We wanted to make World Explorer even better, so we spoke with many teachers and students. We heard that students love the visuals included in the lesson, so we’ve added even more charts, infographics and photos - especially for English language learners. We also updated the content to better align to social studies and language art standards so that teachers could more easily integrate it into their curriculums. Finally, we included more discussion of global themes for students to learn about similarities and differences amongst communities around the world.
Read more about each of these improvements below or demo the project to experience the awesomeness for yourself!
Improved English Language Learning
Previously World Explorer weekly topics focused on the region of the world where a student’s PenPal lived. We’ve now updated the project content so that each student will learn more about similarities and differences throughout the world with examples from specific countries. This will give students broad world knowledge while enabling them to dive deeper with their PenPals (no matter where they are from).
Better Theme Alignment
We’ve improved the content of the World Explorer project to better align with major social studies and language arts themes so now teachers can better align PenPal Schools with curriculums throughout the year and across different subjects. For example, in the first week of their PenPal exchange students will learn about daily life around the world and explore the relationship between urban and rural communities. In the next week they will learn about food and how geography shapes what foods are available to people in different parts of the world.