Our home - our world

Introductory information

Author Marie HOFMANNOVÁ & Radek VÍT
E-mail marie.hofmannova@pedf.cuni.cz, radek.vit@pedf.cuni.cz
Institute Charles University, Prague, Faculty of Education, Czech Republic
Target group
  • End of Primary School (pupils aged 10-12)
  • Czech Republic - 5th grade or 6th grade
Subjects
  • Homeland Studies (social studies and natural science), Mathematics
  • English as a foreign language
Aims
  1. Introducing the concept of migration in the context of the country - the Czech Republic.
  2. Learning about minorities (foreigners in the Czech Republic, Czech minorities abroad).
  3. Presenting the place where we live to new classmates from abroad.
  4. Exploring multicultural aspects of the town / region. (Can be adapted for different places.)

Key competences

Communication in language(s)
  • improving reading comprehension skills
  • discussing the new concepts and findings
Communication in foreign languages
  • learning the basic vocabulary for social and natural studies (English)
  • improving reading comprehension skills (English)
  • enhancing fluency in English (introducing new classmates from abroad to the class)
  • including the languages of the pupils present in the classroom (e.g. Vietnamese, Ukrainian; Roma dialects etc.)
Learning to learn
  • looking up information in a dictionary /encyclopedia / on the Internet
  • exploring the town, preparing group presentations in speaking and writing
Digital competences
  • looking for relevant information on the Internet
  • using a calculator
Social and civic competences
  • learning to cooperate in pairs and groups
  • learning about the cultures of the pupils present in the classroom
  • raising tolerance towards minorities
Timing of the overall activities 3 lessons at school + out-of-school project work in groups + 1 concluding lesson at school Suggested timing is indicated in the description of individual activities.

Worksheets

1. Exploring diversity -The place where we live

Room A computer lab
Material required
  • 4 worksheets; wall map of the world; wall map of Europe; L1/L2 dictionaries, a copy of Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English; an encyclopedia (optional)
  • Optional: Print out the map of your country for each pair. The Internet address for the Czech Republic: http://commons.wikimedia.org
Grouping indicated in the description of each activity
Focus on content Geography (continents, countries); Social studies (migration, immigration, emigration). Technology (basic skills);
Focus on language
 
Vocabulary: subject specific terminology; synonyms, opposites; names of languages and nationalities; spelling. Pronunciation. Grammar: prepositions.
  
Worksheet 1
Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 2

Continents

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 3

Countries

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 4

My country

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 5

Looking for
information

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 6

Human
migration

Material for Teachers
Material for Students


2. Changing the place where we live

Timing 45 minutes (detailed timing for each activity is indicated in the Notes for the teacher)
Material required
  • A copy of the worksheet for each group (2-3 pupils). Each group will be given a different text (for Worksheets 2.2.1 - 2.2.7 in Czech, see the attachment). The worksheets are graded according to the level of difficulty of questions:
    • from the easiest (W2.2.4) - (W 2.2.6) - (W 2.2.5) - (W 2.2.1) - (W 2.2.3) - (W 2.2.2)
    • to the most difficult (W 2.2.7)
  • Calculators
Grouping indicated in the description of each activity in the Notes for the teacher
Focus on content Social studies (migration, immigration, emigration); Mathematics (word problems);
Focus on language Vocabulary (subject specific terminology; family members). Reading comprehension in L2 or L1. Short oral presentations in L2.
References
 
(optional) http://www.etymonline.com/
 

Worksheet 1

Migration -
Family Perspective

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 2

Migration -
Czech perspective

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 3

Mathematics

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 4

Migration and
our town

Material for Teachers
Material for Students


3. Meeting new friends in our town

Timing 45 minutes (detailed timing for each activity indicated in the Notes for the teacher)
Material required
  • Four sets of role-cards (for pupils A, B, C, D). The activity is meant for 16 participants. If there are more pupils in the class, each of them gets an extra role-card for pupil D.
  • A map of the town / region. The teacher should get a copy of a tourist map for the class.
Grouping indicated in the description of each activity in the Notes for the teacher;
Focus on content Social studies (migration); History;
Focus on language
 
Speaking and reading skills in L2;
 
 

Worksheet 1

New classmates

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 2

Our town -
our region

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 3

Our town and
the world

Material for Teachers
Material for Students


4. Exploring multicultural aspects of our town / region

Timing several days
Material required a copy of the poem in English to be placed on the classroom notice board before the beginning of Unit 4.
Grouping collaborative work in groups
Focus on content Social Studies; Geography; History. Looking for adequate information; collecting evidence.
Focus on language
 
Speaking and writing skills in L1 and L2
 
 

Worksheet 1

A poem

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 2

Out-of-school
exploration

Material for Teachers
Material for Students


5. Presenting exploration results – our town and the world

Timing Unit 5 (45 minutes)
Material required -
Grouping ... (groups)
Focus on content Social Studies; Geography; History; Presenting relevant information and evidence;
Focus on language Speaking skills in L2, L1 and/or other languages present in the class;
Assessment The teacher should praise all the pupils and appreciate their work.

Notes for the teacher

Pupils´ parents or other guests can be invited to school to watch the group presentations.

  • Pupils can present their work in L2 and some L1. They should also include the languages spoken in their school or class.
  • Expected outcomes:
    • Thematic maps of the town (region) according to the explored topics.
    • Large sheets of paper used for the display of pictures, maps, text etc.
    • Other.
       
Worksheet 1
Material for Teachers
Material for Students

 

Our home - our world

Introductory information

Author Marie HOFMANNOVÁ & Radek VÍT
E-mail marie.hofmannova@pedf.cuni.cz, radek.vit@pedf.cuni.cz
Institute Charles University, Prague, Faculty of Education, Czech Republic
Target group
  • End of Primary School (pupils aged 10-12)
  • Czech Republic - 5th grade or 6th grade
Subjects
  • Homeland Studies (social studies and natural science), Mathematics
  • English as a foreign language
Aims
  1. Introducing the concept of migration in the context of the country - the Czech Republic.
  2. Learning about minorities (foreigners in the Czech Republic, Czech minorities abroad).
  3. Presenting the place where we live to new classmates from abroad.
  4. Exploring multicultural aspects of the town / region. (Can be adapted for different places.)

Key competences

Communication in language(s)
  • improving reading comprehension skills
  • discussing the new concepts and findings
Communication in foreign languages
  • learning the basic vocabulary for social and natural studies (English)
  • improving reading comprehension skills (English)
  • enhancing fluency in English (introducing new classmates from abroad to the class)
  • including the languages of the pupils present in the classroom (e.g. Vietnamese, Ukrainian; Roma dialects etc.)
Learning to learn
  • looking up information in a dictionary /encyclopedia / on the Internet
  • exploring the town, preparing group presentations in speaking and writing
Digital competences
  • looking for relevant information on the Internet
  • using a calculator
Social and civic competences
  • learning to cooperate in pairs and groups
  • learning about the cultures of the pupils present in the classroom
  • raising tolerance towards minorities
Timing of the overall activities 3 lessons at school + out-of-school project work in groups + 1 concluding lesson at school Suggested timing is indicated in the description of individual activities.

Worksheets

1. Exploring diversity -The place where we live

Room A computer lab
Material required
  • 4 worksheets; wall map of the world; wall map of Europe; L1/L2 dictionaries, a copy of Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English; an encyclopedia (optional)
  • Optional: Print out the map of your country for each pair. The Internet address for the Czech Republic: http://commons.wikimedia.org
Grouping indicated in the description of each activity
Focus on content Geography (continents, countries); Social studies (migration, immigration, emigration). Technology (basic skills);
Focus on language
 
Vocabulary: subject specific terminology; synonyms, opposites; names of languages and nationalities; spelling. Pronunciation. Grammar: prepositions.
  
Worksheet 1
Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 2

Continents

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 3

Countries

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 4

My country

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 5

Looking for
information

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 6

Human
migration

Material for Teachers
Material for Students


2. Changing the place where we live

Timing 45 minutes (detailed timing for each activity is indicated in the Notes for the teacher)
Material required
  • A copy of the worksheet for each group (2-3 pupils). Each group will be given a different text (for Worksheets 2.2.1 - 2.2.7 in Czech, see the attachment). The worksheets are graded according to the level of difficulty of questions:
    • from the easiest (W2.2.4) - (W 2.2.6) - (W 2.2.5) - (W 2.2.1) - (W 2.2.3) - (W 2.2.2)
    • to the most difficult (W 2.2.7)
  • Calculators
Grouping indicated in the description of each activity in the Notes for the teacher
Focus on content Social studies (migration, immigration, emigration); Mathematics (word problems);
Focus on language Vocabulary (subject specific terminology; family members). Reading comprehension in L2 or L1. Short oral presentations in L2.
References
 
(optional) http://www.etymonline.com/
 

Worksheet 1

Migration -
Family Perspective

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 2

Migration -
Czech perspective

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 3

Mathematics

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 4

Migration and
our town

Material for Teachers
Material for Students


3. Meeting new friends in our town

Timing 45 minutes (detailed timing for each activity indicated in the Notes for the teacher)
Material required
  • Four sets of role-cards (for pupils A, B, C, D). The activity is meant for 16 participants. If there are more pupils in the class, each of them gets an extra role-card for pupil D.
  • A map of the town / region. The teacher should get a copy of a tourist map for the class.
Grouping indicated in the description of each activity in the Notes for the teacher;
Focus on content Social studies (migration); History;
Focus on language
 
Speaking and reading skills in L2;
 
 

Worksheet 1

New classmates

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 2

Our town -
our region

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 3

Our town and
the world

Material for Teachers
Material for Students


4. Exploring multicultural aspects of our town / region

Timing several days
Material required a copy of the poem in English to be placed on the classroom notice board before the beginning of Unit 4.
Grouping collaborative work in groups
Focus on content Social Studies; Geography; History. Looking for adequate information; collecting evidence.
Focus on language
 
Speaking and writing skills in L1 and L2
 
 

Worksheet 1

A poem

Material for Teachers
Material for Students

Worksheet 2

Out-of-school
exploration

Material for Teachers
Material for Students


5. Presenting exploration results – our town and the world

Timing Unit 5 (45 minutes)
Material required -
Grouping ... (groups)
Focus on content Social Studies; Geography; History; Presenting relevant information and evidence;
Focus on language Speaking skills in L2, L1 and/or other languages present in the class;
Assessment The teacher should praise all the pupils and appreciate their work.

Notes for the teacher

Pupils´ parents or other guests can be invited to school to watch the group presentations.

  • Pupils can present their work in L2 and some L1. They should also include the languages spoken in their school or class.
  • Expected outcomes:
    • Thematic maps of the town (region) according to the explored topics.
    • Large sheets of paper used for the display of pictures, maps, text etc.
    • Other.
       
Worksheet 1
Material for Teachers
Material for Students

 

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