One World Together

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one world together

Best suited to:

K – Year 2

KLAs covered:

English, PDH (empathy), geography


  • places are different and have different features;
  • children live in different places, do different things and have different interests but are also similar – and similar to us – in many ways;
  • we can be friends with people who are different to us;
  • the places they live are important to children;
  • the places they live influence how children live;
  • world geography: where is Brazil? Where is Japan? Where is Russia?

Need to know:

  • a very simple text about a little boy who travels to different countries looking for friends;
  • each double-page spread features a child from a different country and 2-5 pictures and facts about the child’s life;
  • the last page features a fold-out image of the world, the children and the words: ‘we are one world together’;

Discussion Questions (before reading):

  • what do you see, think and wonder about the book when you look at the cover?
  • what do you think this book will be about?
  • do you think we can be friends with people who are different from us? Why or why not?

Discussion Questions (after reading):

  • have you ever visited/lived in another country? what did you notice about the children’s homes/schools/games?
  • show the children one of the double-page spreads in the book: how is this child’s life the same as yours? What things are different?
  • why do you think the author wrote this book? What do you think is the message of the book?
  • do you have a favourite page? Which one and why?


K – Year 1

Children draw one of the children from the book and write a sentence about him or her: There are elephants in Lukas’s country;

Year 2

Model this activity on the classroom’s whiteboard first:

  • children create a page about their own life in the same format as the book;
  • children think of 3-5 things about their lives they’d like to include;
  • they use their own name. For example: I went to Sydney. I met a girl called Olivia. Olivia … 
  • children illustrate their work;

Additional activities:

  • watch an episode of Where in the World” and discuss what the children notice about the lives of the children shown in the clip. How are their lives different from – and the same as – the lives of the children in your classroom?
  • look up some of the countries mentioned in the book on a globe or world map and discuss. How far away are they? Has anyone in the class visited the country?
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