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If the World Were a Village

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If The World Were A Village" (isbn 1550747797) has been widely and favorably reviewed in journals such as Booklist and Horn Book and School Library Journal. are often hard for children to comprehend, to grasp (and yes, even adults often have trouble with this). Consequently, this book has given me a perspective on the world I would never understand through the real numbers represented. Lesson ideas include: Earth Day, Social Studies communities (macro to micro), global citizenship, text features, math statistics and ratios, etc. To support this aim, members of the NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice.

As well as interpreting real data, this activity gives an opportunity to consider how data are presented and interpreted.

I would love to see an updated version of this in my classroom, and it would definitely be a tool I use year after year for lesson planning. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Of course, much further study needs to be done to understand where and why these situations occur (for example, a baby born in the village today could expect to live to age 63; obviously, this is an average as some countries have high infant and childhood mortality rates whereas those in America can expect to live into their 70s or 80s) but and the author provides some teaching ideas and resources at the back of the book for parents and teachers who wish to do just that.

The 2nd Edition of the bestselling book which has sold over 400 000 copies in 17 languages -- updated with new content and insights about the world's people. Contents covered for a 100 person village based on world population are: a welcome to the global village, nationalities, languages, ages, religions, food, air and water, schooling and literacy, money and possessions, electricity, the village in the past, the village in the future, teaching children about the global village (a section I think is wonderful and I was most appreciative it was included), and a note on sources and how the calculations were made. Access to Electricity In our global village… 76 people have electricity 24 people do not Of the 76 people who have electricity most use it only for light at night Some villagers have luxuries that depend on electricity.It's a good way to look at communities and our own impact around the world, as well as just to help students understand the magnitude of the world better. Smith has also and appreciatively included a detailed list of teaching suggestions, as well as relevant bibliographical sources for the data utilised, turning If the World Were a Village into an essential and informative resource for both teachers and parents (and while some of the teaching suggestions might indeed be rather standard, many of them, such as for example the concept of partnering schools, of fostering sister/brother communities around the world are in my opinion truly imaginative and innovative). But I’m doubtful this book itself will spark readers’ curiosity in the world and people around them: it simply isn’t engaging or emotionally affecting enough.

For example, Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins follows the journey of a young girl who seeks to break the constraints of society's views about women. Smith's text, providing a fitting complement, a wonderful and richly evocative mirror to and of the information presented.To enhance the audience’s ability to understand you, speak slowly and clearly, and articulate carefully.

It’s moving to see how much effort these impoverished people put into their small homes, making them as tidy and attractive as they could. To his credit, he has some concrete advice for teachers and parents, like having a world map in the room, playing geography games, and making pen pals from different countries. A gallery based on the book 'If the World Were a Village' by David J Smith and Shelagh Armstrong has opened and needs some exhibits. ways will make children curious about the effects of the different representations and keen to create their own ways of presenting effectively. In his interesting epilogue, Smith talks about the need to encourage “world-mindedness” in children – a laudable goal.It teaches you that some people go to bed hungry and some people don't even eat at all as well as people that don't get fresh water to drink. This book (an updated version to reflect the current population) would be great to teach a variety of skills in social studies and math. And I have learned by experience that –although people are people wherever you go– audiences may have divergent habits and react differently to what you say and what you do. I read this aloud to my 6 year old daughter, (she just turned 6) and she's not quite at the point where she really understood that 100 people were representing all the people.

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