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

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

Alex Jones Running Shoes
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Health & Wellness
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Sports & Leisure

A lesson on the cultural differences and perceptions on running for sport.

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

Predicting the Future of Endangered Hawksbills

A child atop a horse in Niger.
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

Students will examine themselves relative to their characteristics, abilities, and feelings. By making connections to children in another part of the world, they will discover that people are more alike than different.

Mosquito
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Video
  • Health & Wellness
  • Science
  • Global Issues

Students research malaria as a global health issue and discuss examples and ideas for preventing the spread of the disease.

Blind Man and the Elephant
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

Learners will examine the importance of perspective in how people perceive things.

Garbage Dump Field Trip
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Visit a nearby garbage dump to learn about waste disposal and its effects on the surrounding environment.

Rabbit drinking
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Folk Tale
  • Literature
  • English Language Arts

Students explore the literary elements of a Tanzanian folk tale about animals collaborating to dig a well.

A child running down in the road in the town of Ranomafana, Madagascar
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Personal Essay
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

Students will discover how the concepts of time and punctuality can differ markedly in the United States and another country.

Girls
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Women & Gender

This lesson conveys the obstacles girls face in their schooling, and is designed to help learners gain a different perspective and a sense of empathy for different life challenges.

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A goat stands on a rock overlooking the Myagdi river valley in Nepal.
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Folk Tale
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Literature
  • English Language Arts

Students will analyze the meanings and patterns of a folk tale.

Timeline for Decomposition
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Sort your garbage on a timeline to better understand decomposition.

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

This lesson plan explores the biodiversity that is alive around our schools and compares this with the biodiversity found in different types of world ecosystems.

Nicaragua bottle classroom
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

This warm up or review activity gets students to think on their toes and race to categorize waste materials!

Tree Hands
  • Grades K - 2
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

In this activity, students trace their hands and forearms to form the trunks and branches of trees.

Life Cycle of a Tree
  • Grades K - 2
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Act out the life cycle of a tree as a group.

Tree Planting Steps
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

In this activity, students break down the steps involved in planting trees.

Tree Treasures
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Students become tree detectives as they ask questions to identify and categorize tree products taped to their backs.

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

This lesson encourages students to ask questions about an animal's characteristics and act out its typical behavior

Water
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

An interactive activity to demonstrate how water sources are distributed throughout the environment.

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