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"It's a Small World After All"

5th graders Maddie and Rajuan during Globalization classes

"It's a Small World After All" for Hemby Bridge students this year! Every Friday, classes are learning about geography and world cultures in Globalization classes. Students rotate between Mrs. Shikany, Ms. Phillips, Mrs. Mullis, and classroom assistants in order to provide shared planning times for classroom teachers and to meet our county's directive on diversity and globalization instruction.

Mrs. Shikany's current lessons include learning about food around the world with grades K-3. We learned that the cinnamon used in your apple pie comes from the island of Sri Lanka! Upper grades are investigating the travels of a T-shirt with grades 4 and 5. Did you know that a T-shirt typically travels 17,000 miles from the cotton field to the factory to the person who buys it?

Ms. Phillips and Mrs. Mullis have been comparing and contrasting various versions of the classic story Goldilocks and the 3 Bears with the Kindergarteners. Students hear several stories and talk about setting and characters and how one change can transform the entire story. Kinders will also learn about different versions of The Three Little Pigs. Ms. Phillips and Mrs. Mullis have created global centers for grades 1-5. These centers include map skills, naming all 50 states of the U.S. and animals from around the world. Students work in small groups and rotate through the centers each week. Students were able to give their input about topics for centers as well as what activity a center would be. For example, animals from the U.S. Go-Fish where students match a picture card to a fact card about the animal and then share the quick facts with their group.

Mrs. Shikany, Ms. Phillips and Mrs. Mullis have been leading Globalization classes for the last three years and students have enjoyed becoming more globally aware!

Written by: Susan Shiknay, Media Specialist and April Phillips, Computer Teacher
Posted: Oct 31, 2011 by April Phillips

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