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  • Family | 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, India

    The following lesson engages young children in exploring the concept of family with emphasis on how families around the world share more commonalities than differences.

  • Fate vs. Mind: A Macedonian Folk Tale
    Subjects
    Language Arts & Literature
    Grade
    Grades 9-12
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Macedonia

    Students will find and appreciate that folk tales, a stylized genre of literature, tell more than stories; they convey morals or lessons. Looking into various aspects of this folk tale, students will also weigh the strengths of fate and consciousness. Folk tales can also be told in a stylized manner, ...

  • Features of 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 enumerate features of their own culture and evaluate how those features have influenced their lives.

  • Fighting Soil Erosion
    Subjects
    Environment, Health, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    Region
    Africa, Guinea

    This lesson is divided into two parts. The first section is intended for classes that are being introduced to the topic of soil erosion. This section consists of a variety of activities developed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the National Geographic Society. These activities will help develop a foundational ...

  • First Impressions
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 3-5
    Region
    Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, South Korea

    Students will experience the risks of making assumptions from first impressions.

  • Fog's Bounty | Harvesting Water from Fog
    Subjects
    Science, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Cape Verde

    In this lesson, students travel to the island nation of Cape Verde where they are introduced to Peace Corps Volunteer Nathan Lee and his work of harvesting water from fog. Students will learn how fog is produced, why it is a viable source of fresh water, and how it is ...

  • Food Culture Photo Essays | Foreign Language Extension
    Subjects
    Foreign Language, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Asia, China

    After viewing a slide show from a Peace Corps Volunteer in China, students will use Peace Corps' Mandarin Chinese language lessons to develop their own food culture photo essay.

  • Generalizations: How Accurate Are They? | Building Bridges - Unit 2
    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 how generalizations can be hurtful and unfair, and they will devise ways to qualify statements so they avoid stereotyping other people.

  • Geography, Climate, and Community in the Dominican Republic
    Subjects
    Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    The Caribbean, Dominican Republic

    Students will begin to familiarize themselves with the geography and culture of the Dominican Republic.

  • Giving Students a Little Latitude
    Subjects
    Social Studies & Geography
    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, Burkina Faso

    Students will use a world outline map to locate places using coordinates of latitude and longitude.

  • Good News/ Bad News, Who Cares?
    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, Benin

    Students will practice evaluating facts, bringing to bear their own experience, preferences, and international contexts.

  • Half Man, Half Limping Rabbit
    Subjects
    Language Arts & Literature
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Romania

    A simple folk tale on the surface, the story told by Nina Porzucki holds deeper meaning that students can probe, ultimately examining the possible advantages of mortality over immortality.

  • Healthy Girls, Healthy Villages
    Subjects
    Environment, Health, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Niger

    This lesson explores the importance of educating girls in developing countries, as well as some of the factors that traditionally limit girls’ access to education. Through a narrated slide show, returned Peace Corps Volunteer Vivian Nguyen explains the challenges facing girls in Niger, and how a program called Camp GLOW ...

  • How Accurate Is It?
    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 examine how generalizations can easily be invalid, and they will learn how to qualify generalizations to make them accurate.

  • How Cultures Differ—Two Different Perspectives on the Same Event | Lesson 4 for "Running" (From "River Town")
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Foreign Language, Language Arts & Literature, Service Learning, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Asia, China

    Students will examine the author's running race from two different cultural perspectives to see just how different the effects of culture can be.

  • How a Writer Conveys Descriptions With a Wallop | Lesson 3 for "Running" (From "River Town")
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Foreign Language, Language Arts & Literature
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Asia, China

    Students will identify strategies the author used to vividly convey qualitative and quantitative aspects of life in China, then use those strategies in writing of their own.

  • Hurricane | ESOL Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
    Subjects
    Language Arts & Literature, Science, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    Region
    The Caribbean, Dominican Republic

    Students will learn about the nature of hurricanes: climate conditions, geographic factors and effects on human systems. With repetitive readings of the story, students will also gain reading fluency, use of context clues and practice flow of supporting details. The effect of Hurricane Georges upon the Dominican Republic will be ...

  • I Had a Hero Lesson
    Subjects
    Environment, Health, Service Learning, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Students examine what it takes to make a hero.

  • Identifying Structured Patterns in Folk Tales
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature
    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, Honduras, Pakistan

    Students will learn that folk tales follow a pattern, and they will attempt to analyze a story to discover its pattern.

  • Identifying and Using Parallelism and Balance in Literature | Lesson 3 for The Train Ride Home
    Subjects
    Language Arts & Literature
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kazakhstan

    Students will examine the story for use of balanced sentences and parallelism—two literary devices—and then practice using those devices in writing of their own.

  • Ilunga's Harvest
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding, Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Students examine the culturally based impulse to share with others versus the impulse to watch out for oneself or one's immediate family.

  • Improving Access to Clean Water and Basic Sanitation
    Subjects
    Environment, Health, Science, Service Learning, Social Studies & Geography
    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

    In this WebQuest, students explore the global issue of access to clean water and basic sanitation. They will begin by considering freshwater as a shared and finite global resource. They will then analyze trends in water and sanitation access around the world. Students will consider the relationships between water and ...

  • Improving Nutrition for All
    Subjects
    Environment, Health, Language Arts & Literature, Science, Social Studies & Geography
    Grade
    Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
    Region
    North Africa and the Middle East, Afghanistan

    In this WebQuest, students focus on nutrition - including undernutrition and overweight and obesity - as critical issues in the field of global health. Students consider the causes and effects of key nutritional problems and analyze their global impacts. They will also consider solutions to nutrition issues facing both the ...

  • International Curiosity and National Pride
    Subjects
    Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Grade
    Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Bulgaria

    Students will look at their own culture and at Bulgarian culture to identify national, local, or ethnic traits, while at the same time attempting not to over-generalize about any particular group of people.

  • Interpreting Behavior: Expanding Our Point of View | Building Bridges - Unit II
    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 be led to grasp the importance of understanding behavior from the perspective of the culture in which that behavior is the norm.