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1 PRE-VISIT ACTIVITIES GRADES K-2 Thank you for scheduling your visit to the. In preparation for your visit, we encourage you to incorporate one or more of the following activities into your class planning, so students are introduced to the themes they will explore in-depth at the Visitor Center. These activities were designed with flexibility in mind. We encourage you to adapt them to fit your classroom goals. Before your visit, we also encourage that you explore the Gates Foundation website at to learn about the foundation s work in global health and development, in policy and advocacy, and in U.S. education. One key focus of the Visitor Center is presenting how the foundation and its partners address these priority areas and exploring how individuals, inspired by this work, can engage in their own local to global issues. We also invite you to check out the Global Citizen campaign at to see community-powered projects in action. NOTE: THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION AND VISITOR CENTER DO NOT NECESSARILY SUPPORT OR ENDORSE THE ORGANIZATIONS OR LINKS INCLUDED IN THESE RESOURCES. Vocabulary: community health service philanthropy care talents volunteer sustainable Pre-Visit Activities Grades K-2 Page 1

2 BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES DURATION: (15-30 MINUTES) NO.1 Overview: Talk with students about what they think makes a community a healthy place to live. Have them share what they see as health problems in their families, their school, and their community or, for older students, in the world. Students will then explore the roles they could play in making a positive difference in the health of their communities. Inviting students to think about and share their thoughts about healthy communities helps frame the visit and prepare them for what they ll explore in the Visitor Center. This can be adapted for any age and it can be done in the classroom or on the ride to the Visitor Center. Any questions that arise can be saved for the tour and asked of Visitor Center staff. Objectives: Students will: Identify health issues in families, neighborhoods, and communities Define healthy as more than not being sick Define a healthy community, locally and globally Share ideas about how to improve the health of a community Reflection and Discussion: 1. Share this African proverb with students: If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together. Ask them: What does it mean to them? What does it make them think about? Are there any stories or characters that they ve studies that this calls to mind? 2. Propose the idea of community as a kind of going together and explore what contexts your students may have for community: their neighborhoods, churches, schools, their parents friends and their friends too. We (the Gates Foundation Visitor Center) define community as a group of people working together. At the Visitor Center, students will talk about healthy communities by learning what people all over the world are doing to make sure everyone has enough food, is healthy, and can go to school. 3. Some questions to explore with your students: About understanding being healthy beyond not being sick: 1. How do you know your family is healthy? What keeps you and your family healthy? 2. What are some things our school does (teachers, parents, students) to help keep us healthy? Keep us safe? Help us learn? 3. How does it feel when someone is looking out for you and helping you? About building healthy communities: 4. When might someone in our classroom or at home need help in staying healthy? What can you do to help them? 5. Are there times when you might be able to help people outside of your family, such as friends, neighbors, or other people in your community? What could you do, either by yourself, with another friend, or with your family? 6. In some parts of the world and in our own communities, not everybody has enough food to eat, or may not be able to go to the doctor, or may not be able to go to school. What can we do to help? 7. Tell us about a time when you or your family volunteered to help someone? What would have happened if nobody had volunteered to help? (continued on the following page) Pre-Visit Activities Grades K-2 Page 2

3 BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES CONTINUED NO.1 About extending care and sharing talents: 8. Tell us about a time when you or your family volunteered to help someone? What would have happened if nobody had volunteered to help? 9. What are the things you share with others? Is there something you enjoy that you could share? 10. We all have things we re especially good at our talents. Can you think of and share with a classmate their talents? What are the things you could do to share your talent and help others? 11. How does making something for someone or spending time with someone show that you care? Pre-Visit Activities Grades K-2 Page 3

4 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER WANGARI MAATHAI DURATION: (30-40 MINUTES) NO.2 Overview: As students read a story about the late Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, they practice identifying problems and solutions and perhaps also explore complications or obstacles to those solutions. The books Wangari s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter and Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli are both good choices for younger students. If your library doesn t have these, there are many other good picture books about Wangari Maathai to choose from. Ask your librarian for suggestions. Objectives: Students will: After Wangari has identified a solution, she still needs to implement or put that solution into action. What problems, complications, or obstacles does she encounter? How does she solve her problem? What is a problem you have solved? Did you run into anything that made it difficult to solve along the way? What did you do to overcome that obstacle? Wangari begins by planting trees in her own backyard. When we see problems in the world around us, how can we start by making changes close to home? Read and discuss a story illustrating and problem, solution, and obstacles addressing an important global issue Develop their own ideas to address an issue that they care about Story Sharing and Discussion: 1. Read aloud a picture book about Wangari Maathai (e.g., Wangari s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter or Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli). 2. As you read and in preparation for their trip to the Visitor Center, focus student attention on the problems and solutions addressed in the story. 3. Some questions to explore with your students are provided below. You might create a word wall with their responses and/or have the students write or draw their responses to some of the questions. What are the problems described in the story and how do the trees help solve those problems? Pre-Visit Activities Grades K-2 Page 4

5 SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS WITH BEATRICE S GOAT DURATION: ( MINUTES) NO.3 Overview: Beatrice s Goat by Page McBrier is a beautifully illustrated read-aloud book that will introduce students to a rural village setting in Uganda where Beatrice longs to attend school. If your library doesn t have Beatrice s Goat, other books that touch on the issue of education are Rain School by James Rumford or One Hen by Katie Smith Milway. During their trip to the Visitor s Center, you might instruct students to look for other examples of sustainable solutions and identify what makes solutions sustainable that is, long-term and effective. Objectives: Students will: Read and discuss a story illustrating and problem, solution, and obstacles addressing an important global issue Discuss the limitations of a solution and what can be done to address limitations Discuss the long term feasibility (sustainability) of a solution Read-Aloud and Discussion: What are the downsides (or negative consequences) to having the goat? What failed about the solution? What can we learn from failing? What other solutions might have helped Beatrice attend school? Would those solutions work for a long time? For a short time? Which one do you think might be best? How is Beatrice s life similar to and different from yours? At the beginning of the book? At the end of the book? Going Deeper: Learn about the real Beatrice behind the story by visiting: For additional lessons on Beatrice s Goat and other relevant books, visit: june/one-of-heifers-greatest-success-stories-beatricebiira.html Goat.html 1. Read Aloud Beatrice s Goat by Page McBrier. McBrier/dp/ As you read, direct students to the problems and solutions in the story. 3. Some questions to explore: What problems are mentioned in the story? How does the goat provide a solution? Is it sustainable (will it solve the problem for a long time)? Pre-Visit Activities Grades K-2 Page 5

6 MATCHING WORDS AND ACTIONS DURATION: (30 MINUTES) NO.4 Overview: In this creative drawing activity, students will build a vocabulary around helping others. They will share with their classmates and learn from one another the many ways they can create positive change. This activity helps prepare students for the Visitor Center by encouraging them to think about ways they can make a difference for others. It will provide framing for their tour of the Visitor Center as they learn about global issues and begin exploring what they can do. Objectives: Students will: Select a card with a word related to helping others and discuss what the word means to them Write and or draw something that explains what a word related to helping means to them 2. Lay the cards with the words facing down. Invite a student to draw a card and read the card aloud and discuss what the word or phrase means. Have the student who drew the card share something he/she has done or any example of what that action looks like. 3. Then open the discussion to other classmates. What does that word mean to them, and what examples can they imagine or recall for what that action looks like? 4. Repeat the process until most of the cards are drawn and discussed. With older students, this could be done in small groups. Students can also write a sentence or draw a picture that explains what the word means to them. (Card handout is on the following page) Get a sense of what they will learn at the Visitor Center Vocabulary Cards and Group Sharing: 1. Create a series of cards with the following words and phrases on them. You can print the handout below and cut into cards, or create your own using index cards. Share Care Learn Give Show Kindness Donate Volunteer Raise Money Help Respect Create Pre-Visit Activities Grades K-2 Page 6

7 CARDS FOR MATCHING WORDS AND ACTIONS (print and cut into separate cards) Share Donate Care Volunteer Learn Raise Money Give Help Show Kindness Respect Design Create Pre-Visit Activities Grades K-2 Page 7

8 STANDARDS CONNECTIONS PRE-VISIT ACTIVITIES GRADES K-2 Common Core English Language Arts - Speaking and Listening: Collaborative Discussions. Common Core English Language Arts - Reading Literature: Key Ideas and Details - Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges. Washington State Social Studies: Civics: Component 1.4 Understands civic involvement. Social Studies Skills: Component 5.3 Deliberates public issues. Economics: Component 2.1 Understands that people have to make choices between wants and needs and evaluate the outcome of those choices. Washington State Environment and Sustainability: Standard 1: Ecological, Social, and Economic Systems: understanding how the health of these systems determines the sustainability of natural and human communities at local, regional, national, and global levels. Standard 3: Sustainability and Civic Responsibility: develop and apply the knowledge, perspective, vision, skills, and habits of mind necessary to make personal and collective decisions and take actions that promote sustainability. Next Generation Science - Engineering Design: K-2-ETS1-1. Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool. Pre-Visit Activities Grades K-2 Page 8

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