Curriculum Integration Ideas
- Note: You may want to teach the students about banner
ads and teach them not to follow them. Some of these pages have
- Here's a great page: African
Arts and Teaching Resources.
- Quiz.pdf and quiz2.pdf
(two variations of a review)
- If you can, subscribe to Cricket
Magazine (for ages 9+). They feature great multi-cultural
- Take your students on a tour with live cams around the world
Cam World. Scroll down on this page and choose the country.
(This page could be distracting to kids, I would bookmark the
actual cam page and show it from the front of the classroom instead
of having students visit).
- For each quarter, I chose one country per week up to the
last week of the quarter. I saved that week to do a review. For
review week, I put up all the flags and maps without labels and
had the students figure out which country each flag and map represented.
At first I chose countries that I knew something about or that
fit into a certain area of the world. Then students offered to
get involved and I let them choose the countries for the next
quarter. I also let them create the list of prayer needs for
each country and then I typed them up. You could also coordinate
these countries with your social studies units.
- Every day at the end of worship, we talked about the country
and the needs for that day. I also took other prayer requests
and praises from the class.
- One quarter, I advertised the countries in the church bulletin
and asked for help. Someone brought in pictures and objects from
one country. Another person showed us slides and told us about
another country. Next time I'd plan ahead and advertise the countries
each quarter because the students enjoyed the presentations.
- *The students got inspired to
help pay for children to get immunization shots from ADRA
(Adventist Development and Relief Association). We raised enough
money to help over 60 children who would have died otherwise.
This just shows that when you pray for something, it isn't long
before God shows you how to help!
- *Visit ADRA
and choose Resources and request their free newsletter!
- *Get old copies of the Review
and look at the news notes for the countries.
- *Collect stories from AFM
and share them. Or adopt a missionary from one of the countries
and send them encouraging letters and raise money for them.
- *Read other information about
AWR and the other stories.
- Give each student a map of the world and color and label
the countries as you pray for them. Quiz them on the cumulative
countries at the end of each week.
- Assign research reports on the countries. Each student chooses
one of the quarter's (or year's) countries and writes a research
report. Information could be presented the same week you pray
for the country.
- Study and compare capital cities, climates, cultures, religions,
- Assign worksheets to find out more information about each
country each week (See my bibliography
for the book of worksheets I found on Africa).
- Visit www.shareware.com
and search for flags or geography to find some neat games kids
can play to learn geography and flags of the world.
- Print blank flags and maps and color
and label them.
- Visit 3DFlags.com to
find lots of flags!
Investigating Your Heritage is a great activity to teach
students about the World Factbook and their heritage. Great lead-in
lesson for this program.
- Have students make charts and graphs of the population and
religions in each country. Compare countries. Operation World
has lots of statistics that can be manipulated and studied in
math class. (see bibliography)
- For math, have the students keep a list of the countries
and their population. You can get this from the E-Conflict
page also linked from the student's country list. Then have them
put in order which is lowest/highest and compare to the US.
- Another math idea is to create problems from The
World's Main Languages.
- For math, have an international bank and get the exchange
rates from the CIA
World Factbook, Lonely
Planet's Destinations, or E-Conflict.
Then assign a student to be the banker each day/week and other
students "bring in money" to be exchanged and the banker
must calculate the correct amount.
- Have students search the Internet or other electronic resources
for information on that week's country. See my country
list for links, questions, and activities.
- *If you get a chance, participate
in ADRA's global village. (This is awesome for any students -
the latest one was in Washington, DC.) Or write and ask them
for information on it. They have some neat cross curricular activities
to teach students about how people live in other areas of the
- If you have any other ideas to add to this list, please email me.