The International Relations Council is pleased to offer supplemental global education resources covering a variety of international topics currently taught 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 K-5. 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.
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
The Changing Face of America: Two activities where students interpret tables and census data to understand the implications of changing patterns in immigration at the national, state, and local levels. (4)
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
Follow the Food: Various strategies educators can use to design lesson plans that use cooking as an instructional tool to develop young people’s understanding of people and culture. (3)
Objectives: Expand student’s worldview which can include reinforcing geographic concepts, connecting food’s origins to history, exploring the impact of food on rituals and religions, describing cultural characteristics of your family and class members
Holiday Culture Collage: A project where students create a collage that showcases their family’s culture and how they spend the holidays. At the end, they will give a brief oral presentation to the class. (3)
Objectives: Explore different cultures, increase oral communication skills
Multicultural Restaurant Chef: Students role-play as prospective chefs of a new multicultural restaurant. They will research the foods of multiple cultures and create an advertisement depicting their favorite foods. (3)
Objectives: Improve research skills, learn about different cultures
Why People Move: Students take a migration poll and discuss a new place they might like to move to and why people might move to the area. (1)
Objectives: Explain the pros and cons of moving to a new place, explain why people move, define migration
A World at Peace: Students will brainstorm the basic rights of people everywhere by first looking at the Bill of Rights, then they will look at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UNICEF’s Committee on the Rights of the Child. Finally, they will create a multi-media creative writing assignment imagining a world at peace. (2)
Objectives: Know how and why people compete for control of Earth’s surface, understand factors that contribute to cooperation or conflict, understand efforts to improve political and social conditions, know ways in which conflicts about diversity can be resolved in a peaceful manner that respects individuals rights and promotes the common good