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The Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program fosters an understanding of other cultures and global issues by providing online educational resources based on the Peace Corps experience and facilitating communication among U.S. learners and current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

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Locking up food security with permaculture
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment
  • Global Issues
  • Social Studies

Students learn about how food security affects the US and the world.

Woman and three children planting seedlings in a garden in Mexico.
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Activity
  • Environment

The activities in this manual are designed primarily for nonformal situations, such as camps and clubs, in order to teach youth about the environment. The activities here are meant to be active and enjoyable!

Bug
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment
  • Science

Kids collect insects, keep them for a day or two, observe them, and release them.

trees in Uganda
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Learn about and try to recognize an individual tree through smelling, touching, and listening.

Water a bit cool, but fun
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Use a timed sorting activity and review to explore different connections to water.

Farm
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

This lesson engages students to illustrate the relationships of how plant and animal life are connected in an ecosystem

Case Study
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Divide learners into small groups to debate and discuss environmental dilemmas and possible plans of action.

Clear Water is not Clean Water
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Don't judge your water by its cover.

Dodgeball
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Activity
  • Environment

Create a visual representation of the greenhouse effect through this group activity.

Turtle
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Exchange information about endangered and extinct species through mini case studies.

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Field
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Match and discuss environmental issues and possible responses in small groups.

Pepper
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Assume a new identity and occupation to explore how food insecurity effects populations in different ways.

The Budala Women's group from fishpond to community investing.
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Personal Essay
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

Students examine what it takes to make a hero in a story about digging a hole for a fishpond.

fish farming harvest
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Personal Essay
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

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

Litter Relay
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Learn about the benefits of sorting materials to be reused, recycled, or thrown away.

Pest Control
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Learn how to make natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

Three of the original ART-I-SAN "My Namibian Friend" dolls: Makena Mongoose, Lele Lion and Gili Giraffe.
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

This lesson plan engages students to illustrate the vast diversity of adaptations that animals use for survival, delineating how and why form fits function.

popcorn
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

This lesson plan makes use of popcorn to help students understand and explore the concepts of renewable and nonrenewable resources and their use over time.

Recycling Scavenger Hunt
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Go out into the community to collect and sort recyclable materials.

Turtle
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment
  • Science
  • Mathematics

Predicting the Future of Endangered Hawksbills

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