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LINK: Making a Difference Through Giving Home
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Watching the video
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Watching the Video

Image of a notebook with the following text displayed: Reflect: As you reflect on these questions, write down your responses or discuss them in a group.

Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:

  • How do you introduce current issues in your curriculum? How do you choose which current issues to cover?
  • What are some ways to promote a sense of civic responsibility in young students?
  • Why is it important for students to study and discuss current issues?
  • What factors do you consider in teaching young students about controversial issues?
  • How do the study of controversial issues and community service link with citizenship education in social studies?

Watch the Video
As you watch "Making a Difference Through Giving," take notes on Ms. Jones-Inge's instructional strategies, particularly how she urges children to make a realistic contribution to the world. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.


Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:

  • What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
  • What strategies did Ms. Jones-Inge use to engage students in abstract world issues?
  • What evidence do you see that Ms. Jones-Inge respects all students' opinions?
  • What might have been taught in prior lessons to prepare students to address controversial issues? What lessons might follow?

Looking Closer
Let's take a second look at Ms. Jones-Inge's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.

Ms. Jones-Inge
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Identifying Issues: Video Segment
Go to this segment in the video by matching the image (to the left) on your video screen. You'll find this segment approximately 3 minutes into the video. Watch for about 6 minutes.

Ms. Jones-Inge's students have been discussing issues they read about in newspapers. As the lesson begins, they describe the problems people in Punta Arenas, Chile, have with overexposure to the sun. Then students discuss local, national, and global problems that they can help solve.

  • What makes depletion of the ozone layer an especially interesting issue for students in Ms. Jones-Inge's class to discuss?
  • How does Ms. Jones-Inge work with students to explore this issue?
  • How does Ms. Jones-Inge help students identify local, national, and global problems that they might solve?
Students in the classroom.
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Choosing Realistic Goals for Action: Video Segment
Go to this segment in the video by matching the image (to the left) on your video screen. You'll find this segment approximately 16 minutes into the video. Watch for about 5 minutes.

The students have voted to determine the groups that will be formed. They are working together to identify some realistic "gifts" they can offer to their community, nation, and world.

  • What examples show that the students are aware of global issues?
  • Are the "gifts" realistic ones for fourth-grade students to give? Why or why not?

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