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CHILDREN AS CONSUMERS

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Kids almost since the day they are born started to be bombarded by brand messages. If we dare to check the books of the preschoolers we might find pictures of “fun and playful” brands like M&M’s or Kellogg’s. We can also think about the exposure of kids to the bright colored and desirable nice branded packaging at the supermarket, the movies advertisements, products placement in audiovisual productions, TV commercials, internet banners, billboards, radio… messages everywhere, all of them with just one purpose: Consumption!

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WE ARE THE WORLD

During the fourth unit of inquiry “How the World Works”, second graders faced different learning experiences based on the interaction between human societies and nature. They were able to bring enduring understandings to make them real in their lives with their families, friends, context and themselves.

Students participated in a provocation activity led by the physical education teachers observing excerpts from the documentary "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret" in order to rise their curiosity about the transformation of nature and the main changes it has had over time. After the film, they performed the thinking routine: “Think, Match and Count” on the issues that most caught their attention. This learning experience made a great point for a global understanding about what’s happening to the planet; that’s why they listened to a famous song by Michael Jackson called “Earth Song” where the kids had the opportunity to show appreciation and respect to the world. Finally, they evaluated themselves in a continuum using their drawings on a color paper.

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Risk or Challenge?

No matter their social, economic, physical or cultural condition, children have the right to be protected and taught to face and overcome risky and challenging situations they experienced on a daily basis. The unit of inquiry Sharing the Planet was designed for our third graders to share their comprehensions and reflect on this topic.

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