Know Your Community

Did you know that Summit County, Ohio is home to 50 + ethnic groups & different faith groups? Learn more here:

Know Your World

Do you know Iran uses a different calendar then we do? Learn more about the world with our collection of modules & ppts.

Know More

Go to the following pages for:Students, Teachers, Speakers to learn more about the world through our many resources & games.

Teacher Resources


Internet Resources:


            Reviewed that “6-8” grade pages for Social Studies. Most of the lesson plans were links to National Geographic Xpeditions sites. This site more focused on American history, geography, issues. Reviewed 495 lesson plans.

Additional Geography Resource Websites

National Geographic Bee website:

Kids- International & Cultural Websites - for Student under 10 mostly.  -  Teacher, project oriented - Student: to explore, random, not organized by country or culture. - Student – for interactive communication, e-pal, etc. - Student , this is US state dept; career oriented, political,  

For activities for students go to: Student, very limited content and badlydesigned for reading purposes. Student: very limited in scope as far as countries, activities)  Teacher: limited, not a lot of lesson plans, activities, mostly references other websites. Student: brief in overview of countries, some video. (must subscribe with payment, there is a free trial)

World Wise Schools Coverdell World Wise Schools, a domestic program of the Peace Corps, has helped more than 3 million
U.S. students communicate directly with Peace Corps Volunteers all over the world.
The World Wise Schools website offers free, dynamic cross-cultural classroom materials, literature, videos, stories,
and lessons to enrich K–12 students, such as the Global Issues: Working With Communities module and the
award-winning educational game Peace Corps Challenge

TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of global education teacher resources designed and collected by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's
Education Department for teachers, afterschool instructors, and parents. TeachUNICEF resources cover grades PK-12, are
interdisciplinary (social studies, science, math, English/language arts, foreign/world languages), and align with national standards.
The units, lesson plans, stories, videos and multimedia cover topics such as the Millennium Development Goals, poverty, and water and sanitation.

E-Pals connects registered classrooms with students and educators in 191 countries, allowing classroom-to-classroom project sharing. 
Students practice language and literacy skills through teacher-supervised global penpals. 

Paintbrush Diplomacy
Paintbrush Diplomacy encourages awareness of international issues and supports children’s causes through a variety of
programs including educational exchanges, community exhibits, and special events.

Taking it Global
is an online community that connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action in their local
and global communities. It's the world's most popular online community for young people interested in making a difference.

iEARN is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and young people to use the Internet
and other new technologies to collaborate on projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world.

International Communication and Negotiation Simulations (ICONS)
The ICONS Project offers high school and university students from around the world the opportunity to participate in
Internet-based simulations that teach communication and negotiation skills while exploring some
of the most contentious political issues of the day. 

Americans for Informed Democracy (AID)
Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) is a non-partisan non-profit organization working to raise global awareness on more than 500 U.S. university campuses and in more than 10 countries. AID coordinates town hall meetings on America's role in the world, hosts leadership retreats, and publishes opinion pieces and reports on issues of global importance.

U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy-
The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy promotes opportunities for all Americans to be citizen diplomats and affirms the indispensable value of citizen involvement in international relations.

United States Institute of Peace: Classroom simulations
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly engaging in peacebuilding efforts around the globe.

Online Geography Games GeoSpy Game: Can you find your way around a blank map?
We tell you the place-name, you click the correct location to win. - Name the Continents, Countries, Rivers, & other global geographic feataures

National Geographic:

NG Bee website; Study Corner; Activity 17
Activity on Exploring Diffusion in Your Community
Std. 2 C People in Soc. Diffusion.

Online Geography Games

National Geographic Bee website:

GeoBee Challenge Game:

Got what it takes to beat the bee? Test yourself with ten National Geographic Bee questions every day.

GeoSpy Game:

Can you find your way around a blank map? We tell you the place-name, you click the correct location to win.

Name the Continents, Countries, Rivers, & other global geographic feataures -

WizQuiz- on World Info Zone website:

Global Education Resources

National Geographic Bee:
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge. 

EducationUSA offers various resources on U.S. higher education, supports overseas advising centers,
and collaborates with U.S. educational organizations to strengthen international exchange. 

Good site for project development concentrating on “Doors to Diplomacy.” Sponsored by the US Dept. of State

18. Friendship through Education
Project based with opportunities for students to engage in independent projects, connect with students around the world.

19.  United Nations Cyber School Bus

Global teaching and learning project.  Curriculum, games, comparative statistics, country background information, world news. 

Current Events: - Student: light news, current events, some country profiles with very brief outline

Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI)
The YLI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
YLI is funded by the United States Congress, the Virginia General Assembly, and private donations. 
YLI develops free K-12 civic education resources designed to encourage student interest and participation in the American political process.

Chat the Planet
Chat the Planet is a global dialogue company and connects young people from around the world to talk about everything from politics,
prejudices and war, to music and life in general.

Friendship Through Education (FTE)
The FTE, launched by the U.S. Department of Education in response to the events surrounding September 11, 2001,
continues to work to build strong and lasting relationships between American children and those from other countries and cultures.

Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance was founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center and provides educators with free educational materials that promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity in the classroom and beyond.

EarthCam for Kids -  Designed for children- webcams that are kid friendly, fun, and educational.

International Education Week (IEW)
This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is to promote programs
that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study,
learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Library of Congress 
The web site of the Library of Congress offers many resources on U.S. Diplomacy, including:  

Frontline Diplomacy, The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies

Embassy Information
Many U.S. and foreign embassies have resources on their web sites. For a list of U.S. embassies worldwide,
visit For a list of foreign embassies in Washington, DC, visit

WizQuiz- on World Info Zone website:

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