Final Project: Differences Make the World Go 'Round

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • Why are there differences among people and families?
  • In what ways can people be the same? Different?
  • What makes things the same? Different?
  • How can we describe things by similarities and differences?
  • How do similarities and differences make the world more interesting?

Skills

  • Describe how individuals are unique and valued (SS)
  • Identify different groups to which individuals belong (SS)
  • Examine diverse family structures around the world (SS)
  • Recognize that families and groups have similarities and differences (SS)
  • Compare and contrast customs and traditions of families in communities around the world (SS)
  • Explore different forms of transportation (SS)
  • Identify family customs and traditions and explain their importance (SS)

Materials

  • A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World by DK Publishing
  • a book about a country or continent of your child's choice
  • books on countries and cultures
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • glue
  • map
  • old magazines* (optional)
  • scissors
  • stapler

* - denotes an optional material that may or may not be needed

Introduction

Materials: A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World by DK Publishing, a book about a country or continent of your child's choice, books on countries and cultures, map
Tell your child that for this project, she will demonstrate similarities and differences between herself and a child from another country. Discuss some of the different countries represented in A Life Like Mine and ask her what country she would like to learn more about. It does not have to be a country found in the book.

Locate the country she chooses on the map. Read about it in a book or on the Internet. This would be a good time to take a trip to the library and discuss the difference between the fiction and the nonfiction sections of the children's books. Read about the food, clothing, activities, transportation, and environment of the people in the country your child selected.