contribute; they discuss how kids’ experiences were similar and different, as well as how they are inspired to help in new ways.
No matter where we live, weather plays a large role in how we experience the world, how we spend our time, and sometimes even how we feel. Understanding the weather can help us live safer lives as well as understand the challenges people in other communities face. Ignite your students’ curiosity about how others experience weather by partnering with another classroom. To prepare for the interaction with your partner, your class will review, discuss, and sort pictures of weather, record the day’s weather, discuss how your community responds to weather challenges, then prepare to share. In a live video interaction, classes will compare weather experiences and discuss similarities and differences in weather, then reflect on the experience.
After reviewing data and pictures showing how weather affects people around the world, students answer questions and sort the weather pictures in a continuum from “pleasant” to “unpleasant.” They also think about how their local community responds to weather and prepare to share their forecast and weather preferences and experiences with their partner classroom. Students then learn where their partner class is located and make predictions about the weather there.
In a live video interaction with the partner classroom, classes introduce themselves, discuss their weather preferences and experiences and ask/answer questions.
Students gather in a circle to reflect on the video interaction and what they learned about the weather experiences of their partner classroom. They discuss how kids’ experiences were similar and different.