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There is No Cure for Polio

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This collection uses primary sources to explore the polio epidemic and vaccine. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Material Type: Primary Source

Author: Melissa Jacobs

Why Should I Be a Global Citizen?

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In their investigation of global citizenship, students begin by identifying and discussing a range of traits associated with the idea of responsible citizenship. Through the featured sources in this inquiry, students will build their understandings of these traits and see how, through a series of scenarios, those traits can play out in three contexts: classroom, community/state, and the world. In the end, students return to the compelling question and answer for themselves why they should (or should not) be global citizens.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

GEDB Oh the Feet You'll Meet-Shoes: Four Feet Two Sandals (Lesson 1 of 5)

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This lesson allows students to investigate the world by taking the students to another country in a book about 2 girls that only have one pair of shoes, and includes information about countries working together and sharing natural resources in a show of global interdependence in the manufacturing of athletic shoes.This lesson was developed by James Agner as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Melody Casey

GEDB Global Birthday Celebrations: Embracing Celebration Differences (Lesson 4 of 4)

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Students will learn to embrace how others celebrate their birthdays. They will explore the feelings of others as well as their own feelings as they explore the differences in how people celebrate birthdays. This lesson was developed by Tracey Dix as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Melody Casey

GEDB A Trip Around North America: Research a Country (Lesson 1 of 4)

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Research the Country – students will become more familiarized with their global region of study by researching a country in North America. This lesson was developed by Tia Gilliam as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.            

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Melody Casey

Global Marketplace

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In this lesson, students will use a checklist to find out more about the plants they depend on for food and fibers. They will guess which plants originated in the United States and check their guesses by researching individual plants. Students will then recognize that people move valuable plants around the globe through trade.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

New Global Citizens: Environmental Sustainability (with ELD Modifications)

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During this extended unit, students will explore environmental sustainability from a number of different perspectives. They will dive deep into global policies regarding the environment, specifically the dedication of different countries to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Students will review and discuss specific case studies, offering their opinion of certain practices and policies. As a summative assessment, students will create a “Call to Action” project, with the intent of raising awareness and instigating action on environmental sustainability. This unit includes language (objectives, vocabulary, and lesson modifications) that will help the teacher meet the needs of ELL students. These strategies may be helpful for other students, as well.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Building Background Knowledge about Physical Environment: What Makes It Hard for Some People to Get Books?

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In this lesson from Expeditionary Learning, students will imagine themselves in the role of the main characters of That Book Woman by Heather Henson. They will discover the motivations of the characters through role-playing and investigating the illustrations in the text. Students will use an informational text to investigate why it might be difficult to get books to people, as it was in That Book Woman. This is Lesson 1 of 17 from the Grade 3 Curriculum Map Unit 3, Module 1: http://engageny.org/resource/grade-3-ela-module-1-unit-3 .

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Lesson Plan, Reading, Vocabulary

Author: Expeditionary Learning