Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. TDIGH: First Meeting of the Security Council The United Nations Security Council, which is tasked with the responsibility of “maintaining international peace and security,” … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, January 16 – 22
Jeremy Forgione teaches social studies and language arts at West Woods Upper Elementary in Farmington, Connecticut. He has been teaching for 15 years and emphasizes the importance of perseverance and peace in his 6th grade class. Activity: War and Peace Grade: 6 Time Commtment: 2 Class Periods “War and Peace” is an artistic and reflective project that demonstrates the value and fragility of peace. Each student spends … Continue reading Projects for Peace: Using Art to Teach Students the Value of Peace
Larisa Tarasevich is an English teacher in rural Siberia. She has been teaching for 22 years. Activity: Doves for Peace Grades: 2-11 I’ve been practicing international collaboration with schools around the world for many years. My classes have participated in parcel, toy, book, and card exchanges; pen pals; and blogging. We use Skype to interview interesting people, for cultural exchange, to participate in Mystery Skype, … Continue reading Educator of the Week Shares Doves for Peace Project
Sarah Lavezzo, this week’s Educator of the Week, is an enrichment teacher for grades 1-5 at an elementary school in Washington, D.C. She previously taught fifth grade. This is her second year using the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Peacebuilding Toolkit with her students. Activity: Peacebuilding Grade Level: 1-5 Time Commitment: fifteen 45-minute sessions (can be modified to be longer/shorter) While teaching fifth grade, I attended a … Continue reading Sarah Lavezzo: Peacebuilding Toolkit
WORLD Two champions of children have won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were honored “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” (New York Times) Use our resources to learn more about other Nobel Prize winners. Teachers: Scroll all the way down for a short list of key … Continue reading Who is Malala?