Kristi Barnes engaged her sixth-grade world history students in an exploration of reading and writing around the world. By supplementing a unit on ancient Japan with haiku writing exercises and the novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, she helped students make personal connections to the material. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Exploring History Through Reading and Writing
WORLD Japan is a KitKat-lover’s paradise, with so many unique varieties—an estimated 300—that some travelers visit Japan just to try them. (Los Angeles Times) How is KitKat a case study in globalization? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The great L.A. Times article describes the globalization of the KitKat candy bar. What are KitKats? KitKat, … Continue reading What’s Up with KitKat in Japan?
Allison Fuisz challenged her 7th-grade students to develop their geographic knowledge by finding a new home for the Wicked Witch of the West. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Finding a Home for the Wicked Witch
ENVIRONMENT The Tohoku tsunami of 2011 caused longest maritime migration ever recorded, with crustaceans, sea slugs and worms riding 4,800 miles from Japan to the North American west coast. (The Guardian) What was the Tohoku tsunami? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit Text Set. Discussion Ideas The “tsunami travelers” described in the Guardian article are associated with … Continue reading Tsunami Travelers
Jennifer Bevill is a technology teacher who empowers students to use technology as a tool for communication, collaboration, and connection. She took her students on a silent walk to sharpen their observations of their school environment. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: From Close Observation to Community Action