For our final unit in Grade 6 Individuals and Societies, students are exploring the process and impact of globalization. The statement of inquiry is “globalization has occurred due to a variety of processes that have changed the world, bringing both opportunities and challenges.”
To launch our unit, students were sent on a scavenger hunt around their home. They had to locate ten household items, including clothes, technology, school supplies, and food. Students recorded the origin of each item and then mapped their findings on Padlet.
Once they created their maps, students practiced a visible thinking routine called “See, Think, Wonder.” This routine encourages students to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations. It helps stimulate curiosity and sets the stage for inquiry into globalization.
Here are some of the things they saw, thought, and wondered:
"On my map of household products I recognized that all of my items are manufactured from a variety of countries. Another thing that I noticed was that for some of the products, for example the iPad, the product is made in China and designed in California. ...I think my map reflects globalization because for one of my products it shows how countries can collaborate to make a final product. ...My map makes me wonder how much contamination gets released when getting these products from one place to another?" -Nathalie
"I realized that a lot of my products came from China, in fact 6 of them came from China. Also something that I saw is that of all my products … none were from Trinidad. Only a few of my products came from Europe as well. I think this reflects globalization since it shows how much stuff comes from across the world. ...My map makes me wonder that if people didn't contribute to things together from different parts of the world what would we have today?" -Anjali
"My map reflects that many products are created in factories in places like China, where the labor cost is lower than others. I also noticed that all of the electronic devices that I included in my map were all made in China. The map makes me wonder if India also has a low labor cost since they have [a large] population like China." -Koh
"I can see how countries connect. I can see that X country buys from Z country. I see how by flying up and down relationships can be formed between countries. You can also see that a lot of different things come from different parts of the world which I didn't notice before this project. I wonder ‘have all countries connected with each other, or are there still countries that don't know of each other?" -Zumi