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Columbian Encounter

Barbara Cruz

South American Geography

Grade 06 through Grade 08

Themes: Columbian exchange, harvest, human migration, plants

 

Abstract: For many years, Columbus’ historic 1492 voyage had been characterized simply as a “discovery” of new lands. This insensitive and overly simplistic view ignored the peoples who already inhabited the Americas and all of their accomplishments. In addition to considering other perspectives when teaching about Columbus’ voyages, the topic is especially fruitful in discussing the wide- and far-reaching consequences of contact between hemispheres. This lesson will underscore the importance of cultural diffusion while strengthening geographic skills. Teachers are encouraged to consult Alfred W. Crosby’s influential 1973 work, The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492. The interchange included animal and plant exchanges, pathogens, human migrations (forced and voluntary) and the cultural exchanges of ideas, technology and other human artifacts.

Curriculum Standards: Culture; Individual Development and Identity; Individuals, Groups and Institutions; Global Connections

Geographic Focus: North America

Class Periods*: 1

Author: Barbara Cruz

Related Files: Lesson Plan | Hand Out | World Harvest Transparency | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.

 

 

World Origins of Our Class

Barbara Cruz

American History and Government

Grade 06 through Grade 08

Themes: communication, culture, diversity, global studies, sociology

 

Abstract: One of the adages heard time and again is that the United States is a melting pot of the world’s cultures. This activity underscores students’ global connections, fosters inter-generational communication, develops research skills and can lead to positive self-esteem and appreciation for diversity. By incorporating students’ personal stories and their cultural knowledge and experiences, the activity supports the understanding of social studies content.

Curriculum Standards: Culture; Global Connections

Geographic Focus: United States

Class Periods*: 1

Author: Barbara Cruz

Related Files: Lesson Plan | Family Interviews | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.

 

 

International Women’s Suffrage

Barbara Cruz

World History, Government and Geography

Grade 06 through Grade 12

Themes: countries, men, suffrage, voting, women

 

Abstract: The right to vote is a significant component in exercising political power and effecting change. Suffrage is an important measure of full citizenship and often leads the way to obtaining other rights (Seager, 1986). Historically, most countries have granted women suffrage at a later date than men and after much resistance. In some countries, the struggle continues, and thus women are not fully enfranchised worldwide.

Curriculum Standards: Culture; Individual Development and Identity; Individuals, Groups and Institutions; Civic Ideals and Practices

Geographic Focus: Global

Class Periods*: 1

Author: Barbara Cruz

Related Files: Lesson Plan | Discussion Questions | Women’s Vote Worldwide Handout | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.

 

 

Global Interdependence

Barbara Cruz

Economics,

Grade 06 through Grade 08

Themes: Economics, global, technology, transportation

 

Abstract: Common objects that are found in our classrooms and in students’ homes oftentimes come from faraway places. With the development of new technologies in communication and transportation, our world is quickly becoming a much smaller place. By examining where commonplace objects were created or assembled, students can come to the realization that we are truly part of a global community and that decisions made around the world can affect their everyday lives.

Curriculum Standards: Global Connections

Geographic Focus: Global

Class Periods*: 1

Author: Barbara Cruz

Related Files: Lesson Plan | International Trade Worksheet | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.


 

 

International Bingo

Barbara Cruz

Economics, Geography,

Grade 06 through Grade 08

Themes: bingo, global, global connection

 

Abstract: This modified game of bingo underscores the many global connections that may be present in the classroom. Within the familiar context of a bingo game, students are to obtain signatures from classmates in order to complete an entire row across, down, or diagonally.

Curriculum Standards: Global Connections

Geographic Focus: Global

Class Periods*: 1

Author: Barbara Cruz

Related Files: Lesson Plan | Game Sheet | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.

 

 

The Global Parking Lot

Barbara Cruz

World Economics

Grade 06 through Grade 08

Themes: community

 

Abstract: This learning activity enables students to consider the impact of international trade on their community by examining one product: automobiles. Using the faculty parking lot, students analyze the country of origin of the cars, plot the data, and calculate percentages.

Curriculum Standards: Global Connections

Geographic Focus: Global

Class Periods*: 1

Author: Barbara Cruz

Related Files: Lesson Plan | Data Sheet | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.

 

 

I Am A Global Consumer

Barbara Cruz

Economics,

Grade 06 through Grade 08

 

Abstract: In this activity, students analyze how many of the goods, clothing, food and other items they consume and use daily are exports from other countries. By completing “I Am A Global Consumer,” students find ten objects in their home that were made or otherwise imported from other countries.

Curriculum Standards: Global Connections

Geographic Focus: Global

Class Periods*: 1

Author: Barbara Cruz

Related Files: Lesson Plan | Recording Sheet | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.

 

 

International Trade

Barbara Cruz

Economics, Geography,

Grades 06 through 9


 

Abstract: Today, more than ever, the United States is part of a complex international economic system. All countries specialize in some goods and services that they sell to other countries, on which they are dependent for other goods and services.

Curriculum Standards: Production, Distribution and Consumption

Geographic Focus: United States

Class Periods*: 1

Author: Barbara Cruz

Related Files: Lesson Plan | Where in the World? | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.

 

Maquiladoras

Barbara Cruz

Economics, Latin American Studies, Human Rights,

Grade 9 -12

Themes: economy, global studies, goods, products, trade

 

Abstract: This lesson deals with drawing comparisons to the labor problems that resulted in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy in the U.S. with examples from the more current “Maquiladoras” (factories owned by American businesses operating in Mexico) crisis effecting predominantly female workers in Mexico.

Curriculum Standards: Global Connections:

Geographic Focus: United States

Class Periods*: 1

Author: Barbara Cruz

Related Files: Lesson Plan | PowerPoint |Multiple Attachments | Download All Files As .ZIP

*based on a 55-minute class period.

 

 

 

Global Schools Project

Global Schools Lesson Plans

Department of Secondary Education

Social Studies Education

 

Lesson Plans

The following links provide entry to the Lesson Plans developed by the Global Schools Project Fellows. Most all of the plans can be infused into middle or high schools social studies courses to provide interdisciplinary, global education perspectives to your students.

Although categorized by the following headings, many of the lesson plans would meet multiple state or NCSS Thematic standards.

Economics

Environment

History

Human Rights

Politics/International Relations

Social Studies General

 

The lesson plans can be downloaded by going to one of the above areas and selecting the plan.

  

 

 

 

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