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The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners

The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners

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February 2014 | 256 pages | Corwin

Integrate global learning activities in your elementary classrooms today with this easy-to-use guide!

The world is more interrelated today than ever before. This smart, all-in-one resource from widely acclaimed authors Homa Tavangar and Becky Morales helps busy, budget-conscious educators give younger students the global edge. You’ll find hundreds of easy, stand-alone activities, resources, and projects to:

  • Seamlessly integrate your existing K–5 Common Core curriculum with fun, interactive global awareness themes and activities
  • Effectively recruit more parent and community volunteers and organizations
  • Securely and productively use social media for student global collaboration projects
  • Confidently infuse fresh ideas and best practices into your international events
  • Plan after-school global awareness clubs, foreign language programs, and cross-curricular activities

This book includes a handy 12-month timeline, backmapping tips, a checklist of 50+ ready-to-start projects and activities, and invaluable links to online global education sites, as well as the author’s site that includes tools, templates, references, and much more (

Bring the world into your classroom the easy, practical way with this ready-to-use guide!

Introduction: What You Can Get Out of This Book
Chapter 1. How to Get Started: Planning Considerations for Bringing the Global to Your School
Chapter 2. Things to Do: Look at all the Places We Can Go!
Section 1: School-Wide Crafts and Displays

Section 2: Incorporating Food

Section 3: Music, Movement, Sports, and Play

Section 4: Global Fair/International Festival Activities

Section 5: Integrating Global Perspectives Into the School Environment Throughout the Year

Chapter 3. Infusing Global Learning Into Academic Subject Areas (With Special Consideration for Aligning Common Core Standards)
Section 1: "Global Competence" in the Context of the Common Core

Section 2: Language Arts (Aligned With Common Core)

Section 3: Mathematics (Aligned With Common Core)

Section 4: Social Studies

Section 5: Science

Section 6: Music

Section 7: Art

Section 8: World Languages

Chapter 4. Technology Tools to Connect With the World: Unlocking Global Education 2.0
Section 1: Social Media

Section 2: Class Blogs and Wikis

Section 3: Videoconferencing

Section 4: Online Clearing-houses for Lesson Plans

Section 5: Digital Multimedia in the Classroom

Section 6: Global Education Professional Development Opportunities

Chapter 5. Charitable Giving and Service: Ready, Set, Make a Difference!
Section 1: Thinking About Service-Learning

Section 2: Engaging in Service: Who, What, Where, Why, and How

Section 3: Fundraising With a Purpose: Resource-building That's a Win-Win-Win

Section 4: Amazing! Examples Highlighting What it Looks Like When Kids Make a Difference Globally

Section 5: 12 Take-Aways From Awesome Kids Changing the World for the Better

Appendix 1: Global Education Recommended Reading List
Appendix 2: Additional Resources


"We all seem to agree that the globalized world needs globally competent citizens but how to cultivate global competence in our traditionally isolated schools and increasingly narrowed curriculum presents a daunting challenge to our already overworked teachers. In this well-written book, Homa Sabet Tavangar and Becky Mladic-Morales provide numerous practical and inspiring ideas for creating opportunities to foster global competency. A must-have for both experienced and beginning educators who care about their children’s future."

Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair, University of Oregon
Author of World Class Learners

"I’ve been deeply concerned as I travel around the country by how little attention is being paid to the global competence of our nation’s young people. In the 21st century we need global citizens and students capable of thriving in the global economy. Fortunately, Homa Sabet Tavangar and Becky Mladic-Morales have written a tremendous new resource for educators who want a comprehensive guide to how to bring global competence to their students. Not only do their students need these global competencies, they are anxiously waiting to be taught in these contexts. Don’t wait another minute to construct them!"

Ken Kay, CEO
EdLeader 21, Tucson, AZ

"We have been wading around for a number of years talking about global-ready graduates, but unable to marry the desire we have for our students to obtain global competency skills with the realities of preparing students for standardized tests. Now we can.

One only need to look inside the cover at the ten ways the book can be used to know that a long-awaited answer to desperately needed curricular and pedagogical changes in the new global world order has arrived. Thank you.

Tavangar and Morales nail it by offering clever, economical, and practical suggestions to merge traditional academic content with desperately needed global competency skills in our curriculum. Not a book to be read, pondered, then shelved, but rather a manual to be open on the teacher’s desk at all times.

I need this now."

Robert M. Hollister, Ed.D., Superintendent
Eastern Lancaster County School District, Lancaster, PA

"This book is a gift to educators with heartfelt, rigorous, and creative strategies to make the shift from the last century to the now. Tavangar and Mladic-Morales have shaped an organized, dynamic, and thoughtful series of both classic and digital approaches to personalizing the global for our learners."   

Heidi Hayes Jacobs, President
Curriculum Designers

"An invaluable how-to guide for educators and parents who want to better prepare children for work and citizenship in the 21st century. Filled with practical suggestions, it is an essential resource for teaching and parenting in today's interdependent world."

Tony Wagner, Author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators
Innovation Education Fellow, Harvard University

"Joy and skill! That’s what this compendium of insights, innovations and practical wisdom ultimately delivers! Homa Tavangar and Becky Morales open up a true 21st century toolkit for teachers and parents alike. This work uses the engine of a child’s wonder to spark a revolution in “learning tools” for helping children express their deepest joy."

John Hunter, President and Founder
World Peace Game Foundation

"Homa Sabet Tavangar and Becky Mladic-Morales have created a masterful collection of resources and practical strategies for building global competency in young learners. At a time when it has never been more critical to ensure that young people develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to thrive in our interconnected, diverse global society, this book is a roadmap for educators looking to globalize their approach."

Dana Mortensen, Co-Founder and Executive Director
World Savvy, Minneapolis, MN

"This book engaged, empowered, and educated me deeper as an elementary educator. It encouraged me to continue building that global learning community in my classroom. The ideas and activities provide opportunities for differentiated instruction and support the state standards across the curriculum. This is the next best thing to actually taking your students on a long field trip around the world!"

Luke Merchlewitz, 2011 Teacher of Excellence
State of Minnesota

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