One World Together
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Best suited to:
K – Year 2
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;
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;
- 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?