Winged Wonders

What I love about this book is that it highlights how people around the world worked together and shared information to study life. As we think about the world our students will inherit, we cannot deny the increasing need for global communities to collaborate. This text can be used to begin that discussion. This book also addresses the hero myth. As a society, we love our heroes and learning about the contributions of individuals is important but it's also important to recognize that heroes do not work alone and communities of folks working together is how change happens.

-Dena

Social Justice Activities:

  • Explore the ways your classroom community works together to co-create knowledge. Generate ideas to collaborate with other classes or communities to share knowledge. These projects can be small like making recycling on campus more efficient or researching topics of interest and sharing information.

  • Use this text to begin studies around human migration. Why do people migrate? (Safety, to be with loved ones, war, climate change, etc.).

  • Climate Justice will require global communities to collaborate. What are local environmental issues that your community is working towards? Collaborate with students on how you can participate, however small.

Relevant Social Justice Standards:

Identity 1. Students will develop positive social identities based on their membership in multiple groups in society.

Diversity 6. Students will express comfort with people who are both similar to and different from them and engage respectfully with all people.

Diversity 7. Students will develop language and knowledge to accurately and respectfully describe how people (including themselves) are both similar to and different from each other and others in their identity groups.

Diversity 8. Students will respectfully express curiosity about the history and lived experiences of others and will exchange ideas and beliefs in an open-minded way.

Diversity 10. Students will examine diversity in social, cultural, political and historical contexts rather than in ways that are superficial or oversimplified.

Justice 15. Students will identify figures, groups, events and a variety of strategies and philosophies relevant to the history of social justice around the world.

Action 20. Students will plan and carry out collective action against bias and injustice in the world and will evaluate what strategies are most effective.

Reading Strategies:

Compare/Contrast: Compare human migration to butterfly migration- why do people and animals migrate?

Problem/Solution: Examine what barriers the individuals needed to overcome in order to work together as a global community. (Language, national sovereignty laws, modes of communication...)

Plot/Setting/Sequencing

Book Details:
  • Non-Fiction, All Ages
  • Perspectives: Global cooperation
  • Author's stated heritage:
  • Subject Integration: Science, Environment

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