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How Can I Help Change the World?

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 45 minutes.

Group Size:
Large Groups


Each student has the capability of protecting basic human rights through service and individual actions. This lesson gives students ideas in which they can make a difference in the world.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Social Studies - 6th Grade
Standard 4 Objective 3

Determine human rights and responsibilities in the world.


  • Copy of the Book It's Our World, Too! by Phillip Hoose for each student (if available)
  • Copies of printouts from the attached website
  • paper and pencil for students

Web Sites

  • Making a difference
    Videos of three kids who are making a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.
  • Kids Can
    A website with reading materials and ideas for kids in how they can make a difference in the world
  • The Hunger Site
    Ideas of things that students and adults can do to help others throughout the world.

Background For Teachers:
Students can make a difference in the world if they have the right support and resources.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Ask the students to mention some of the pressing issues in the world and make a list on the board. Ask students how they can make a difference in finding a solution for these problems.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will propose steps individual students can take to protect these rights.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Divide students into groups and give each a copy of the following topics: Ending poverty, saving the environment, ending world hunger, helping animals, working for world peace, (and others if you want to use them).
  2. Have them read the text (pages printed from the Kids Can website) and discuss it as a group. Ask them to answer the questions: Why is this issue important? How can you help to solve this issue?
  3. Have each group present their ideas to the class and answer the questions as they present.
  4. Have students individually create a list of ideas of what they can do to help solve global issues.

Assign a service learning project where students have to serve in the community and make a difference in their world.

Assessment Plan:
List of proposed ideas to help solve global issues


Emily Olaya

Created Date :
Jun 26 2009 14:02 PM

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