I'm part of a professional learning community with educators who are working with one of the SD27 Learning Support Coordinators, Ms. Isabella MacQuarrie (@BellaMacQ), to work with students in our classrooms around a big idea. Bella is a SET-BC representative in our district and so part of this work comes through that role. You can find more information about Bella's big projects and my PLC - HERE.
Last Monday, Bella came to help me launch the start of our project "Big Lake Difference Makers" with our intermediate class. These students are in grades 5, 6. and 7 and are already thoughtful, curious learners who are great citizens. I wanted to introduce the curricular concepts of global citizenship, "making a difference", and world issues in a super powerful and relevant way. By starting a yearlong classroom project, we can attack this curriculum in a really unique way.
In this introductory lesson, Bella began by showing our students and thought-provoking short film (10 minutes) about world issues. We then turned to the UN Global Goals website and associated app on the small class set of iPad Pros that Bella brought with her for us to demo and learn on. After exploring more about the Global Goals with a partner, students came back together and ranked what they felt really spoke to them as THE most important goals, relevant to them/their interests. It was really interesting what they chose (see stickers on the blue goals below)! We watched the animated video (above) to really solidfy our understanding of the big picture. In our next lesson, the students are going to work with the iPad Pros using the program Adobe Spark Video (I love this app!) to create a PSA (public service announcement) about a goal and objective that they've selected. They'll use their persuasive skills (we're working on that in Language Arts...) to convince the others that their goal is the most important.
***PLC Partners: There is SO MUCH CONTENT in this area for educators to check out. The UN Global Goals website is rich in lesson material, check it out: worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/