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Global Education sKILL-A-tHONS

Since 2010, faculty with the WVU Extension Service have worked to create, edit and format a diverse set of educational lessons for youth and adults alike.

Each subject area features a series of skill-a-thons that apply the experiential learning model where youth learn by doing, followed by reflecting and applying what was learned. In total, the curriculum features 37 skill-a-thons.

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Global education is needed now more than ever, as society is constantly changing and characterized by global interrelationships and increasing cultural diversity.  The curriculum is designed around five subject matter areas that include: 

  1. Agriculture & Food
  2. Geography
  3. Arts & History
  4. Global Issues
  5. Communication, Media & Technology

Agriculture & Food

Bread Taste Test

Bread is considered a staple food around the world. Given that its basic ingredients consist of flour and water, bread is particularly important in impoverished parts of the world. It is considered a quick source of energy because it is high in carbohydrates.

Participants will taste various types of breads and discuss their origin and history.
National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.

National Standards for Learning Languages (NL-FL)

  • NL-FL.K-12.4 Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture –
    • Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures   studied and their own.

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Eating In!

Have you ever noticed how many eating utensils are set out at your dinner table or at a restaurant? Have you ever wondered if it’s the same in other countries? What if we told you that eating with your hands is acceptable in some cultures? Meal etiquette and manners differ in our own country, as well as around the world.

This activity will help you explore meal etiquette and utensils in other cultures, as well as our own. Facilitate a discussion about the different ways of eating and practice using a variety of utensils.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.

National Standards for Learning Languages (NL-FL)

  • NL-FL.K-12.2 Cultures: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures –
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • NL-FL.K-12.4 Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture –
    • Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
    • Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

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Exploring Fiber Plants

How familiar are you with cotton and linen? What about jute or ramie? Did you know that these are all fibers that we get from plants? Fiber plants are second only to food plants in their usefulness for mankind.

This activity will help you explore different fiber plants and where they come from. Find how the fibers are utilized around the world and the plant fiber industry.

National Education Standards

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCSS.ELA-Literacy)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3 – Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g.,how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

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Irresistible Rice

Rice is an important staple food that is consumed by over half of the world's population. While the majority of rice is produced outside the United States, California and the lower Mississippi river basin contribute to rice production.

In this lesson, participants will not only learn about where rice production takes place throughout the world, but also about several different types of rice.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.
National Standards for Learning Languages (NL-FL)
  • NL-FL.K-12.2 Cultures: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures –
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • NL-FL.K-12.4 Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture –
    • Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
    • Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

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The Many Kinds of Milk

It is estimated that 150 million households participate in milk production around the world. In the United States, dairy products from cattle are widely consumed, but globally there are five animal species that are almost entirely responsible for the world's milk production: cattle, water buffalo, goats, sheep, and camel.

This activity will help you explore the various types of global milk producers and the countries that are top producers.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.

National Standards for Learning Languages (NL-FL)

  • NL-FL.K-12.2 Cultures: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures –
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.

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The World’s Water

Water is one of our most valuable resources. We need it every day to live, and we depend on it for washing, bathing, and fun in the summer. Of all the water on earth, very little of it is actually available for us to use for drinking or to grow our food.

Participants will explore and discuss how fresh water is shared among all countries in the world and why some countries have more water than others depending on climate and landscape.

National Education Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • NGSS.2.ESS2.3 – Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
  • NGSS.5.ESS2.2 – Describe and graph the amounts of saltwater and freshwater in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.
  • NSS-G.K-12.3 Physical Systems –
    • Understand the physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth’s surface.
    • Understand the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth’s surface.
  • NSS-G.K-12.5 Environment and Society –
    • Understand how human actions modify the physical environment.
    • Understand how physical systems affect human systems.
    • Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.

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Where Did We Get That Flavor From?

Do you know what cinnamon and nutmeg have in common? It’s not just ingredients used in apple and pumpkin pies. Both spices are native to Asia. A number of the spices found in our kitchen cabinets are imported from countries around the world.

This activity will explore where spices are grown globally. It allows participants to investigate six different spices and learn its history. Use your senses and determine which spice is which.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.1 The World in Spatial Terms –
    • Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools and technologies to acquire, process and report information from a spatial perspective.
  • NSS-G.K-12.4 Human Systems –
    • Understand the processes, patterns and functions of human settlement.
  • NSS-G.K-12.6 The Uses of Geography –
    • Understand how to apply geography to interpret the past.
  • NSS-WH.5-12.3 ERA 3 Classical Traditions,Major Religions and Giant Empires, 1000 BCE - 300 BCE
    • The emergence of Aegean civilization and how interrelations developed among peoples of eastern Mediterranean and Southwest Asia,600-200 BCE.

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Where Does My Food Come From?


It’s a typical Tuesday afternoon and you find your mind thinking about traveling abroad. Take a trip to your local grocery store to help with your wanderlust! Do you know all the different countries your food comes from? Let’s find out.

This activity will help you explore common foods and their country of origin. You will also look into the top producers of these foods, which can lead to an interesting discussion. You may be surprised at what you learn.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.6 The Uses of Geography –
    • Understand how to apply geography to interpret the past.
    • Understand how to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.
    • Imports are foreign goods and services that are purchased from sellers in other nations.
    • Exports are domestic goods and services that are sold to buyers in other nations.
    • Voluntary exchange among people or organizations in different countries gives people
      a broader range of choices in buying goods and services.

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Arts & History

Art Memory Match – Paintings

Art imitates life. Paintings are a huge part of most culture's art experience. Below are several well-known paintings.

Participants will match these famous paintings with the history of their paintings artists and learn about world cultural art heritage.

National Education Standards

National Core Arts Standards

  • VA:Cn11.1.2a – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to
    deepen understanding.
    • Compare and contrast cultural uses of artwork from different times and places.
  • VA:Cn11.1.4a – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to
    deepen understanding.
    • Through observation, infer information about time, place and culture in which a work of art
      was created.

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Art Memory Match – Sculptures

Sculptures and statues have adorn city square and roadways for centuries. These ancient Greek and Roman Statues are worth learning about a little deeper.

Participants will match these famous sculptures and statues with the history of their artists and learn about world cultural art heritage.

National Education Standards

National Core Arts Standards

  • VA:Cn11.1.2a – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.
    • Compare and contrast cultural uses of artwork from different times and places.
  • VA:Cn11.1.4a – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.
    • Through observation, infer information about time, place and culture in which a work of art was created.
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCSS.ELA-Literacy)
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1 – Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media
    and formats, including visually, quantitatively and orally.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1; 7.1; 8.1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions
    (one-on-one, in groups and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 - 8 topics, texts and
    issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2 – Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media
    and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial,
    political) behind its presentation.

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Beginning Genealogy: Picturing Your Past

Did you know that genealogy is the study of one’s family history? Has anyone told you about your family’s history? Some families have stories about their family tree while others might have pictures, books or other informational documents that tell about their ancestors’ lives.

This activity will help you explore yourself, as well as the stories that you’ve heard from both immediate and distant family relations. Create a “picture of your past” by designing a collage of images that represent your personal family story.

National Education Standards

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCSS.ELA-Literacy)

  • CCSS.ELA - Literacy.RH.6- 8.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
  • CCSS.ELA - Literacy.RH.6-8.7 – Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

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Great Festivals of the World

Festivals are an important part of our culture. Throughout history, different cultures created festivals to celebrate important occasions for historical, religious, or other reasons important to them. It is through the study of festivals and celebrations that the accomplishments of countries, cities, and even individuals can inspire someone to do more. A festival can also inspire us to have fun and enjoy life as we take part in the culture of that festival.

This activity will help you explore festivals from around the globe; some steeped in history, some more recently organized. Participants will match festivals to interesting and relevant facts about the festivals. They can dig deeper by investigating the festivals and presenting the information they gather to the entire group.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions.

National Standards for Learning Languages (NL-FL)

  • NL-FL.K-12.4 Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture –
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

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Instruments of the World

Musical instruments that are distinctly unique to individual countries and cultures throughout the world. Music is a rich aspect of life that identifies cultures as unique. The types of instruments that accompany them illustrate the unique variety in music throughout the world.

Participants will explore a variety of musical instruments and their countries of origin.

National Education Standards

National Standards for Music Education

  • NSME.K-4.6. D Listening to, Analyzing and Describing Music – Identify the sounds of a variety of instruments, including many orchestra and band instruments, and instruments from various cultures, as well as children’s voices and male and female adult voices.
  • NSME.5-8.6.B Listening to, Analyzing and Describing Music – Analyze the uses of elements of music in aural examples representing diverse genres and cultures.
  • NSME.9-12.6.A Listening to, Analyzing and Describing Music – Analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire of music, representing diverse genres and cultures by describing the uses of elements of music and expressive devices.

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Royal Titles

Even before they said “I do”, the engagement and marriage between Catherine Middleton and Prince William created worldwide interest in the British monarchy in 2011. But how much do you really know about royal titles and who outranks who?

Test your skills with this activity that will have you exploring monarch governments and the peerage system. Learn the difference between a constitutional monarchy and an absolute monarchy. You will also determine which types of monarch ruling systems are in which world countries.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.
    • Understand how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions.

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What’s in a Flag?

Have you ever watched an opening event at the Olympics? As each country representatives are paraded through the crowds, one person is selected to be the flag bearer. Now, imagine how you would feel if you were selected for that task.

These activities will help you build an awareness of the history and use of flags. Learn about the flags of countries around the world as well as how frequent flags change. Create your own flag that represents what’s important to you.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand that people create regions to interpret Earth’s complexity.
    • Understand how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions.
  • NSS-G.K-12.4 Human Systems –
    • Understand the characteristics, distribution and complexity of Earth’s cultural mosaics.

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World Demonyms

If you are from the United States, you are called an American, but have you ever wondered what people from another country might be called? The noun that we use to identify natives or inhabitants of a particular country, state, city, etc. is called a demonym.

This activity will help you explore demonyms that are used across the globe to identify inhabitants of a variety of countries. Participants will match countries to their demonyms. They can take it a step further, identifying where these countries are located on a map or globe.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.

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World Governments

Countries share borders on land and water. Citizens of these countries use similar resources from the planet for food, energy and housing. This means that most nations communicate with each other to work together on global issues, such as economic, environmental, transportation or immigration issues. There are close to 200 different countries with various types of governmental structures. Although these governmental systems may be unlike one another with contrasting political viewpoints, they must finds ways to communicate about global issues.

Participants will create and discuss passwords and the role that they play in movement between countries and recognition by world governments.  Additionally, participants will learn and discuss different types of governments used in various countries.

National Education Standards

    • What is civic life? What is politics? What is government? Why are government and politics necessary? What purposes should government serve?
    • What are the essential characteristics of limited and unlimited government?
    • What are the nature and purposes of constitutions?
    • What are alternative ways of organizing constitutional governments?
  • NSS-C.9-12.4 Other Nations and World Affairs –
    • What is the relationship of the United States to other nations and to world affairs? How is the world organized politically?
    • How do the domestic politics and constitutional principles of the United States affect its relations with the world?
    • How has the United States influenced other nations, and how have other nations influenced American politics and society?

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Communication, Media & Technology

Can You Recognize This Language?

The top five spoken languages in the world includes English but it is not first. In fact, English comes in third after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Furthermore, there is over 7,000 languages world-wide.

In this lesson, participants will learn about English spoken in other parts of the world as well as how to say hello in other languages.

National Education Standards

National Standards for Learning Languages (NL-FL)

  • NL-FL.K-12.2 Cultures: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures –
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • NL-FL.K-12.4 Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture –
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

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Global Geocache Course

Have you ever gone on a scavenger hunt to look for objects? Maybe you have played hide and seek with friends. With the help of technology, a scavenger hunt type game called Geocaching has risen in popularity. Geocaching participants use longitude and latitude coordinates in a Global Positioning System (GPS) device to locate hidden containers called geocaches.

This activity will introduce participants to Geocaching through exploration of GPS devices and navigation. Participants can practice their new skills by partaking in a Global Geocaching Course.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

    • Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools and technologies to acquire, process and report information from a spatial perspective.
  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.

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How in the World Do You Communicate?

Text-based apps are a huge way humans communicate. Although it may be easy for individuals
to take for granted that not everyone in the world uses technology the same, this activity will demonstrate that technology use varies from country to country. Messaging apps are familiar communication tools for most participants and can be used as a springboard for individuals to learn about cultural differences in communication use around the world.

Participants will discuss, observe and interact with different forms of current communication, primarily various messaging apps used in different countries.

National Education Standards

National Youth Development and Youth Leadership Standards (YDYLS)

  • 3.1 Youth acquire the skills, behaviors and attitudes that enable them to learn and grow in self-knowledge, social interaction, and physical and emotional health.
National Health Education Standards
  • NHES.2 Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors on health behaviors.
    • 2.5.6 Describe ways that technology can influence personal health.
    • 2.8.6 Analyze the influence of technology on personal and family health.
    • 2.12.6 Evaluate the impact of technology on personal, family and community health.

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.4 Human Systems –
    • Understand the characteristics, distribution and complexity of Earth’s cultural mosaics.

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Learn English – A Piece of Cake

“Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” This phrase is a line from the movie Rush Hour (1998) starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. It represents “what not to do” interaction between native and non-native speakers of English in fine, comedic fashion.

This activity is designed to put English speakers in the shoes of language learners to gain an appreciation of the challenges they face. By developing empathy for those learning English, attitudes toward non-English speaking individuals will be more open and positive.

National Education Standards

National Standards for Learning Languages (NL-FL)

  • NL-FL.K-12.4 Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture –
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

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Learn English – Friend or Foe?

Learning any language takes time, experience, and practice. These activities are designed to put English speakers in the shoes of language learners to gain an appreciation of the challenges of learning a new language. Learning about how people acquire a new language will help students better understand the non-English speaker in our country, increase respect, and improve relations with them. By developing empathy for those learning English, attitudes toward non-English speaking individuals will be more open and positive.

This skill-a-thon examines two examples of language challenges: “false friends” and compound words. Participants will match English words with the corresponding Spanish words to explore “false friends.” Compound words will be explored by pairing two English words together to produce a new meaning.

National Education Standards

National Standards for Learning Languages (NL-FL)
  • NL-FL.K-12.4 Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture –
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

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Learn English – Technology Trials

Technology has made it easier to communicate with those who speak another language. Online dictionaries and electronic translators put many vocabulary words at our fingertips. But are automatic translators always reliable?

With these activities, participants will learn about using context clues to decode meaning without the need for a translator. They will then explore the reliability of an online tool to find out how well it translates text into their native language. These activities bring attention to the uses and limitations of technology for communication. Individuals will gain insight into the language acquisition process and have increased respect for those learning a new language through these activities.

National Education Standards

  • NL-FL.K-12.4 Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture –
    • Students demonstrate an understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

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Virtual Global Tour

Do you need to go somewhere, but you do not have the directions? Many people today will pull out a mobile device and open a navigation app to locate their destination. However, it hasn’t always been that easy to find a location. Not long ago, people had to rely on paper maps to plan out trip routes and locate destinations using coordinates.

This skill-a-thon will explore reading maps using longitude and latitude coordinates. Participants will practice finding map coordinates on a paper map before moving online to explore global destinations via Google Earth.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

    • Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools and technologies to acquire, process and report information from a spatial perspective.
  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.

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World’s Greatest Inventions

What would your life be like without coins, paper money, or credit cards? What about pencils or chocolate? Imagine being in the medical field and not having access to a stethoscope.

These are just a few of the inventions you’ll learn about in this activity. Participants will see if they can match the inventions to the countries and then to the geographical locations. Learn about the impact some of the greatest inventions have had on today’s society.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.4 Human Systems –
    • Understand the characteristics, distribution and complexity of Earth’s cultural mosaics.
  • NSS-G.K-12.5 Environment and Society –
    • Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.

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Geography

A Trip Around the World

A trip around the world is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most people.  Travelers have the chance to explore new cultures while gaining an appreciation for their own culture and habits.  A “round-the-world” (RTW) ticket is the most economical way to take a trip around the world. 

This activity will help you plan a trip around the world.  Using parameters set by the instructor, teams of 3 to 4 people will plan a three week, round-the-world trip to at least six global locations.  The teams will share their trip itineraries and discuss why they chose the destinations and intended cultural experiences.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

    • Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools and technologies to acquire, process and report information from a spatial perspective.
  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.
  • NSS-G.K-12.6 The Uses of Geography –
    • Understand how to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.

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Know Your Islands

Did you know that the world has over 2 million islands? Some are relatively small in nature, like the state of Hawaii, which is a series of islands, whereas others are large, like the country of Greenland.

In this activity, participants will learn definitions associated with islands as well as information about the world's ten largest islands.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

    • Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools and technologies to acquire, process and report information from a spatial perspective.

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World Heritage Sites

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has a World Heritage centre. Places around the world can apply be included on the World Heritage list. The UNESCO has specific criteria when approving locations as World Heritage site.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has a World Heritage centre. Places around the world can apply be included on the World Heritage list. The UNESCO has specific criteria when approving locations as World Heritage sites.

This activity will explore a handful of World Heritage sites. Would you visit one of these locations?

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.
    • Understand that people create regions to interpret Earth’s complexity.
    • Understand how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions.

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Global Issues

Currency Conundrum

Did you know that every country has its own currency? The currency in the United States is different and has a different value from other countries.

In this activity you will learn about international currencies and how to convert U.S. dollars into other currencies.

National Education Standards

Common Core Mathematics Standards (CCSS.Math)

  • CCSS.Math.Content.HSN.Q.A.1 Reason Quantitatively and Use Units to Solve Problems – Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.HSA.SSE.A.1.A Interpret the Structure of Expressions – Interpret expressions that represent a quantity in terms of its context.

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Daily Tasks and Modern Conveniences

Most homes throughout the world have a number of basic household tasks. These include, but are not limited to, meal preparation, childcare, cleaning, washing clothes, and house repair. In many parts of the developing world, many of these tasks do not involve the technology or conveniences that we often have at our disposal in the United States.

This activity will help you explore common tasks often completed by women and children in many parts of the world. First, you will take stock in the various modern conveniences found in your own home. Then you will try some daily tasks like carrying water, washing clothes, and picking up sticks.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places
  • NSS-G.K-12.5 Environment and Society –
    • Understand how physical systems affect human systems.

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Homes Around the World

Homes come in all shapes and sizes. They are places were people eat, play, sleep, spend time with families, and make memories that last a lifetime. Yet there are many throughout the world who struggle with homelessness and the ability to find adequate housing.

In this lesson, participants will learn about homes and what homes look like throughout the world.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.

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Making a Difference

Have you ever gone to bed to hungry or know of someone who did? Hunger is a real issue for some people in the United States is even more prevalent among those in developing countries.

Participants in this lesson will brainstorm solutions to hunger in their community and learn about organizations working to combat hunger throughout the world.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-EC.K-4.1 Scarcity –
    • People make choices because they can’t have everything they want. Whenever a choice is made, something is given up.
  • NSS-EC.5-8.1 Scarcity –
    • The evaluation of choices and opportunity costs is subjective; such evaluations differ across individuals and societies.

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New Seven World Wonders

Have you ever desired to trek up the Andes Mountains to visit Machu Picchu? Would you like to have sat in the Colesseum to watch gladiators battle one another? Then this is the lesson for you.
The New 7 Wonders Foundation of Switzerland organized an online contest in 2007 to identify
the “new seven wonders of the world.” Tens of millions of people participated in this contest
to determine these seven landmarks.

This lesson introduces the world wonders, gives their location, and provides a brief history on each wonder. Try your hand at matching a picture of the world wonder to its description.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.
    • Understand that people create regions to interpret Earth’s complexity.
    • Understand how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions.

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Power Outage!

About 1.2 billion people live without electricity every day. That is 1 out of every 6 humans on earth. This skill-a-thon will help participants figure out how people live, work, eat, drink, play and communicate using electricity. Major sources of electricity in the United States will be illustrated by ranking photo representations of electrical production.

Participants will be challenged to think about what would happen if electricity was not available in the United States to reflect the reality of electrical shortages in many countries.

National Education Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

  • NGSS.4.PS3.2 – Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat and electric currents. 

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-WH.5-12.8 ERA 8 A Half-Century of Crisis and Achievement, 1900-1945 – Major global trends from 1900 to the end of World War II.
  • NSS-WH.5-12.9 ERA 9 The 20th Century Since 1945: Promises and Pardoxes – Major global trends since World War II.

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Practicing Workplace Etiquette

Imagine you are traveling to another country for the first time. You have done some light reading on cultural norms and expectations but you still feel unsure. You have to contend with time zone changes, potential language barriers and a brand new culture. Compound this with the fact that this is a business trip where the expectations are high to make a good impression.

This lesson looks at common workplace etiquette guidelines and explores interesting etiquette rules to consider when conducting international business.

National Education Standards

National Standards for Learning Languages (NL-FL)

  • NL-FL.K-12.2 Cultures: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures –
    Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

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What Is Beauty?

It is said beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Culturally speaking, that is the truth. Did you know that once upon a time in the United States, people wore high-neck collars and used parasols to avoid tanned skin as it was viewed as working class. In today’s society, tanning beds and self-tanning lotion have gained in popularity as ways to obtain that sun-kissed glow.

This activity will help you explore the definition of beauty within the U.S. as well as other cultures. Facilitate a discussion about what beautiful means and compare the definition across cultures.

National Education Standards

National Social Studies and History Standards (NSS)

  • NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions –
    • Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.
  • NL-FL.K-12.2 Cultures: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures –
    Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • 7NL-FL.K-12.4 Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture – Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

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Youth Advocacy

Have you ever participated in a community service project? If not, is there a social cause that is important to you? Maybe you are an advocate for animal well-being or protecting the environment. Learning to use your voice is important, no matter which issues you are advocating.

In this lesson, participants will learn about social causes, volunteering, and how to advocate
for causes important to them.

National Education Standards

National Youth Development and Youth Leadership Standards (YDYLS)

  • 3.1 Youth acquire the skills, behaviors and attitudes that enable them to learn and grow in self-knowledge, social interaction, and physical and emotional health.
  • 3.2 Youth understand the relationship between their individual strengths and desires and their future goals, and have the skills to act on that understanding.
    • 3.2.4 – Youths participate in varied activities that encourage the development of self determination and self-advocacy skills.
  • 3.3 Youth have the knowledge and skills needed to practice leadership and participate in community life.

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