ERIC Number: ED209125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Global Issues in the Intermediate Classroom, Grades 5-8.
Johnson, Jacquelyn; Benegar, John
This publication contains teacher developed activities for teaching about global issues in grades 5-8. The self-contained activities are organized into three major parts. Part I, "Global Awareness," introduces students to the concept of global education. Students are made aware of the nature of the world and the part they play in it as inhabitants of the planet. For example, the activity, "Global Connections," involves students in interacting with one another to discover how their class is connected to the rest of the world. Using a bingo game format, students look for classmates who fit appropriate squares on their game sheets. Each square represents a certain kind of "global connection." Through the activities in Part II, "Global Interdependence," students learn that they are connected to other people and countries in countless ways and that these links exist across cultures as well as time and distance. In the "Peanut Butter Crunch" activity, students examine the effects of the drought of 1980 on the manufacturing of peanut butter. Because of the drought and the lifting of the peanut import quota, the United States began to import peanuts from China, India, and Argentina. In other activities, students examine the relationship between the United States and oil exporting nations, variations in the price of gasoline, and multinational corporations. Part III contains activities designed to teach cross cultural understanding. Students analyze the news for violations of human rights and examine the McDonald's fast food restaurant chain as a worldwide phenomenon. Related resources in the ERIC system are cited. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Global Approach, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Social Studies, Teacher Developed Materials, World Affairs, World Problems
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., SSEC Publications, 855 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 ($8.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
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