Social studies - Gr. 3.2: Global citizenship

General Outcome: Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Canada’s roles and responsibilities in global citizenship in relation to communities in India, Tunisia, Ukraine and Peru. (from Alberta Education)
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Motivating text and real-world examples introduce readers to the concept of community service. Readers will discover ways that people in communities can work together to solve problems and create positive change. Inspiring stories that show children participating in civic action will empower and encourage young readers to believe in their own abilities to make a difference.

Motivating text and real-world examples introduce readers to the concept of community service. Readers will discover ways that people in communities can work together to solve problems and create positive change. Inspiring stories that show children participating in civic action will empower and encourage young readers to believe in their own abilities to make a difference.

This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people, most of them teenagers or younger adults, from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Gr. 5 and up.

Environmental Book Club Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet by Harriet Rohmer with illustrations by Julie McLaughlin is a terrific collection of minibios.

Craig Kielburger was 12 years old when he first learned about child labor and decided to try to help, eventually co-founding Free the Children.

This book was recommended to inspire students to take action. It is the Craig Kielburger story.

Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way, until the garbage affected gardens, livestock and the health of the villagers. Isatou decided something had to be done and started reusing the bags for craft projects, that also brought in money.

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Millbrook Picture Books) by Miranda Paul

A biography of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, who from a young age was determined to make difference in the world and eventually revolutionized global antipoverty efforts by developing the innovative economic concept of micro-lending. Includes an afterword and author's sources.

From wanting to help one woman, Muhammad Yunus soon became a “banker to the poor”. Muhammad went on to loan ten billion US dollars to twelve million people worldwide. He received Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

Maasai tribal members, after hearing the story of the September 11th attacks from a young Massai, who was in New York on that day, decide to present the American people with fourteen sacred cows as a healing gift.

14 Cows for America by Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, Carmen Agra Deedy, and illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez (Peachtree Publishing, dekalb library has copies.

Describes projects for the young activist, such as fighting hunger, ending poverty, and saving the environment. Gr.4-8

Describes projects for the young activist, such as fighting hunger, ending poverty, and saving the environment.

Profiles forty-five children around the world who are taking steps to help the environment through fund-raising, public demonstrations, and creating activist art, and includes suggestions on how readers can get involved. Gr.3-6

The 45 kids mentioned have helped improve the environment and the lives of others.

Canada and the global village by Don Wells

Canada and the global village by Don Wells

After getting lost while trying to climb the mountain K2, Greg Mortenson found himself in a Pakistani village. After being rescued and nursed to health by the villagers, Mortenson wonders what he can do to thank them. Advised by a wise elder to ?listen to the wind,? Mortenson becomes aware of children?s voices, children he has helped teach during his convalescence, and he decides to build them a school.

Mortenson stumbled, lost and delirious, into a remote Himalayan village after a failed climb up The villagers saved his life, and he vowed to return and build them a school. The remarkable story of his promise kept is now perfect for reading aloud.


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