Studying Communities Through Global Collaboration
The 3rd Grade curriculum includes a study of communities. In 2015, our 3rd grade students participated in a global collaboration project titled “If You Learned Here.” This was the first year the project was offered. Eighty schools from around the world were involved, including the Fletcher School. The coordinators, Carolyn Skibba and Mary Morgan Ryan, were inspired by the book If You Lived Here: Houses of the World. They have created a wonderful project in which students share in a global dialogue about our learning communities. The project culminated with each school writing pages for a published online eBook titled If You Learned Here: Schools of the World.
Each of the first four weeks, we created videos which we shared using the app Flipgrid. We were able to view all of the other schools videos to learn about their school communities. Every week had a different theme:
- Our School and Community was the first week’s theme. Together we wrote a script to introduce The Fletcher School and Charlotte to our new cohorts.
- Our Day at School allowed us to share each part of our school day from the ride to school to our after school activities.
- Our Learning was a fun time for us to teach a lesson. We noticed that none of the other schools had Social Skills classes and it just happened to be The International Day of Happiness, so our main lesson was about how to stay happy.
- Our Reading was a chance for us to create our own Reading Rainbow style videos reviewing our favorite books.
The global collaboration videos were enlightening. The students gained confidence and self-esteem as they watched kids from around the world share similar stories. This year, our 3rd grade students are enjoying the If You Learned Here videos from both 2015 and 2016 and discussing the various communities.
The link below will take you to the videos and our book “If You Learned Here: Schools of the World.” Our Flipgrid videos are labeled Orange Cohort.