Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 14: Introduction to Global Citizenship #DisneyYouth #Gifted #Write31Days


Today is Day 14 out of 31 Days of Disney Youth Programs perfect for gifted students.

If you have been following this series right along, thank you!
Photo Property Walt Disney Company. Used with permission.
If you have not, but would like to check out the posts, the individual links for every one of the days have been provided at the end of this post for Days 1-13. 

Have you been to Epcot?
If you have, you know what a neat, multicultural experience it is to go to the World Showcase.
Our family loves going to Epcot and we especially enjoy World Showcase!
If you have not been to Epcot, perhaps you have been to an international fair that features foods, music, art, and a variety of cultural experiences.
If you would love for your students to have the experience of taking in multiple cultures at one time, then bringing them to Introduction to Global Citizenship is just the hands on experience for your group!

Photo Property Disney Youth Programs / Walt Disney Company. Photo used with permission.

Introduction to Global Citizenship has been designed by Disney Youth for students in Grades 4-9.
It is offered right at Epcot World Showcase here in Florida.
Both of my boys are almost old enough to attend this program and we can't wait!!!
We hope to attend within the next year or so...

Here is what Disney Youth shares about this program:
Program Overview
Students grades 4-9 will explore the cultures of several nations represented within Epcot's World Showcase where students will interact with international ambassadors to gain an understanding of how technology, communication and commerce bridge cultural gaps. In this 3 hour academic adventure students discover that while cultures vary, we all united in a global community.  
Key Learning Points 
During this interactive field study, students will:
  • Students will define culture
  • Students will discover that communication is key to learning about other cultures
  • Students to learn how an individual's background and experiences form a cultural filter that affects their perception and receptivity of differing cultural ideas and ways of life.
  • Students discover cultures live and change due to internal and external pressures
  • Students examine assimilation, accommodation, and displacement of cultures
  • Through the Gate of the Golden Sun, students enter China for a hands-on exploration of two unique cultures.
  • Students will discover how available resources can influence the development of culture
  • Students will gain further insights into how individual perception can influence the understanding of a culture
  • Students will be introduced to another culture through a meet and greet with a World Showcase Representative
  • Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain further insight into a culture that may be perceived as different
  • Students discover that many traditions believed to be unique have roots in other cultures
  • Students will identify barriers to cultural diffusion
  • Students will discover the impact of technology in the breaking down and building up of cultural barriers
  • A visit to The American Adventure attraction gives students the opportunity to experience the challenges and benefits of a culturally diverse nation.
  • Students will discover that the strength of the United States comes from the diversity of the people who call it home
  • Students will articulate the common bonds of culture as discovered throughout the day's experience
  • Students learn the role that they can play in our global community and how as a responsible global citizen they can break down cultural barriers 
All programs subject to availability. Program content, times, attractions and locations subject to change due to inclement weather, availability or group dynamics. Students must meet minimum age/grade requirements.

Since students will spend much of their time checking out The American Adventure as well as China near the Gate of the Golden Sun. Created an Introduction to Global Citizenship Pinterest Board that ties in with this fabulous program. Have embedded the video clip for you, but you need Adobe Flash to view it. 
If you don't have adobe flash and want to view it later, it is also pinned on the cover of the Introduction to Global Citizenship Pinterest Board.

While putting this post together was that many of the countries that are prominently featured in World Showcase have been featured in a Girl Scouts program called Thinking Day. While searching for arts and crafts that would tie into the specific countries, found several cute projects that were labeled as Girl Scout Thinking Day Swaps projects, so have pinned these as well, as they would work very well for any group of students who wishes to make a craft that ties in with a particular country. 

Perhaps your students would want to host their own international fair either before or after attending Introduction to Global Citizenship?
What a great way to tie in classroom learning with an amazing experience at Epcot!
The countries that are featured in World Showcase are:
  • Mexico Mexico
  • Norway Norway
  • China China
  • Germany Germany
  • Italy Italy
  • United States United States
  • Japan Japan
  • Morocco Morocco
  • France France
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Canada Canada
Depending on the size of your group, you might want to have more than one child work on a country. 
If your group is small, each child could choose his or her own country to research. 
If you have children in your group who are really curious about a particular country, suggest that you follow their passions and let them research the country that they are the most curious about, regardless of whether or not their choice is highlighted at Epcot's World Showcase.
Because students who are allowed to pursue their own interests generally are far more connected to their project than students who are told exactly what to do and how to do it.
If you want to somehow tie what they choose with a country they will learn about as part of Introduction to Global Citizenship, you could always have them compare and contrast the country of their choice with one featured in the World Showcase
Hope that you will enter the Create It! Contest. 
There is still time to enter, as the Create It! Contest does not end until October 24, 2014. 

Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

 Logo used with permission. Property Walt Disney Company.

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