The following article was written by Kylene Lichucki, Instructional Technology Facilitator from Jonesboro Public School District, AR. Read about how Kylene uses Fairy Tales, Interactive Media and more to explore cultures, teach standards, and meet the needs of diverse learners.
Want a creative way to teach your students about other cultures? Oh, and still get in your grade level standards? Check out the English Learners Channel on netTrekker (I was under the elementary tab). Many of the activities used in the below lesson came from the Multicultural Pavilion, Valuing Diversity. This lesson focuses on Mexico and Latin America, but it can be adapted for any culture or region.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Grades: 3-4 (may be suitable for higher grade levels)
Students will create a Glog or a Museum Box showcasing how Goldilocks and the Three Bears would differ had the setting been in another area of the world. A classroom book or individual student books may be published at the end of the activity showcasing the “New” Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
*Computer with internet access, netTrekker subscription, Discovery Education, and eduGlogster or Museum Box.
*Video: Perform a keyword search “goldilocks” in Discovery Education and class may choose between two videos.
Student Learning Activities
Discovery Education Videos:
Ask students if they ever read the book, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Read the book to them and play the video. As you read, and as students watch the video, instruct them to pay close attention to character’s way of life, clothing, and food. Have them write or draw what they see or envision in their minds.
Latino Cultures & History – click on “recipes” for ideas to take the place of porridge, for example.
Mountain Voices Mexico: The Sierra Norte – Information on Mexico and the Sierra Norte. Learn about Mexico’s economy, political system and resources. Hear from the local people about their life.
National Geographic Kids: Find People and Places – Mexico - This site offers an interactive overview of the country & history, geography, people, nature, as well as a map and video.
Promethean: Destination: Mexico! – Students will travel on a mock flight to Mexico to learn more about the Mexican way of life.
Weekly Reader: Hooray! - Celebrate Hispanic heritage after learning some of these facts.
Jump At the Sun Books: Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Fairy tale to inspire children of color.
Explore the above research links with your students. Have students imagine how the story would be different if it took place in Mexico. They need to research food, clothing, and way of life. Have them think about how these drawings/notes will differ from their earlier drawing/notes. Show students how to use the dictionary hot key and the read aloud key…especially for independent or small group explorations.
Web 2.0 tools:
Glogster EDU – interactive, online poster creation.
Museum Box – This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box.
Students will create a Glog or Museum Box including images, text, and/or schooltube (or other) videos of how the story would be different had it taken place in Mexico. Instead of porridge, what would be in the bears’ bowls? What type of vegetation will Goldilocks see on her journey? How will Goldilocks be dressed? What will your Goldilocks look like? These are just a handful of questions to get your students thinking.
ReadWriteThink: Fairy Tales from Life-They can use the Story Map and Plot Diagram to guide them in the creation of their own fairy tale on their chosen culture.
Students may publish their own fairy tale book. An example of a student publishing company is Student Treasures.
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- The math activities – I played with a few – They would be great for students to use during class time to practice different equations in a way rather than doing practice problems from the book. The activities are fun (especially the mini golf for trigonometry)! They also allow children to see different shapes and measurements in 3D, which they cannot get from a book.
- netTrekker allows for personalized learning. Teachers can select different activities for different students to complete which would be most appropriate for their specific academic level or personal needs.
- netTrekker is so specific. For example, I clicked on geometry, which gave me specific aspects of geometry. I clicked on angles and planes, which gave me more options in angles and planes. So I clicked on types of lines, which brought me to even more specific options. This is very organized, which prevents teachers from having to go through hundreds of papers or surf hundreds of websites looking for one exact thing. It can be easily and quickly found on netTrekker.
- netTrekker would be especially useful when working with an ELL student in the classroom. Teachers may struggle with these students as the students struggle to learn. netTrekker provides activities and lessons tailored to the needs of English language learners. This would take much stress away from the teacher and provide the students with exactly the tools they need.
- As a college student, this site helps tremendously with education classes. As a beginner, it is sometimes a struggle to develop lesson plans with different, fun activities (in math) which include certain requirements, such as reading/writing strategies, use of technology, etc. It is very difficult to start from scratch, but netTrekker has thousands of amazing ideas to get started.
I think netTrekker is a wonderful tool for educators. The amount of help it could provide a teacher in planning activities is enormous. Even as a beginning teacher, if I would forget a certain math topic or equation, I could find it quickly on netTrekker and do an activity to make the topic fresh in my mind again. netTrekker, in my opinion, is a wonderful tool for educators at any level in any field.