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I am looking to teach a lesson about the Philippines to a class of first graders. Teaching about a country so far away to a group this age seems daunting. Any concrete, hands-on ideas? Thank you!

Nov 24, 2013 7:31pm

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    • Dec 3, 2013 4:09am


      In the spirit of Universal Design for Learning, provide multiple means of representation. Show them video clips, pictures, and allow them to work with different types of maps - globes, paper maps, google earth, etc...Even though it's far, you could look on a travel site and see exactly how far to takes to get their by plane. Maybe some of your students have been on a plane, so they could realize that even though it's far, it's only a trip away!


      • Dec 3, 2013 4:06pm

        Thank you for responding! Great ideas - like the travel site suggestion.

        • Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm

          Spark the kids interest by hooking them from the very beginning. Bring in music, attire if possible, pictures etc. to get the kids wanting to learn more. Also have available reading material on the culture of the Philippines as well as video clips etc. Let your imagination go wild and theirs will too!!!

          • Dec 7, 2013 10:07am

            And of course make it relevant by mentioning how Typhoon Haiyan had affected some aspect related to the standard that you're teaching.