Week 1: Introduction (30 minutes)
- Read Aloud book: What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada
Discuss how progress and change is a result of people taking time to research and seek answers to problems and challenges.
- Share video: Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba Story. Have students share their reflections about the video on a Padlet.
- Explain that in the coming weeks, they will also seek out answers to a challenge or problem. Encourage them to spend some time this week thinking about a global issue or challenge of interest to them. We will share these next week.
- Review last week’s discussion about seeking out answers to a problem and trying to make a difference. Booktalk a few books about people who saw a problem and did something about it: One Plastic Bag, Mama Miti, Brave Clara, etc.
- Show Kids Go Global Website on interactive board and briefly look at headings for various global issues.
- Exploration time: Using their iPads, have students navigate to the Kids Go Global site and and browse topics that interest them.
- Sharing: At tables, have students discuss which of these issues are most important to them. What would they change if they had the power?
- Exit form: Have students go to the Google Form via my blog to share which topic(s) are currently of most concern to them.
- Read aloud: One Plastic Bag, by Miranda Paul. Discuss how Isatou saw a problem and came up with a solution.
- Have students navigate to the Project Planner Template via my blog. Have them Make a copy and save as follows: Name Class Project Planner.
- Have the students share the document with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Show the response document for the issues they were interested in last week. Explain that today, they will be choosing a “big problem” to begin exploring, and they will come up with a question about that problem which they would like to answer. They can use the big topic from last week, or they can choose any global issue of importance to them.
- Provide examples of Big Topics and Possible Driving Questions.
- Research Time: Give students time to continue exploring topics online and in the library.
- Exit: Before going to book checkouts, they should fill in the “Big Topic” and “Driving Question” portions of the planning document.
Monitor individual student planners and assist students in refining questions as needed.
Learn All About It and Culminating Projects
- Students will continue filling in their project planners.
- They will spend time exploring their topic online and continue filling in their planner as they find relevant websites and information to answer their question.
- They will use the Wonder, Explore, Discover Libguide as a research reference as needed.
- Those with similar topics may collaborate, but they must each fill in their own document.
- Students will complete a digital project to show what they have learned about their topic, inspire others to action, or document an innovation to help solve a problem. They may collaborate on the final project. It can be a video, podcast, digital book, infographic, or other product which can be shared online.
- They will fill in the project checklist as they complete tasks related to the project.
Monitor individual student planners and provide support as needed.
Student project checklists (Included at bottom of student planner)