Lesson: The World is A Village
Objective: To teach students how resources are distributed around the world and to challenge stereotypes held by Americans.
Grade Level: Preschool to high school
Preparation: If a computer is available go to the World Pop Clock which tracks the world's population by the minute. Have it on screen at the beginning of the lesson.
Procedure: Before beginning have students read the world population clock and estimate how many more people there will be in the world at the end of the lesson. Read the book The World is a Village (Smith and Armstrong). Before reading each page, have students estimate how many people in the world ____ (Example: How many people speak English?).
Related Math Lesson: For younger children, use the data in the book to make bar graphs. For upper level students have them use the world population and percentages to calculate the number of people having the different attributes or resources and then make graphs. Advanced students can research other characteristics not covered in the book.
Follow Up Discussion Questions: Which facts were most surprising? Which things do you think every person in the world should have? Which things could everyone live without? There is also very useful information at the back of the book to use for class discussion.
Extension: Display the students' graphs
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