Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 5, Number 3, Winter 2010
Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan ~ One World, One Day
Cynthia Szymanski Sunal
Dennis W. Sunal
The University of Alabama
This extensive lesson involves grades pre-K-3 students in exploring the similarities in the experiences in a single day that children have across the world. Students use discussion, comparing and contrasting, drawings, and digital photos to capture their own and others’ daily experiences in and out of school. They use One World, One Day as a resource and springboard for the development and testing of the generalization, “a typical day in the life of a child is very much the same around the world. The book includes photos of children from many nations. Students locate the nation in which the photo was taken and consider similarities found in photos with events in a typical day in their lives. The lesson originates in social studies but incorporates interdisciplinary elements.