Globicate

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W.

Daily G.L.O.W., geography, global education, Globicate, Heidi Befort
Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W. (Global Link of the World)

Do you know which country this flag is from?

Do you know what continent you might find this flag on?

What do you think the symbols, stars, and colors stand for?

Spoiler...you can find it south of the United States.  Have fun searching and enjoy your global learning!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stripes vs. Patterns


Have you ever thought about nature and the real beauty that is right before our eyes on a daily basis, but sometimes we don't even notice it?  Take the patterns found on a giraffe or a zebra.  Teach your students about symmetry or patterns using nature.  Take them outside and see if they can find other patterns around them.  What are those patterns and how would you classify them?  What categories can you think of where they share similar characteristics? Patterns are nature's way of making all of us unique. Giraffe's and Zebra's may not care for the patterns that were given to them.  Teach about diversity and differences using nature's patterns and beauty.  How about measurement or writing?  Use these patterns as writing prompts.  Ask your students if they had a pattern or stripe like a zebra or giraffe, what would it look like?  Why did they choose that pattern? What colors would they have?  Our classrooms should extend beyond the obvious of books and paper, into life and our world.  Help your students to embrace their own stripes with a simple lesson of observing, noticing, and sharing what they see.  What stripes or patterns do you have?


Monday, November 28, 2011

Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W.

G.L.O.W. (Global Link of the World)

Can you tell were this photo was taken?

Do you know what the people in the photo are doing?

Can you tell what type of environment or biome exists here?

Writing Prompt: Write about what is happening in this picture. Observe all of the items and what the people are doing.  


Spoiler...this picture was taken in Burkina Faso, do you know what continent it is on and what the people of this country do for a living?

Look at a map, check it out, and globicate yourself!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bicycle Dreams




Who doesn't have fond memories of a bike. As we launched full-steam ahead into the holiday season, I'm reminded of all of my bikes in the past and can't help myself as a teacher of thinking of all the lessons that can be taught about bikes. Just think about it, the human body, balance, speed, effort, resistance, wheels, distance, measurement, and the list goes on. The cool thing about bikes is they are universal. You can travel just about any where and you'll find people who ride bikes. The second thing about bikes is they are really environmentally friendly, and look how pretty they can be. Just think of all of the calories you'll burn by riding your bike to school, or to work, or better yet around town. Lastly, who doesn't have a smile or memory of a bike that gave you joy or one where you were sharing that joy with a child.

So, as you're racking your brain for a special lesson to teach to children, bring a bike to school, have your students brainstorm a list of questions they have about a bike, and jump into a project-based lesson with your class. Your efforts will be rewarded with critical thinking, authentic learning, meaningful exploration, choice activities, and fun.


I've created a short lesson for you (click here) to use with your bike, I hope you enjoy it!











Artistic painted parked bicycles | Public Domain Pictures. Copyright Free Pictures. Picdrome.








Friday, November 25, 2011

Can You Teach An Old Polar Bear New Tricks?

Can we learn about ourselves by studying Polar Bears?  There certainly seems to be connections.  Check out these Polar Bears and how studying them, we may be able to protect them from themselves. Who knows, maybe we can even teach them some new healthy habits!



Video from National Geographic - Kids




Thursday, November 24, 2011

Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W.

Globicate's - Daily G.L.O.W. (Global Link of the World)

How appropriate that we thank those who serve around the world, including healthcare workers, NGO's, Peace Corps Volunteers, and everyone who is not at home with their family today!



Photo Courtesy of LIFE


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sunshine



Thank you to Cooperative Learning 365 for giving me the Sunshine Award, what a wonderful surprise and treat!

Here are the rules for accepting this award:
1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions below.
3. And pass the award to 10~12 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded them.


Here are my answers:

  • Favorite color? Green and Pink, surprise, right?
  • Favorite animal? Dozer, my daughter's doggie
  • Favorite number?5
  • Favorite drink? Diet Dr. Pepper
  • Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
  • Your passion?  Family, teaching, blogging/sharing, photography
  • Giving or getting presents? Giving is really rewarding for me!
  • Favorite day? My 25th Anniversary to my best friend!
10 Blogs I love...and this is really hard!
2.  The Wise Owl Factory (Carolyn has been my sunshine!)
5.  Fabulous Fourth Grade Froggies (Who doesn't like frogs?)
7.  Sub Hub

So many choices, but thanks to all of you for being such an inspiration, and thanks to all of the other blogs I follow!



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