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Funded by the Australian government, the Global Education website provides teachers with resources and ideas for adopting global perspectives into the classroom. One of their main publications is Browett & Ashman’s (2008) Thinking Globally: Global perspectives in the early years classroom. It provides a framework for adding a global perspective into the classrooms of younger children and also ways of integrating it with the HSIE syllabus. It also provides many lesson and resource ideas for almost all aspects of the Early Stage 1, Stage 1 HSIE syllabus.
This idea is adapted from the “My Name” activity which can be found in Browett& Ashman (2008, p.56). Have children write down their last name (family name) onto pieces of paper, using coloured paper or coloured pencils. As a class, brainstorm how people can find out information about their last name and some questions they could ask about their name. Some example inquiry questions could be “What language does your name come from?”, “what does your name mean?”, and “where does this name originate (come) from?”. Children can use the internet to find out, ask family members or consult naming books.
When the children have answers to their questions, most importantly where the name originates from, have them identify the country or area on a word map. Put a pushpin into that region on the map and try coloured string or wool between the child’s name (placed around the world map) and the pin on the map. Doing this for each child, provides them with a link to somewhere else on the globe but also to other children, realising that there are similarities and differences between families and where they come from.
Browlett, J. & Ashman, G., (2008). Thinking globally: Global perspectives in the early years classroom. Carlton South, Australia: Curriculum Corporation.