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  • Capturing the Reader With Vivid Images | Lesson 2 for Mr. John and the Day of Knowledge
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ukraine

    Students will examine how the author tries to capture the reader's imagination immediately, through imagery--and hold on to it.

  • Celebrating Our Connections Through Water | Water in Africa
    Subjects
    Arts & Music, Foreign Language, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    Region
    Asia, Thailand

    In this unit, students will reflect on the role of water in ceremonies and celebrations around the world. Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) vignettes will provide the basis for researching and collecting data to be organized into a class celebrations chart. As a culminating activity, students will set up learning stations ...

  • Chatter
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 6-8
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

    Students will discover that cultural norms heavily influence how we communicate. They will experience the challenge of using and interpreting unfamiliar communication patterns and identify strategies for successful cross-cultural communication.

  • China by the Numbers | TESOL
    Subjects
    Mathematics, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    Region
    Asia, Pacific Islands, China

    ESOL language proficiency level: advanced In reference to China's burgeoning population, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Matthew Scranton ponders the question, "Can you conceive of 1.3 billion anything? In this lesson, students will learn about place value, exponents and how there's a number amount for everything.

  • Clean Water and Quality of Life
    Subjects
    Environment, Health, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    Region
    Africa, Cameroon

    This lesson explores the importance of protecting sources of clean drinking water. Through a narrated slide show, Peace Corps volunteer Lauren Fry shares her story about building a springbox to protect a groundwater supply in Cameroon. Students will synthesize information from the slide show, examine additional photographs depicting water access ...

  • Coming to Terms With Cultural Differences | Lesson 3 for Help! My Father Is Coming! and The Visit to Vijay's
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Asia, Pacific Islands, Sri Lanka

    Students will discover that it is possible to be challenged and "culture-shocked" by the norms of one's own culture when returning home from having been away and living in another culture. They will also examine and compare the customs of modern marriages with the customes of traditional, arranged marriages.

  • Community | Building Bridges for Young Learners
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades K-2
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

    The following lesson engages young children in ideas and concepts surrounding community with an exploration of the varied factors that influence how people live, the roles of adults and children, and the interaction of people who live and work within a community.

  • Community Health Data Analysis | Clean Water and Quality of Life-Math Extension
    Subjects
    Mathematics, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 3-5
    Region
    Africa, Cameroon

    Students will view the slide show "Water Source Protection", featuring Peace Corps Volunteer Lauren Fry. They will then examine the community health data she collected and explore the question: Do the data provide evidence that the springbox may have helped to improve the community's health?

  • Conducting Interviews in the Community
    Subjects
    Service Learning
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    The Caribbean, Dominican Republic

    Students will conduct individual interviews to find out in depth how people in their own communities provide services to others.

  • Confronting Two Challenges—One Physical, One Intellectual | Lesson 2 for "Running" (From "River Town")
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Environment, Foreign Language, Health, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Asia, China

    Students will examine how the author confronted the challenges of a new language and a new culture.

  • Cross-Cultural Dialogue Lesson
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Guinea-Bissau

    Students will strive to view situations from more than their own point of view.

  • Crossing Cultural Barriers with Visual Arts
    Subjects
    Arts & Music, Environment, Health, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic

    Students will examine several examples of visual arts and interpret the messages they convey. They will discuss how and why the use of visual arts can be used as a means of educating those of diverse cultures. Students will view the slideshow Life is Wonderful and ascertain why the mural ...

  • Cuisine and Etiquette | in Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 3-5
    Region
    Africa, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia

    Students will examine mealtime etiquette in different countries and make inferences about other cultures from the rules governing table manners.

  • Culture | Building Bridges for Young Learners
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades K-2
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

    This culminating lesson engages young children in exploring the macro concept of culture, including identifying visible and invisible features of culture, how interaction with the environment and others shapes one's culture, and how culture is shared and transformed over time.

  • Culture Is Like an Iceberg | Building Bridges - Unit I
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

    Students will examine features of culture to determine which are visible and which are invisible, and how the invisible affect the visible.

  • Day-to-Day Life in a Small African Village
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature, Science
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Tanzania

    Students will learn about and experience just a bit of what it's like living in a village in Tanzania—from language to geography to health and hygiene issues.

  • Defining Culture | Building Bridges - Unit I
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

    Students will define culture and examine how it affects them.

  • Discovering New Perspectives on Life | Lesson 1 for Three Lessons
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Morocco

    Students examine how the author's worldview expanded by living in another culture.

  • Discussion Questions for Amber Bechtel’s Essay on AIDS in South Africa
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Environment, Health, Language Arts & Literature
    Grade
    Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, South Africa

    How can traditional healers help alleviate South Africa’s HIV/AIDS crisis? Peace Corps Volunteer Amber Bechtel takes a look at traditional medicine’s role alongside new treatments for HIV/AIDS.

  • Do You Really Know What Wealth Is? | Lesson 1 for "Music in the Fields"
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Environment, Health, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Mali

    Students will examine what it means to have wealth—a concept that turns out to be philosophical as well as economic—and examine the importance of music.

  • Encountering Very Different Ways of Life | Lesson 1 for Help! My Father Is Coming! and The Visit to Vijay's
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Environment, Health, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Asia, Pacific Islands, Sri Lanka

    In a captivating and amusing account, the author shows just how challenging it is for someone to move from a familiar to an unfamiliar culture and then deal with adjusting to the new environment.

  • Enough to Make Your Head Spin
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Bulgaria

    Students will learn to appreciate the value of nonverbal communication, focusing on the shaking or nodding of one's head, and the meanings attached to each activity in Bulgaria and in the United States.

  • Everyone Has a Culture - Everyone Is Different
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin

    Students will distinguish between what constitutes culture and what makes up personal individuality.

  • Examining What Sharing Really Means | Lesson 1 for "The Senegalese Miracle"
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Senegal

    Students examine the remarkable degree of sharing that the author encounters upon arrival in Africa.

  • Explore More About Bottle Construction
    Subjects
    Environment, Foreign Language, Health, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Grades K-2
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Guatemala

    Many Peace Corps Volunteers collaborate with their host communities to make the best use of locally available materials. Explore the stories from Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Guatemala and collaborated with community members on bottle construction projects. Then extend students' learning from these stories using the accompanying teaching suggestions.