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Activity 2: Up, Down, and Around (GLEs: 2, 8, 51, 52)

Materials List: Everybody Cooks Rice and All Kinds 
of Families, world desk map, globes, chart paper 
Engage students in a discussion of the purpose and 
function of a map and globe and describe their basic
characteristics. Have each student explore globes 
and maps, discuss their various features, and describe 
their basic characteristics.  
Then give students a desk map of the world and show 
them how the world is made up of many different countries. 
(e.g., China, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South 
Africa, etc.).   Have students sketch various landforms
(continents, islands, mountains) found around the world.  
Tell students that, like the land, people around the world 
share many likenesses and differences.  Discuss with 
students ways they think people around the world would 
be like them or different from them.  Focus on the elements 
of culture and how it helps meet human needs for clothing, 
food, and shelter. 

The teacher will use the directed reading-thinking activity or DR-TA (view literacy strategy descriptions) which invites students to make predictions, and then check their predictions during and after the reading.  The teacher will build background knowledge by showing students pictures of children from different countries.  Then the teacher will lead a discussion that elicits information the students may already have about children around the world. 

The teacher should choose one of the following books or a similar book to read to the students: Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley or All Kinds of Families by Norma Smith.  Discuss the title of the book and have students make predictions about the story.  Write student predictions on the board or on chart paper.  Then read the book, stopping occasionally to check studentsí predictions and to revise predictions when necessary.  Once the reading is completed, use student predictions as a discussion tool to help students understand the connection between them and children around the world.  Discuss with the students how children around the world are alike and different. 

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