BRIDGES to Understanding is a Seattle based non-profit engaging students worldwide in direct, interactive learning and storytelling to build cross-cultural understanding. Climate Change is BRIDGE’s theme for the 2007-2009 school years.
The lesson plans pose a big question: “How is Climate Change an opportunity for us?” This question is worked with in three phases:
1. Introductions :: Who are we and what do we care about?
2. Shared Learning about Climate Change :: Why is Climate Change occurring and how does it impact the earth? What human practices effect Climate Change? Who are the stakeholders in this issue and what must they agree on?
3. Final Project :: What can/will we do about Climate Change?
Developing a sense of global interconnectedness, an understanding of the implications of climate change for each others' region, and empowerment to act on the issue are the goals of this project. Community engagement is the cornerstone for student success. Students will explore this critical issue from their local as well as global perspectives.
Eleven classrooms in Seattle are directly paired with eleven classrooms in Peru, Guatemala, South Africa, India, Canada and the West Bank and Israel and they will look at the political, cultural and physical causes and effects of global warming. You can follow their progress, and share their learning with your own students through online forum dialogues, video conferencing and digital stories.
DOWNLOAD :: Bridges Climate Change Curriculum
Reprinted with kind permission of BRIDGES to Understanding. BRIDGES to Understanding offers digital storytelling workshops locally and internationally to help educators learn how to use this powerful form of communication and learning in their classroom. For examples of digital stories, explore the BRIDGES to Understanding website. You can sign up for their e-newsletter for updates on teaching materials, international workshops, and stories from their students.
The above materials accompany the April 2008 YES! Education Connection Newsletter