ERIC Number: ED199136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Do You Have To...To? A Global Perspectives Experimental Unit.
Starr, Judy; Casaus, Karen
This unit of study on global perspectives contains activities to help elementary students respect and understand the traditions, cultures, and values of other people and themselves. Unit objectives include the following: (1) to teach children that there exist commonalities of meeting basic human needs; (2) to assist the child in looking closer at his life style and understand why he has the life style he does; (3) to help the child believe it is okay to be different; and (4) to encourage group discussion wherein all opinions are considered. The material can be used as a total unit of study or the activities can be integrated into the curriculum throughout the year. Some examples of the activities follow. In one activity, which focuses on the cultural universal of material, the children are asked to debate the question "Do you have to receive presents to celebrate your birthday?" The children must use the library to find out how other cultures celebrate birthdays and present their findings to the class through a puppet show or a role-playing activity. Another cultural universal studied is the arts, play, and recreation. First a poll is taken on the question "Do you have to be a boy to be successful in sports?" The children must make a chart listing all the sports they know. They are asked to check the box (boy, girl, or both) to indicate who the individual child feels would be successful in the particular sport. They then ask the P.E. instructor for his/her opinion about the same sports and compare the results with the class results. Each child then has to research two people in sports, one female and one male, and report to the class by oral, written, or taped report. Other topics explored are: "Do you have to shake hands to say hi?" (language and non-verbal communication); "Do you have to have both parents to be a family?" (social organization); "Do you have to do everything your friends do to keep them as friends?" (social control); "Do you have to agree with your parents to be an acceptable family member?" (conflict and warfare); "Do you have to have money to get what you want?" (economic organization); "Do you have to go to school to learn?" (education); and "Do you have to be buried to have a funeral?" (world views). (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Awareness, Economics Education, Elementary Education, Family Life, Global Approach, Religion, Sex Discrimination, Social Studies, Units of Study, Values Education
Albuquerque Teachers' Learning Center, 712 Girard N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87112 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Albuquerque Teachers' Learning Center, NM.