And last week, that's exactly what I did! With only 45 minutes with each class at a time, I decided to take a whole week. Each class had two lessons - one looked at differences between Scotland and Honduras and another that concentrated on ways we can look after the world - with the overall focus being on the concept and ideals of Global Citizenship.
|Teaching first grade about the Scottish flag|
With 1st-3rd grade we used an inflatable globe to figure out where Scotland is and just how far away it is from Honduras. Next we learnt about all of Scotland's emblems, like the flag, national animal, bird, flower and tree. We were able to use our knowledge of colours in English to help us describe the flag but the kids were shocked when none of the animals they know in English were right and even more shocked when I told them that the national animal of Scotland is a unicorn! I bet there's a few people reading this that didn't know that either!
|Juan colouring his Honduran flag|
Each 1st and 2nd grader then got two little bits of paper each, one for the Scottish flag and one for the Honduran flag so we could make some bunting out of our flags! With 3rd grade, we did something a little different. I had brought with me some packs of cut outs of little girls and little boys. With a little modification, the girls were ready to be drawn into the traditional Honduran dresses and the boys were ready to wear some kilts. It was great to see the care and creativity that went into the design of the dresses and especially the kilts. There were no cries of outrage from the boys in the class about the fact that they had to draw boys in skirts either - in fact they were all clamoring to get one!
|Jamie from 1st grade|
|Third grade with their amazing drawings|
With 4th-6th grade we ramped it up a bit. As well as looking at the flag and emblems, we talked about school and hobbies and homes and even threw in a bit of ceilidh dancing!
|Gay Gordon-ing it out|
Sharing this day with the kids was so much fun - it gave me a chance to talk about home to every single class, break into even more of a sweat than usual while ceilidh dancing and pretend to be a superhero (at least for 45 minutes!). We covered some very important topics that the students showed some brilliant consciousness of. They are aware that they have to be part of the worldwide effort to save this planet and I hope they will take that with them into their futures and try and share what they know to be true.