Lesson Packet

Grades 6-8

Our Global Family unit

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SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Economics, Education, Food & Hunger, Migration, Public Health

Resource Overview

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom on challenges impacting the well-being and happiness of people at a local, regional, and global level.

There are vast differences in wealth, energy use, health, and education levels among the over 7 billion people on the planet. Students analyze how these differences relate to population growth and explore strategies to ensure prosperous, happy, healthy lives for all.

Features of This Resource

  • Unit includes 5 lesson plans, 1 student reading and a summative assessment.
  • Excellent for teaching global citizenship and empathy for other people.
  • 21st century challenges broken down and explored through multiple perspectives.

Unit Lesson Plans & Readings

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Lesson Plans

Chips of Trade

- Acting as countries in a simulation game, students discuss how resources are inequitably distributed throughout the world and how this...

Food for Thought

- Acting as residents of five major world regions, students compare various statistics that affect people’s health and well-being. Students will...

Lessons for Life

- Students read and discuss a short conversation between two Ethiopian girls about attending school and read and analyze poems about...

People on the Move

- Students participate in a “push/pull” simulation to identify reasons people migrate from one place to another and analyze the similarities...

Growing Up Healthy

- Through playing a board game, students are presented with various health-related scenarios that can hurt or help child health and...


Global Family Matters

- Our global family background reading: There are vast differences in wealth, energy use, health, and education levels among the over...

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