ERIC Number: ED307224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Global Issues in the Intermediate Classroom: Grades 5-8. Revised Edition.
Johnson, Jacquelyn; And Others
Presenting concepts and information related to global issues at an early age is important in developing an understanding of and tolerance for other cultures. Seeing other peoples' commonalities can help break down the myths and stereotypes that form around groups who are perceived as "strange" and encourage open attitudes toward new ideas. Global perspectives can help students sift through such complex issues as conflict and racism and begin to separate fact from fiction in order to formulate solutions to age-old problems. Students should see the contemporary world as an integrated system and realize that interdependence of countries and peoples exist at many levels. This book contains 24 activities designed to help teachers achieve these goals. Three activities are designed to stimulate student thinking about the importance of learning about other parts of the world and their own relationship to these areas. Six activities deal with the study of global systems, and five each concern human values, global issues and problems, and global history. Each activity includes an introduction, a list of objectives, an estimate of time required, a list of necessary materials, and step-by-step procedures. Some provide suggested follow-up exercises, lists of related resources, teacher background information, and/or student handout masters. Topics covered include "School Rules Around the World"; "Sharing Our Global Environment"; "Fighting AIDS"; "Humankind's Better Moments"; and "Global Burgers," which explores the influence of U.S. products on other cultures. An annotated list of 24 additional resources and 26 organizations concludes this book. (GEA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; Denver Univ., CO. Center for Teaching International Relations.