Lesson 18 - it's a small world

Lesson 18


Standards addressed include:

• Critical Thinking, Problem Solving & Decision Making

• Creativity, Curiosity and Innovation

• Digital-Age Learning Environments and Learning Experiences

• Technology Operations and Concepts

• Research and Information Fluency

• Facilitating & Inspiring Student Learning 

Project assignment:

Review the 9 plans below  and then create a lesson of your own, themed around “it’s a small world”. The lesson plan can be around the attraction, geography, maps, states, countries, continents, etc. You decide what fits in your content area.

There are 2 alternate projects to review if you would like to do something else-SEE BELOW

Deposit your project assignment in the Dropbox.

Your assignment:

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Assignment reference and materials:

What does it take to make global, collaborative learning more accessible for students? We will explore learning across distances and flat-world projects. Optional project will allow you to connect with learners in other parts of the world

We will engage in diverse experiences at home and abroad to increase their knowledge of global issues, regions, and cultures; improve their intercultural skills, and develop attitudes that cultivate global citizenship.

Students will gain a deep comparative knowledge of the world’s peoples and customs and should be able to leverage technology to take an active role in writing and producing effective communication documents and competency in their selected assignments or projects

Background (History and/or /Design)

Ride Information: Opening date October 1, 1971

Video/YouTube Link: Ride Attraction-NEW LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tbm4Au3dZ0

It's a Small World is a popular indoor boat cruise attraction located in the Fantasyland areas of each of the Walt Disney Parks in the Magic Kingdom in Florida. The voyage features over 300 brightly costumed audio-animatronic dolls in the style of children of the world, frolicking in a spirit of international unity, and singing the attraction's title song, which has a theme of global peace. It is one of the few attractions that was touched by Walt Disney himself. 

During your tour, experience a rainbow of diverse cultures from such far-off locales as:

Scandinavia; The British Isles; Western Europe; Eastern Europe; The Middle East; Asia; Africa; Antarctica; South America; Australia and the South Pacific Islands;


Created by WED Enterprises in record time as the 1964 New York World's Fair UNICEF pavilion sponsored by Pepsi as a gift to the children of the world featuring the kinetic sculpture Tower of the Four Winds, a 120 foot high magical, ever-turning mobile. It is one of five attractions (Magic Skyway [Ford], Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln [Illinois], it's a small world [UNICEF/Pepsi], Carousel of Progress [GE], and a tentative widescreen Circlerama 360° [Kodak]) which were used by Disney to test concepts and ride systems, then be moved and re-built at Disneyland after the World's Fair closed in 1966. 

Mary Blair was responsible for the attraction's whimsical design. She had been an art director on several Disney animated features. Like many Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions, scenes and characters were designed by Marc Davis, while his wife, Alice Davis, designed the costumes for the dolls. "Glockenspiel" the rocking, smiling clock face was designed, created and delivered by New York (Valley Stream) artist, Gregory S. Marinello. Walt was personally involved with Gregory's development of the dolls facial design. Each animated child doll face is identical in shape (hence the name "it's a small world"). 

Alternate lesson: Global Learning: Connecting the World 

Resource: Web Site To Explore

Creating Meaningful Global Connections | Edutopia

Resource Link

NEW LINK: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/creating-meaningful-global-connections-bridget-suvansri

Short URL: http://bit.ly/2rqvKEq

Global Learning: Connecting the World with ePals

Many teachers desire to have their students connect with learners in other parts of the world. When that happens, their enthusiasm is contagious. There is a great promise of learning across distances, and these wonderful flat-world projects still seem to be the exception rather than the norm. 

Web Tool To Explore: Global Collaborations – ePals- Friendship Through Education New LINK: https://www.epals.com/#/connections

ePALS connects 4.5 million students and teachers in 191 countries for teacher-designed cross-cultural and interactive projects. Classrooms use monitored email, language translation, discussion boards, maps and more to work and learn together. Find a partner classroom and collaborate on school projects, practice foreign language skills and establish international friendships. 

Global School Net5 Link: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsnprojects/FTE/index.cfm

Short URL: http://bit.ly/2SJeeq9

Alternate lesson: The Friendship Flag

Learn about world flags as well as the flag of your own country and the flag of your new partner's country as you design your own with your ePALS partner! This project runs throughout the year and is suitable for all ages. 


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