This year, my school is a global school. This means that each grade level has a different continent that they are to focus on and teach about. For first grade, our continent is Asia. One thing we have to have is a culture corner. This is a place in your room where things from Asia are set up. At the end of last year, every teacher was given a budget and they had to search for things they wanted to go in their culture corner. Our first grade team decided that we were not going to switch up our things to go to a different classroom. Instead, we were going to keep all of the things that we purchased in our classroom, but defiantly share when someone needed something. Instead, we all decided that one of the things we were going to purchase needed to be at least a pack of 5 (there are 5 teachers on my grade level) and we would distributed those things. This worked out really well because at the beginning of the school year, our stuff had come in and we each got what we ordered, as well as 4 new things.
Now, we have to teach at least 1 global lesson per 9 weeks. This is where we incorporate something global into a lesson that we were already teaching. Instead of teaching just 1 lesson every 9 weeks, first grade decided to do a little bit more. We incorporated this into literacy. We have buckets that we rotate that has a different book in each bucket, but we are teaching the same concept each time. Each rotation will have a a bucket that has a global book in it. So far, I have read the book “The Story about Ping” and “The Name Jar”. My students seem to really enjoy learning about the new things from Asia.
We are also incorporating global lessons into other subjects as well. For science, we are going to be talking about rocks and soil that are from Asia. We are also going to be incorporating something Asia into math as well. I have not done this yet, but one way to do this is to use something like chop sticks as manipulative’s when students are solving word problems or math facts.
Another thing that I can do for writing is to use one of the global books that we have been reading during our whole group literacy time and have the students write about something from that story. One thing I am going to do with the book “The Name Jar” is get my students to ask their families why they were named their name. This way they can get a history of their name. I am also going to have them write their name down in class, as well as the meaning of their name. I will need to look up the meanings of all of their names prior to this though. One of the first grade teachers has already done this and her students loved it. One of her students even came up to me at the end of the day, when she was waiting for her car to pick her up, and told me that her name meant beautiful. She was so proud of this. I am hoping that my students will enjoy leaning the meaning of their names as well.
Is anyone at a school that is a global school? If so, how did you incorporate the global pieces into your lessons? I would love to get some new ideas.