Counting on People: K-5 Activities for Global Citizenship
Counting on People is an elementary curriculum that connects students to the world around them while building their math, literacy, technology, and critical thinking skills. Explore the fundamentals of human geography and ecology including how populations grow and use resources, the importance of wildlife and healthy ecosystems, and how we can all work toward a sustainable planet where everyone’s needs are met.
The resource is fully online – no book or CD-ROM needed! It includes: 45 hands-on activities that are tied to national, Common Core, NGSS, and state standards, service learning ideas for community awareness and change, recommended children’s literature and multimedia tools, links to online resources for you and your students, puzzles, readings, and more!
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Preview Lesson Plans & Readings
Sample a few of the lessons and readings found in the curriculum:
Earth: The Apple of Our Eye (pdf): A visual demonstration that illustrates the limits on farmland, making the importance of conservation clear.
Mining for Chocolate (pdf): After matching everyday products to their rock or mineral sources, students “mine” chocolate chip cookies to discover the impacts of many mining operations.
More or Less (pdf): Students construct a word web to show the possible cause and effect relationships of a growing population.
Panther Hunt (pdf): Students gain an understanding of carrying capacity when they act as predatory animals in a finite area and attempt to accumulate enough food to stay alive.
People Count (pdf): Students conduct a census of their schoolmates’ households and then chart and analyze the data to create a bar graph.