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Hemby Bridge students travel ‘around the world’

Learning about our world is so much more fun using art, music, games, computers, and books.

Here are some of the globalization activities at Hemby Bridge Elementary School this past school year.

In the media center, students enjoyed fairy tales from many cultures.

“We have located all kinds of places on our giant world map, which also displays ways to say hello in many languages, as well as postcards from various places,” said Susan Shikany, the school’s media coordinator. “Research topics have ranged from countries to animal habitats.”

In art classes, students learned about world landmarks including Stonehenge, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Great Mosque of Samara, and the Great Wall of China. They also created Guatemalan plates.

During PE class, students learned about sports, games and music from a variety of countries, including Iceland, Austria, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

“Everyone loves to move,” Shikany added.

In music classes, students focused on the compass rose, the seven continents, traditional stories with musical accompaniment, and world drumming traditions. 

“You may have heard our World Drumming Ensemble perform at the April PTO meeting,” Shikany said.

Classes in the computer lab have used GoogleEarth to locate and zoom in on various cities and countries. Students compared areas to ones they are familiar with.

The National Geographic Kids website was a favorite for learning about animals in many habitats.

“These are just a few of the ways our special area team supports Union County’s emphasis on creating global citizens,” Shikany said.

Written by: Susan Shikany, Library Media Coordinator
Posted: Aug 28, 2013 by Debra Bledsoe

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