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Around the World in the Blink of an Eye Book

Around the World in the Blink of an Eye transports readers across the globe, one hour at a time, discovering what children are doing throughout the day. Through stunning artwork from artists of each country, this book offers opportunities to learn about the global community and how we are connected.

While teaching the notion of time zones, this book reminds us of the similarities in a child’s day, no matter where they live, that makes us so much the same, while embracing the cultures and landscapes that account for our differences.

Author: Lou Hood
Publisher: we(e)press
This book is a great resource for Grades 3 to 5.

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Around the World in the Blink of an Eye Book Cover

Around the World Reading Guide

This guide offers techniques to reading Around the World in the Blink of an Eye as well as prompting questions to further the learning and reflection of students, using maps and atlases as teaching aids.

Subject: Language Arts and Social Studies
Grades: 3, 4 and 5

Lessons for Around the World

The following lessons use Around the World as a basis for exploring themes such as global art and perspective, the notion of a global community, and an understanding of how access to education may not be the same in different parts of the world. They are independent lessons which can also be used without having read Around the World.

Exploring Art From Around the World

This art lesson challenges students to choose an illustration from Around the World that they enjoyed and further research the artist who created it. Students will integrate their knowledge of the elements and principles of art to communicate their ideas and creatively develop an advertisement for the artist’s work.

Subject: Visual Art and Language Arts
Grades: 4 and 5

Using Different Artistic Tools

Building off of their knowledge of the elements and principles of art, students will apply these skills using a variety of art supplies in this lesson as they explore perspective.

Subject: Visual Art
Grades: 4 and 5

Around Our Class in a Day

Students collaborate to create a book depicting each hour of the day, in their own classroom. Replicating the example in Around the World, students will investigate the concept of perspective and how classrooms may differ around the world.

Subject: Social Studies
Grades: 3

My Family Traditions

Students will reflect on personal traditions and using language, visual arts, or both, they will share the value of their tradition with their classmates. Students explore the concept of interrelationships and how communities are brought together through traditions.

Subject: Social Studies
Grades: 4 and 5

Literacy Around the World

Using the statistics provided, students will apply their knowledge of data management to create graphs, comparing literacy rates from different parts of the world. This serves as a basis for discussion about the importance of education and what social, economic, and geographic factors can influence education.

Subject: Math: Data management and Social Studies
Grades: 5

Exploring Global Literacy

The following two lessons use student research to explore the connections between a country’s education and literacy rate and other social, economic and environmental factors.

Global Literacy

Using CODE’s website, students will research key factors in an African country and compare them to Canada, exploring how social, economic and environmental issues can influence and affect literacy in different parts of the world. Students will learn that educational opportunities are not the same in all parts of the world by unpacking the social studies concept of cause and consequence.

Subject: Social Studies
Grades: 5 and 6

Global Literacy

Students are challenged to research a variety of information on countries from different continents. Using this as a basis, they will explore how the education system is impacted by social, economic and environmental factors – which have lasting impacts on a country’s literacy rate. Students will use the concept of cause and consequence to communicate their understanding.

Subject: Social Studies
Grades: 7 and 8

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