see – spreadsheet of ideas? can’t view Teacher’s guide to international collaboration

upcoming global education conference, November 15 – 19, 2010 – he’s from and looking to get kids getting to work on 20 global problems

iearn project “our footprints our future” –

global nomads group – – doing service learning and will bring classes in

presenters reviewed project in which students read articles on website, do comprehension work, draft letters, revise and then post as blog on said site, much in this depends on relationship between teacher and “travel Dean” website author.


note – articles rewritten by teacher for student access, vocab intro prior to read, read with print out, take notes on form – paper pencil, draft on paper, post blog at end.

LearnNC has put out another collection of lesson plans that will work well for Global Scholars. These lessons can be found here:

There are 4 lessons on this page, 3 of which fit elementary curriculum very well:

  • Comparing pottery traditions from around the world
  • “Motor Car and Galimoto” An intercultural lesson in pragmatism, creativity, and perseverance, in which students read about a young boy in Malawi, Africa, and his quest to gather wire in order to make a toy car
  • Studying ecosystems in the mountains in Nepal

LearnNC has an ever growing collection of  lesson plans that incorporate rich multimedia from around the world. Right now they have 19 lessons with more on the way. You will find the lessons here:,teacher%27s+guide.

The lessons all make use of LearnNCs rich collection of multimedia from around the world which can be found here:

Inauguration Resources

January 12, 2009

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 is Presidential Inauguration Day. This is a particularly historic inauguration. Are your students interested in all the attention President-elect Barack Obama has been getting? Are they interested in learning more about presidents, inauguration and government?

Here are some resources to use in the classroom for showing the historical importance of the inauguration.

From Scholastic – This lesson plan is designed to To help students understand the President’s responsibilities and encourage interest in civic participation. It includes a review of the oath of office, poetry, and inaugural address writing.

Hotchalk has a collection of videos from 25 past presidential inaugural addresses here:

Time For Kids has an article on past inaugurations:,27972,93530,00.html . As well as a recent edition dedicated to Barack Obama,27955,081114,00.html

C-SPAN has a compare and contrast lesson idea based on a collection of inaugural addresses from George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and  George W. Bush. The lesson is aimed at middle or high school students, but could be adapted for younger students.

Brief rundown of what the inauguration is, what happens on a timeline, etc. can be found here: This page includes a link to a “Barack Obama Timeline Worksheet” reading comprehension activity.

Here is a SMART Board Notebook file that covers the steps to the presidential election and the inauguration. It includes the oath of office and the vocabulary in the oath.

Learn NC has a collection of Inauguration resources here:

Library of Congress American Memory Project collection – this site has a vast collection of historical images and documents. Here are some of their resources relating to past inaugurations. this page has images from the inaugurations of  George Washington, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, and Woodrow Wilson. is a list of notable events sourounding past inaugurations.

The District of Columbia’s site dedicated to the inauguration: You will find information about the actual event in D.C. here.

Public School Insights website has a big listing of inauguration related materials,, including lesson plans and writing contests.

Want to be President for a Day? Try this from PBSKids it lets you see the kinds of things a president does and how busy the job is.

Virtual Tour of the Whitehouse:

Kiva for Global Scholars

December 18, 2008

Kiva – Loans that Change Lives [] is a micro-lending website. On the site you can browse through a listing of entrepreneurs to find someone that needs a small loan to break out of poverty. In their words:

We Let You Loan to the Working Poor

Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Kiva is a great way to find a Global Scholar service learning project. You can find someone half way around the world  and loan them money. The website has pictures of the entrepreneurs as well as descriptions of their project or business. As they repay the loan you get updates on their business. When the loan is re-payed you can donate the money to Kiva, withdraw it, or loan it back out.

Groups of poeple can come together to make teams on Kiva. There is already an educator team at

If a few classes at a school wanted to sponsor a loan you could make a school team.

Where in the world are you? How do you know? What does that look like?

I am talking about maps here, one of my favorite tried and true Mind Tools – they are a visual representation that makes a ton of data easier to understand and solve problems with. And now with free mapping tools, multimedia and mash ups there are some very interesting maps out there if you poke around a bit.

First kids need to understand how maps work. Here are a few games that teach map skills

Show World [] – this world map lets you select the criteria and the map resizes to show relative amounts in different countries.

Visualize Election Results

Visualize Election Results

US Providential Election Map [] – A state is not blue or red, these maps help us understand the how purple we are.

Atlas of our Changing Environment [] – Uses a google map overlay with before and after images that make environmental changes obvious, deforestation, dams, and climate change are made obvious to the eye.

Hunger Around the World [] – How many people are starving in different countries around the world? Click and zoom to find out.

US Climate at a Glance []: climate map from NOAA – this map will show departures from norm for temperature or rainfall for a time period you specify. You can also click the National link [] to identify climate change trends.

Native American Tribes [] – Native American Tribes organized by clickable state map.

Cham Tower, Vietnam
Cham Tower, Vietnam

LearnNC is building a collection of multimedia resources and lesson plans that help students understand different cultures around the world.

LEARN NC offers a collection of more than 2,000 high-resolution photographs and audio recordings from Asia and Latin America. All include detailed descriptions or transcripts, and most include historical or cultural context to help you use them in your classroom. We’ve also developed slideshows that incorporate many of these resources, and we’re developing lesson plans around them that encourage higher-order thinking and develop visual literacy.

The media collection can be found at I used the search box with the term “World Multimedia” and it took me right to the collection. The collection is here:

You can also go directly to multimedia resources or a particular country by going to the Multimedia Collection at LearnNC and then clicking a link in the Tag Cloud : (scroll down to see tag cloud)

LearnNC is also developing lesson plans that incorporate this multimedia. Many of the lessons are written for middle or high school but could easily be adapted to elementary. Lesson plan collection is here:,teacher’s+guide

These are excellent resources for our Global Scholars!