How do children around the world go to school?

I let my fingers do the walking through pinterest when I stumbled across a great site that lends itself to a perfect beginning-of-school lesson.  This site is written in Dutch, but have no fear, you don't need to read Dutch to use this lesson.  If you use Chrome, you will use the translate button on the toolbar near the top of the page.  Here's a picture with an arrow pointing to the translation message:

Here's the translated version:


The slide show tells how children from various countries go to school.  It tells about children from Kenya, Colombia, Jordan, Nepal, the North Pole, Amazon rainforest, Sudan, and more.  There are times when we as teachers feel like we don't have all of the resources we would like to have.  It's very easy to look at neighboring school districts who have more resources and compare ourselves. Who doesn't want a Smart Board!  But, if you watch this slideshow, you will feel a new appreciation for all that you have at your job.

PLEASE NOTE:  At this time, the slideshow above is not available.  I found other resources for you.

Teaching Tips:
*Locate the different countries on a map or globe.
*Compare how your students go to school to the children from other countries with the venn diagram.

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Tricia said...

This is awesome. We teach cultures and usually do Christmas around the world. Wouldn't it be great to use this for schools around the world. Thanks for sharing.

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Unknown said...

What a great idea~ Thanks so much for sharing. I think I may use this the first week of school as an introduction. It will really help me see where my student's skill level for compare/contrast is

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Room 214-Ms. Wenzel's Blog said...

Thanks for sharing! This is perfect for my 2nd Graders as we understand how we are different/alike students across the world! Great site to spark numerous conversations!

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas said...

WoW! This really makes me proud and grateful to be an American! I can't wait to use this on the first week of school.
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Anonymous said...

This is so neat and I would love to use it in my 2nd grade class but I am having trouble getting it to translate. Is there any way you can save the translated version and send it to me? Thanks! :)

Michelle said...

I am sorry but I do not have a translated copy that I can send. When I use Google Chrome it translates for me.