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Taking Action

Lesson plan for teachers

Book “George went to see the Prime Minister”

Concept:

Being aware of others less fortunate, demonstrates the development of our emotional intelligence and sense of social justice through empathy. Sometimes we are aware of situations that, though they are very upsetting, we cannot do anything about them. It is also important to be aware of current issues that affect our planet and the people on it.

In the book George went to see the Prime Minister, George is ‘taking action’, she is ‘doing something about’, the issue of ethical buying. In our real world (not the children’s story) we don’t have someone in charge of the whole world who can make changes. We can, however make some small changes ourselves or we can alert others in power, about issues. For the sake of the learning, we will assume there is a Prime Minister of the World.

Lesson plan

As a group, read George went to see the Prime Minister

Go back to the page where George is telling her father that she is going to see the Prime Minister of the World.

Class discussion:

Teachers, select some issues to discuss (select issues which don’t take away from your students’ childhood innocence but that will help them develop a social conscience). You can probably think of many but if not, here are some random suggestions (or you might select some as a class by having an initial discussion):

  • Give them a scenario of someone in their local neighbourhood that doesn’t look after their dog. The owner doesn’t feed it enough and it is cold at night. What could be done?
  • Turtles main food is jelly fish. They often get confused when they see a plastic bag and eat it which makes them sick
  • Weed spraying – in our local park or school. What are the benefits? What are could be done instead?

As a class discuss some of these issues.

Group task:

Divide into small groups or pairs. Ask each group or pair to write a one page letter, to the Prime Minister of the World about the issue following these headings:

What is the issue?

Why is it a problem?

What might the solution be?

(Don’t worry too much about inaccuracies. It is more important to get them thinking about the fact that they can actually take some action about an issue that is worrying them.)

 

Parents – this is a family activity

Book “George went to see the Prime Minister”

Concept:

Being aware of others less fortunate, demonstrates the development of our emotional intelligence and sense of social justice through empathy. Sometimes we are aware of situations that, though they are very upsetting, we cannot do anything about them. It is also important to be aware of current issues that affect our planet and the people on it.

In the book George went to see the Prime Minister, George is ‘taking action’, she is ‘doing something about’, the issue of ethical buying. In our real world (not the children’s story) we don’t have someone in charge of the whole world who can make changes. We can, however make some small changes ourselves or we can alert others in power, about issues. For the sake of the learning, we will assume there is a Prime Minister of the World.

Family activity

As a family, read George went to see the Prime Minister

Go back to the page where George is telling her father that she is going to see the Prime Minister of the World.

Family discussion:

Parents or grandparents, select some issues to discuss (select issues which don’t take away from your children’s childhood innocence but that will help them develop a social conscience). You can probably think of many but if not, here are some random suggestions (or you might select some as a family by having an initial discussion):

  • Give them a scenario of someone in their local neighbourhood that doesn’t look after their dog. The owner doesn’t feed it enough and it is cold at night. What could be done?
  • Turtles main food is jelly fish. They often get confused when they see a plastic bag and eat it which makes them sick
  • Weed spraying – in our local park or school. What are the benefits? What are could be done instead?

As a family discuss some of these issues.

Task:

Develop a one page letter as a family, to the Prime Minister of the World (if you actually know who might have some influence about this then write to that person, or Council etc – if not you could use the scenario that there is a Prime Minister of the World) about the issue following these headings:

What is the issue?

Why is it a problem?

What might the solution be?

(Don’t worry too much about inaccuracies. It is more important to get them thinking about the fact that they can actually take some action about an issue that is worrying them.)

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Valuing our food

For Teachers

Book “George and the problem of food”

Concept:

Thinking about how we have such inequalities of the availability of food in our world, we want to teach our young people the value of food. As we look at every piece of food we have on our table, we think about the journey that it has taken to reach us. We also use this opportunity to teach sustainability and good environmental practice because we are not wasting food.

In the story, “George and the problem of food”, George is alerted to the problem that some people do not have enough food to eat, some use it for cooking competitions – which devalues its purpose, most restaurants these days serve enough for two people in one serving, and there are many people who are homeless and eating out of a rubbish dump.

Lesson plan

As a group, read George and the problem of food

Go back to the page where the Prime Minister is turning the globe and talking about the different relationships that people on our planet have with food.

Class discussion:

Teachers, select some different foods and bring them to class or ask your students. Fruit and vegetables are perfect to look at, but you can also choose grains.

As a class look at one of the pieces of food that is chosen and discuss some of the following:

  • How did it get to our table?
  • Was it planted?
  • Picked?
  • Packaged in plastic?
  • Transported in a truck?
  • Unpacked in a supermarket and sold?
  • Bought and taken home in a car?
  • Put in the refrigerator for a day?
  • Taken to school for lunch?

Individual task:

Ask your students to select a piece of food and take it back to their workstation and create any of the following:

  • A digital story about the food’s journey from beginning to now
  • A poster
  • A flowchart of its journey

Don’t worry too much about inaccuracies. It is more important to get them thinking about the journey and the value of the food.

For Families

Book “George and the problem of food”

Concept:

Thinking about how we have such inequalities of the availability of food in our world, we want to teach our young people the value of food. As we look at every piece of food we have on our table, we think about the journey that it has taken to reach us. We also use this opportunity to teach sustainability and good environmental practice because we are not wasting food.

In the story, “George and the problem of food”, George is alerted to the problem that some people do not have enough food to eat, some use it for cooking competitions – which devalues its purpose, most restaurants these days serve enough for two people in one serving, and there are many people who are homeless and eating out of a rubbish dump.

Family activity

As a family, read George and the problem of food

Go back to the page where the Prime Minister is turning the globe and talking about the different relationships that people on our planet have with food.

Family discussion:

Parents let’s look at some food you have at home. Fruit and vegetables are perfect to look at, but you can also choose grains.

As a family look at one of the pieces of food you have in the house and discuss some of the following:

  • How did it get to our table?
  • Was it planted?
  • Picked?
  • Packaged in plastic?
  • Transported in a truck?
  • Unpacked in a supermarket and sold?
  • Bought and taken home in a car?
  • Put in the refrigerator for a day?
  • Taken to school for lunch?

Task:

Can we create any of the following and put it on our fridge this week, to apply our learning?

  • A digital story about the food’s journey from beginning to now – print for the fridge
  • A poster
  • A flowchart of its journey

Don’t worry too much about inaccuracies. It is more important to get them thinking about the journey and the value of the food.

taking a check on our consumerism

Lesson plan – taking a check on our consumerism

Book “George went to see the Prime Minister”

Concept:

Raising awareness of our own consumerism. We are inundated with advertising from the internet, TV, and bill boards. We are hugely influenced in the way in which we purchase our food, clothes, toys, furniture, cars and everything!

In the story, “George went to see the Prime Minister”, George is addicted to buying clothes. At one stage in the story she stops and thinks about what she is doing, and decides that there are better ways to spend her time.

Lesson plan

As a group, read “George went to see the Prime Minister”

Bring to class lots of advertisements from magazines, the internet or anywhere, that are suitable to your students’ level – G rated. Divide the students into groups of 3 or 4 and ask them to fill out the following worksheet:

Who is the advertisement aimed at (who is the audience, who will read it)?

Is it selling something? What is it selling?

What is the advertisement is intending to do?

What is it trying to make us believe?

We will get more friends if we buy their product?

Will we be more famous if we buy it?

Bring the class back together and ask each group to discuss their answers.

(This concept can be revisited weekly, as students bring more examples to the classroom).

 

Family activity – taking a check on our consumerism

Book “George went to see the Prime Minister”

Concept:

Raising awareness of our own consumerism. We are inundated with advertising from the internet, TV, and bill boards. We are hugely influenced in the way in which we purchase our food, clothes, toys, furniture, cars and everything!

In the story, “George went to see the Prime Minister”, George is addicted to buying clothes. At one stage in the story she stops and thinks about what she is doing, and decides that there are better ways to spend her time.

As a family, read “George went to see the Prime Minister”

It is great to be on the spot as advertisements come on the TV to discuss. You can also pick out appropriate advertisements from magazines, the internet or anywhere, that are suitable to your family. Let the adults in the family share appropriate stories of how they are targeted (cars, etc) by advertisers and how they may be influenced to keep up with certain important peer groups. Discuss the following:

Who is the advertisement aimed at (who is the audience, who will read it)?

Is it selling something? What is it selling?

What is the advertisement is intending to do?

What is it trying to make us believe?

We will get more friends if we buy their product?

Will we be more famous if we buy it?

 

Keep revisiting this concept, building on examples, and raising awareness

Looking after our planet – family activity

Concept:

Focusing on the need to be continually looking after our planet and thinking about the future.

In our story, “George and the problem of food”  the friends worked for many long hours and for days and nights to fix the problem of food. It was such an effort that they decided to work on the problem of food more often.

As a family, read “George and the problem of food”.

If you don’t have a vegetable garden at home, it is a good idea to create one. Just creating a vegetable patch applies the learning. Your children will be able to plant vegetables and watch them grow. If you already have vegetables growing, then discuss the following:

  • What vegetables are growing?
  • When will each of them be ready to eat?
  • Create a calendar and write in (or draw) the vegetables that will be ready to eat on each month
  • Select a month when nothing will be ready to eat
  • Select and plant a vegetable that will be ready to eat in that month

If a vegetable garden is not an option for you, then you could think of planting herbs in pots, or alfalfa sprouts