Global Education Resources: Grades 6-8
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The International Relations Council is pleased to offer supplemental global education resources covering a variety of currently taught international topics for the use of teachers and students.

It is important to keep in mind that the Global Education Resources should serve as a starting point for your global education. This is not an all-encompassing list of activities; instead, it provides you and other students with enough information and resource to begin learning about the world. As an apolitical, nonpartisan organization, the International Relations Council does not endorse any of the organizations, associations, universities, bodies or websites cited in this guide.

This page contains resources for students in grades 6-8. Simply click the resource title to be linked to the source. If there's a resource you don't see here, or if you have additional resources you would like to share or request, please click here ยป.

Key to Resource Standards
Standard 1: Choices and Consequences | Standard 2: Rights and Responsibilities

Standard 3: Culture, Values, & Diversity | Standard 4: Change and Continuity

Standard 5: Dynamic Relationships

Borders Around the World: Lesson plan designed to be used in conjunction with the film 9 Star Hotel to help students examine and compare borders around the world and their related issues. (Focus on Israeli-Palestinian conflict but can be adapted to fit other border issues)

Objectives: understand and interpret a video clip, analyze information on the history of a border, strategies being used to secure that border, and how people on both sides of the border view those strategies


The Changing Face of AmericaTwo activities where students interpret tables and census data to understand the implications of changing patterns in immigration at national, state and local level. 

Objectives: understand historical and contemporary patterns of immigration to the United States, observe immigration markers in cultural landscapes, and identify trends in population changes in the state and community   


Contributions of Immigrants: Students will select and research the life and contributions of one notable immigrant. They will then write a dramatic monologue in the voice of the individual they researched.

Objectives: identify and investigate the contributions immigrants have made and how the contributions have influenced the nation and personal perspectives


Demographics of Immigration: Using United States Census Data: Students will study U.S. Census data to create charts and graphs representing past and current immigration trends.

Objectives: Analyze U.S. Census data regarding immigrant demographics, compare and contrast data to determine demographic changes over time, calculate percentages and apply other mathematical skills to arrive at conclusions regarding historic and current immigrant trends and patterns


European Borders Around the WorldStudents will compare maps of European borders at three points in history - after WWI and WWII and current borders of European Union countries - and look at how they have changed or remained the same and compare them to their own state or area.

Objectives: Make generalizations about what they have learned about changes in Europe, identify similar patterns of change in their local area or state, identify how political borders have changed over the past 100 years, compare changes in political borders to physical and cultural features of Europe  


The Trading Game: Students simulate the trading of goods between countries and reflect on challenges.

Objectives: simulate trade between countries, adjust to new world situations as they arise, reflect on what they learned about trade between countries


Trash: Students role-play as Bayview City Council members to consider the costs and benefits to both sellers and buyers of trash. Then they will transfer understanding of trash exchange to environmental issue of trade between developed and developing countries.

Objectives: Understand and analyze the context under which choices are made and their consequences, understand the economic role of the government