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PASSPORT TO THE WORLD

Submitted by: Debbie Nelson, a teacher at Boston School in Oceanside, California

Grade/Subject Area:

GR. K-6 - Geography

Objectives:

An incentive activity, recordkeeping tool, and learning experience.

Materials:

  • Construction Paper
  • Typing paper (or other plain paper)
  • Stapler
OR
  • Paper folders with 2 or 3 prong center, notebook paper, or plain paper and hole punch
  • Stickers or stampers
  • Art supplies (crayons, markers, glue and glitter, etc)
  • Photograph of child
  • The Ultimate Flag Sticker Book (optional)

Lesson Plan:

  1. Talk about passports and what they are used for.

  2. Older students can call to find out how to get a passport, what information they have to provide, how much it costs, how long until it expires, and what countries, if any, you do NOT need a passport to get into. Otherwise, the teacher/parent can gather this information.

  3. Make your own passports!

These two ideas create oversized passports. Show the students the size of a real passport and what it looks like inside.

#1

Take a large piece of colored construction paper and fold in half. Take several sheets of blank white paper and fold in half. Put the white paper inside the construction paper and staple along the center fold.

Let the student decorate the outside of their passport. On the inside, attach a picture of the student and have them write their information, as you would find on a passport.

#2

Use colored folders with the prongs in the center. Decorate the front cover and place paper inside the folder. On the inside, attach a picture of the student and have them write their information, as you would find on a passport.

How the Passport is used

Now, use stickers of flags from each country* (or a special stamper or other sticker) to attach to the pages inside the passport, as the student completes their studies of each country. Make a list of all the countries you plan to study.....or make a list of all the countries in the world and allow the student to explore as many as they like (as time allows).

This passport will serve as a record of all the countries he/she has learned about.

*From The Ultimate Flag Sticker Book, Dorling Kindersley Limited, 1993.


Lesson © Debbie Nelson


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