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curriculum2The Global Village Connect curriculum is centered on an interdisciplinary approach to learning that facilitates the development of:

  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding life in a global context
  • Creating a real-world experience
  • Collaboration with small groups

The curriculum has been designed and tested for teachers by teachers, with objectives aligned to both Common Core Standards and IB Core Values.

We provide a wide array of tools for educators to use in their classrooms, including:

〉 100’s of learning activities
〉 research articles
〉 curated links
〉 statistical breakdowns
〉 maps
〉 videos
〉 spreadsheet templates
〉 chart templates
〉 discussion guides
〉 reflection questions
〉 extension activities
〉 challenge questions

Sample activities

The following is a brief sampling of activities included in our curriculum on Food Security.  Lessons can be tailored for specific grade levels and adjusted to complement the on-going curriculum.

Guided discussion

Read the book Omnivore’s Dilemma together. Use our downloadable reflection guide to direct class discussions.

Collaborative discussion

Have students read the article on Model Farming. Use a reciprocal teaching model and our graphic organizer to help students predict, clarify, question, visualize and summarize the content.

Design a sustainable food program

Use our spreadsheet template to have students enter data, make conversions and draw conclusions.

3rd World Farmer simulation

Have students go through the trials and hardships of rural farming in the developing world using an online simulation. Use our reflection questions to compare outcomes and determine what farmers in developing areas need to be successful.

Double Bubble Map

Have students draw a double bubble map with America and the developing country in the main circles. Compare and contrast the 2 countries by location, population, education, graduation rates, typical diet, viable crops, and weather.


Watch the TED talk on hunger and obesity. Ask: Do you believe it is possible to fix hunger and obesity in the two countries?


Lead a discussion that explores possible solutions, for instance, UN sponsored lunches, giving money to buy local lunches and/or creating a school farm.

Farm to table field trip

Visit a “farm to table” restaurant. Have the chef discuss what’s involved and how he creates a menu each day.

Food preparation

Challenge students to a meal using the ingredients/cooking methods available in the developing country. They must get raw ingredients such as corn, wheat or rice flour,  raw beans and raw greens and prepare and eat their meal.

Getting started

Most of our educational projects start with a pen pal program. Global Village Connect can connect you with a teacher or school director in a developing country and help get the ball rolling. As communication begins flow, you will see a new generation of global citizens emerge, filled with new project ideas or you may choose to extend one of the projects already underway. We are here to help.

If you are interested in finding out more about how you and your students can participate in a Global Village Connect project, please take a minute to fill out our educator’s inquiry form. Click on the button below.