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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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  • Health & Wellness

Investigate the issue of HIV/AIDS, including common misconceptions about the disease, its impact in the United States and the world, and what Peace Corps Volunteers are doing to support communities dealing with HIV/AIDS issues.

  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment
  • Global Issues
  • Social Studies

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

  • Grades K - 2
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

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

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

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

  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Geography
  • English Language Arts
  • Arts & Music
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Intercultural Understanding

The Pulaku Documentary Project takes students on a trip across West Africa, allowing them to experience different aspects a culture threatened by desertification and development.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Global Issues
  • Health & Wellness

Students will investigate what HIV/AIDS is, how it is caused, how it is transmitted, and what its effects are. ("HIV" stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. "AIDS" stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.)

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

Students will examine what it means to be "American" in the eyes of people from other cultures.

  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • English Language Arts
  • Health & Wellness

HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa

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

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

  • Lesson Plan
  • Foreign Language

These lessons will help you learn normal conversation in Jordan, rather than focusing on formalities.

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

Go out into a nearby community to survey different families about agriculture and food.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

Students will wrestle with resolving contrasting values between cultures.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

The writer confronts issues of racial prejudice that she encounters in South Africa, years after the abolition there of the official policy of apartheid.

  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

Students will examine the universal nature of folk tales and evaluate the meaning of a tale told in Togo.

  • Lesson Plan
  • Foreign Language

This lesson is a brief presentation of the Bambara language spoken in Mali.

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

This lesson plan engages students as a class to simulate the sonarlike system of echolocation used by bats to locate their prey

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

Students will practice evaluating things of importance or beauty from different perspectives.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Literature

Lesson 2 to Help! My Father Is Coming! and The Visit to Vijay's

  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

Through a simulation game, students will experience what it is like to confront and deal with a culture highly different from their own.

  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Arts & Music
  • Intercultural Understanding

In this lesson, students will learn about the role of water in ceremonies and celebrations around the world, as well as about the role water plays in the daily lives of those living in Lesotho.

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