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[Culture Daily 180°] | How to Bring Travel + Culture to the Classroom

Mar 02, 2019

What would you say if I told you that you could take a trip around the world with your students?

You'll visit six continents and over 100 countries.

Along the way you'll get a taste of the cultures, histories, and geography of the places you visit.

You'll get a visual glimpse of what life is like in each country.

Most importantly on this global trek, you'll be challenged with opportunities to think critically about 21st century issues and ideas relevant to each stop on your journey.

You'll be called upon as problem-solvers, creative thinkers and doers, and leaders of the future. 

What if I told you all of this was possible within the safe and familiar confines of your own classroom? 

I don't know about you, but this is exactly the type of resource I have been wishing for since I first decided to be a teacher. 

And I am abso-freakin-lutely thrilled, my friend, to tell you that this is no longer just wishful thinking!

[Cue] Culture Daily 180°. 🌎😎✈️🙌

Bring Travel + Culture to Your Classroom...

Yep, I've created the ultimate global resource for you!

180 days of travel. 180 days of culture. 180 days of TEACHING THE WORLD to your students.

And this resource isn't just about experiencing travel and fostering cultural awareness.

Students will actively be applying a research-based thinking strategy each day, as well as exercising valuable 21st century learning skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. 

Let me give you a peak into what's included!

This resource includes a Lesson Presentation and Teacher's Guide for each day's travels. You'll also get a couple extra features, like a Travel Journal for your students and vocabulary cards to post in your classroom.

Let's take a deeper dive into these goodies! 

🖥 Lesson Presentation...

First up, the [See Think Wonder] Picture Prompt.

You'll begin each day's lesson by guiding students through this research-based instructional strategy, where they will have an opportunity to exercise their critical thinking skills and make connections to what they see. The selected picture prompts provide students a glimpse into what life is like in each country they visit.

Digital media such as this promotes global and cultural awareness among students, all from the comfort of your classroom.

Could it be any more convenient?! :)

Why is this important?

Students benefit from the opportunity to make observations [See] and then develop their own ideas and interpretations based on what they see [Think]. They then can extend their thinking further by posing questions [Wonder] and making new connections.

This activity stimulates curiosity and an inquiry-based way of thinking, which are important foundational skills for the 21st century learner.

Following the picture prompt, students will dive deeper into their thinking and the country of study with the use of the lesson slides, which include country details, discussion questions, and 21st vocabulary words relating to the big ideas being discussed.

Begin with the Country Profile. Use the world map to identify where the country of the day is, show students what the national flag looks like, and learn what the capital city and official language(s) spoken in the country are. 

After the Country Profile, present the 21st century vocabulary words prior to reading the country's Spotlight [you'll see in the Teacher's Guide]. These words support the 21st century themes, which are spotlighted in each country of study. Discussing these words prior to reading the Spotlight will aid in comprehension and contribute to student understanding.

*Extra: vocabulary cards are included, so you can post in the classroom or collect on a word wall for continued reference and exposure over time!

After reading the country's Spotlight, you may choose to utilize the Tech Connect [again, you'll see in the Teacher's Guide]. This is another tool you can use to provide some background knowledge and aid in comprehension. Your students may find it extremely useful for the follow-up discussion questions.

 So now, move on to the Let's Discuss questions. You can complete these questions whole-group style to facilitate collaboration and collective idea-sharing. This discussion provides a great opportunity for students to learn to respectively communicate amongst each other when sharing ideas. These questions will encourage students to think deeper about the issues and big ideas relating to the day's country of travel. Students also gain an opportunity to expand their worldview and practice open-mindedness by listening to the connections and ideas of their peers. 

Finally, provide students with a prompt to "Think Like a Leader", to be completed independently. These prompts are designed to challenge students as problem solvers and to foster creativity and leadership skills. Your students are creative thinkers and doers, so help them flex and grow these muscles!

 This is a daily routine. Once you and your students are accustomed to this routine, it becomes a 15-20 minute daily practice that facilitates some of the most important 21st century learning skills you want to nurture in your students. 

Critical thinking. Problem-solving. Creativity. Leadership. Collaboration. Open-mindedness. Global citizenship. Cultural awareness. Its. All. Here.

Anddd.....it's my goal to make it as easy as possible for you. So I've included a Teacher's Guide for you to follow each day, with everything you need to facilitate the lesson all in one place.

📓 Teacher's Guide...

Ok, so now let's talk about student ownership. It's important for students' to take ownership in this practice by logging their travels in some way. Which is why I've created a monthly Travel Journal for students to record their journey along each stop of the way.

✏️Travel Journal...

The Travel Journal includes a world map for students to mark the places they visit each week, space to record each day's vocabulary words, space to record their response to the "Think Like a Leader" prompt for each day, and a B&W national flag representing each day's country of travel.

So do you like what you see?

If you do, then I've got some gooood news for you.

You can try out Week 1 of Culture Daily 180° FO' FREE by downloading the free sample in the Teach the World TpT store!

Say whaaaaaaaat?!?!

Yep, try it out for free, because I love you and I know you are going to love using this with your students!

If you try it, you like it, then definitely take advantage of the growing bundle in my TpT store. As each month is added to the bundle, the price will increase, so take advantage and get in early before the price goes up!

 Alright teacher friend, the ball is in your court now, get on out there and Teach the World :)

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