Our grade 4 and 5 learners are currently expanding their perspectives on the world’s population (size), and how they each have an effect on the Earth’s sustainability.
The students are first learning about the world’s people through a ‘pre-test’ done together, and then they watch a video that breaks down the population of the world into various constituents (race, age, gender, literacy skills, access to resources). Included in the video is also an interactive piece where students stand up if they are privileged with a variety of factors (refrigerated foods, clothing in a closet, sleep in a bed, and have a roof over their head), as that shows them that they are richer than 75% of the world’s population. Encouraging our children to be happy, healthy, and HUMBLED is one of my biggest goals!
Finally, the students hear about a story where they see that even ONE person can make a difference. They then engage in an interactive “game” online called Free Rice (freerice.org), where they answer trivia-like questions (spelling, math, geography, literacy) in order to earn rice to donate to the World Food Programme. This is an incredible website, which serves a fun purpose along with promoting global awareness and citizenship!
*FreeRice.org is something that can be done outside of school, too! You can ALWAYS give!