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Journeys of the Soles

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 by Patricia Holt

Description

In this unit, students will digitally “travel” around the world and learn what life is like in someone else’s shoes. Along the way, they will create action plans for helping others and becoming outstanding global citizens. The teacher will guide students through a study of their home country first, then students will break up into smaller groups and choose a country to study with coaching from the teacher. Finally, students will research a country on their own. As students learn about a country, they will log information in their “passports,” create digital scrapbooks, travel blogs, and action plans for helping their global community. Findings will be presented in “TED” style talks, where students will compare and contrast their lifestyles with that of a child in their country of study, then present their ideas for a call-to-action.

This project was created in collaboration with Marc Brown.

Also, this project can be adapted for various grade levels.

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Content Standards
Common Core State Standards
Custom Standards

Common Core Standards are used to teach this unit. It was created with the flexibility to meet all of the standards that the teacher has time to explore. All reading, writing and speech standards are met through the books, research and presentations students use for the unit.

Students the authors taught in fourth grade, for example, met all except geometry standards, which could certainly be included.

This unit has met the following math standards for 4th grade:
4.OA 1-3
4.NBT 1-5
4.NF 1-7 Fractions and decimals
4.MD 1-4

ISTE NETS·S Standards
Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation
Timing
  • 1-2 Hours
  • 1+ Day
  • 1+ Week
  • 1+ Month
  • Semester
  • Year
Technical Expertise
  • Rookie
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Pro
  • Expert
Materials/Equipment

Materials:

  • Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Presenter 8
  • Passport worksheets (Figure 1a, 1b, 1c - in primay file upload)
  • Use Adobe Photoshop to create your passport photo
  • 12” x 18” piece of white construction paper
  • Cut navy blue construction paper into a 4.5” x 6” piece
  • Gold Marker
     

Resources:


Unicef: Information by Country

CIA: The World Factbook

A Kid’s Life


Books


Iqbal
by Francesco D’Adamo


Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson


Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea
by by Greg Mortenson & Susan L. Roth

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All Comments (6)

Karen Ellis

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 - Permalink

Great activity that is creative and informative for world views from a young person's perspective.

Lourdes Fuller

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 - Permalink

This lesson can be extended by reaching out to schools from various counties and then sharing the projects for review and feedback across the globe.

CLAUDIA ACOSTA

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 - Permalink

Using imagination and creativity while becoming global citizens, great approach. If I may, I suggest that the bigger groups concentrate on continents or parts of continents and then individuals can choose one country from that specific area to get a deeper cultural understanding. Students can make video postcards too.

MONICA RAMIREZ

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 - Permalink

Multiculturalism and Geography are a great combination! I loved the idea of creating the passport and having students create scrapbook pages while learning. Art and technology are both great resources that supported that project! Great!

Eric Dumas

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 - Permalink

It would be interesting to have students of the country studied to review the work and maybe create a similar study for the country you are from. Often our perception of another way of life is different for the people that live it on a daily basis. Technology brings us closer to compare our views on each others

Dennis Martinus

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 - Permalink

What a great resource for collaboration projects from students around the world.
Thank you for sharing this.