In “Communities around the World,” students learn about communities around the globe and about global citizenship. Students bring with them knowledge about their communities. In this course, students make comparisons across time and space, examining different communities and their cultures. Culture includes social organization, customs and traditions, language, arts and literature, religion, forms of government, and economic systems. Students are introduced to the concepts of prejudice, discrimination and human rights, as well as to social action.
Our first guiding question is, “How does our culture make us similar and different?” Currently, the children are learning more about the word culture. They are learning that culture is an umbrella term for social organization, customs and traditions, holidays, language, arts and literature, religion, clothing, foods, and more. We are beginning with the cultures of our own classroom families through many discussions and the family crest project. This project will be a springboard to learning more about the cultural makeup of the United States and global communities around the world.