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Global Awareness


  • When focusing on this topic, some ideas to focus on could include:
    • Weather comparisons by region
    • Indigenous plants 
    • Animals that live in different ranges or habitats
    • Elements of culture that could be thematically taught:
      • natural resources
      • food and nutrition
      • life past and present
      • economics
      • comparison of texts (fairy tales, folktales, legends, etc)
      • religions
      • shelter 
      • the arts
  • Social Studies related:
    • Native American Unit
      • Comparing different tribal regions (shelter, food, tools, clothing, climate will be the same due to available natural resources in the region)
      • Creating a Prezi with researched information
      • Writing component using comparisons of pre-colonial exploration vs. post-colonial exploration.
      • "Native Americans" book series by Sarah Tieck was used to support this unit in media.
    • Middle Ages Unit
      • Research famous elements of the middle ages and creating a digital trading card with information (Black Plague, Feudal System, Joan of Arc, Anne Boleyn, etc)
      • Creating a barbarian invasion map of Europe in 500 AD
      • Venn diagram comparison of the Middle Ages vs. Now including a written paragraph.
      • Job Advertisement using MS Publisher describing a character from the feudal system.
      • "A Kid's Life During the Middle Ages" by Sarah Machajewski was used to support this unit in media.
    • Cultures of the World Unit
      • Japan
      • "Grandfather's Journey" by Allen Say
      • Gyotaku art form with PowerPoint
      • Using the KidsWeb site, there are interactive components that teach about their shelter, food (Bento Boxes), sports, etc
        • The students also had to fill in a fact research page about different elements like their currency, climate, terrain, government, capital, major industries, and language, plus find it on a world map.
      • Art Class also joined in on this unit and they studied kimonos and created a tie-dye kimono that included a self-portrait.  
      •  Image result for coffee filter kimono self portrait  

        • Mexico
        • We create a paper Mexican quilt using DLTK's site
        • We learn two components each session and color our piece of the quilt afterwards 
        • We use www.Blendspace.com to learn about the culture, names, time zones, famous artists, and architecture differences.
        • France
        • Students create a French language booklet with numbers and common phrases.
        • Students learn about traditional French foods and how the French use local foods more so than Americans to make their dishes.
        • Art: Students used oil pastels to write French words in different fonts.  Then they used the crayon resist technique with watercolors so the words would show up.  We then discussed silhouettes and symmetry to create our cityscapes.  Image result for paris crayon resist
        • Ancient Civilizations
      • Create a web based project after choosing an ancient civilization (see attachments)
      • Have students fill in answers to questions such as the blendspace created below:








Ancient History Cyber Journalist


3rd Grade Geography/Mapping

Geography, Environmental Literacy, and Culture

Impact of Human Characteristics of a Community

Brainpop Geography Themes

BrainPop Map Skills


Mapping Communities by Melanie Waldron (available on NC Wiseowl ebook format)

Mapping Our World by Sandy Phan (available on NC Wiseowl ebook format)

Mapping the Land and Weather by Melanie Waldron (available on NC Wiseowl ebook format)

Weslandia by Paul Fleischman

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

The ABC Book of American Homes by Michael Shoulders

Maps! Maps! Maps!  by Kelly Boswell

Wow! America by Robert Neubecker

Show Me the Continents: My First Encyclopedia by Pamela Dell



Global Awareness/Critical Thinking Skills

  • 3rd Grade Maps activity: Going on a road trip!


Students will use the self-made worksheet, Chrome, and Google maps.

The students have already learned about types of maps, how to use a compass rose, and how a compass works. Then they use Google Maps by entering their hometown, clicking on the map of the town/city to the left and finding where I-77 is closest to them. From there, they will travel south, down I-77 to find out where it starts and record the name of the city. Then they will take a trip north on I-77 to find where it ends and record the city. I give them the hint that it ends near a great lake so that if they do not see the landmark, they know they are incorrect. They can explore each of these cities with webcams set up around the city in various famous places by simply clicking on the city name in Google Maps.

Secondly, they start again find I-40 closest to them (for us it is in Winston Salem) and they follow it east to the end of the road. This is where it starts. Their next task is to travel west to the end of I-40 and record the name of the city (in this case, I let them either use the name of the city or the largest one next to it which is Los Angeles).

This activity lets them use maps in a way that an adult would on a road trip. They will learn to follow the roads, find landmarks, use the zoom feature, read city names, and they also figure out that it takes less time if they are not zoomed in since they can view more of the map. They love interacting with the maps, helping their neighbors problem-solve, solving the mystery, and exploring new cities!


  • Landmarks (global and by continent) (Oct-May) -
  • write a paragraph on:
  • 1. Man made? Natural?
  • 2. What country/continent is it in?
  • 3. List 3 descriptions.


In this activity, they start with the Continents Map Activity (attached below). They should be in partners. I tape the map together and they cut out the Natural and Man-Made "Wonders" from all over the world. They then type in the name of the "wonder" and click on the Google Map to see where it is. With their partner, they will match the location on Google Maps to the same location marked on their tangible map. They will glue each one of the Wonder's names to the correct location after looking it up.


Then we will take each continent individually to research, record answers each of the 3 questions (above), and complete the mini-project partnered to the continent.


  1. Notes taken on bubbl.us
  2. Computer Skills:
  3. Right side their name
  4. Bold, center the title
  5. Then write the five sentences
  7. Include one picture of their landmark and after they are put together, create a class book 

Bkendspace on European Landmarks https://www.tes.com/lessons/sOuENbvP211ShQ/european-landmarks 

Fifth Grade


Christmas Around the Year (Nov-Dec) collaboration book project to be put in folders too-

Art - Holiday cards

 US Landmarks - done by regions; miniprojects in each region; to answer the questions per region on choice landmark STEAM possibly create landmark in Makerspace


I also use a site called Newsela for global awareness, critical thinking, and communication skills. It’s a site that allows students to choose a type of news article (sports, political, financial etc), read it on their level, and it is always on a current event. The students then answer the following SmartBoard-displayed questions in a google document and send it to me, which I send them a response either about the article or about their writing (sometimes both).







Why is it important to the world?

Why tell a friend about this?


2nd grade Community and Government Services (See attached files)

Field Trip to town police station, library, courthouse, bank, local park

Making, Saving, Spending Money Unit:


A Chair For My Mother by Vera Williams Lesson

Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst  Lesson

Making Cents by Elizabeth Keeler Robinson BrainPop Counting Coins  List ways you would make money.  List what you would spend it on.

Follow the Money by Loreen Leedy Chart the needs and wants bought with the George Washington quarter. Identify each as a spend, save, or donate.

What is banking?


What does a local government do?

Use websites and images to describe each section of government services and create a powerpoint from their notes on each section

Brainpop Local and State Government

Government and Leadership Unit

Book: Kids Guide to Local Government by  Heinemann Library


State Parks

Map of North Carolina State Parks http://www.ncparks.gov/sites/default/files/ncparks/37/naturally-wonderful-2015.pdf

Search Parks for fact sheets on each one http://www.ncparks.gov/node/21