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We are ALL Global Citizens! NOW what?

Posted by on November 30, 2012

“…we all have an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave the world a healthier, cleaner, and better place for our children and future generations.”
~  Blythe Danner

In our Social Studies curriculum, we learn about the traditions and culture, the land and the resources of four countries: Tunisia, Ukraine, India and Peru. But, within our own CLASSROOM, we have rich and diverse cultural backgrounds and interests as well! We’ve spent some time sharing a little more about our OWN varied heritage and personal interests! It has been exciting to find out more about who we are and where we fit in the world. We are ALL global citizens! This post explores our conversations around what it means to be a “global citizen”.

Some of us are fortunate to have the traditional clothing of our families at HOME! It is fun to share … even if it doesn’t FIT anymore! This beautiful shirt is from Korea!

“It is important to be a global citizen because it is good doing something for the world. For example, if I saw a not good citizen put garbage on the ground and I picked it up and put it in the garbage, that is being a good citizen. If you didn’t pick the garbage up and left it on the ground that is not being a good citizen. I think that in our world we should pick up garbage even if it is not yours. Being best for the world is important because it is our place. It is important to help others because it is like being the best for the world and being helpful to others!” ~Joyce

“Are you a global citizen? You are … and we’re going to talk about it today! We think it is important because being a global citizen can mean a LOT to others. We think it is important to learn about new and old places and people because it will help you learn about the poor and rich, the big and small, and to care for and help EVERYBODY! Different does not matter because every culture and community has their differences and similarities. Remember to be kind.” ~Jayden & Ella

“Global Citizenship is good because you are helping people around the world. Global Citizenship is when people learn about the world. Good global citizenship is when good people do good things. It is important to help others when they need help because if you don’t help others they won’t help you. It’s important to be the best for the world that you can be!” ~Nick

This beautiful dress is from Germany!

“Global Citizenship is important because if nobody was a global citizen then there would not be a library in Peru! It’s important to help others because if there was nobody to help Mrs. Adamson when she broke her arm we would be sad. Did you know that there are good global citizens and bad global citizens? Being a good global citizen means that you don’t litter and it means that you help people around the world. It’s important to be kind to people because it could change the world!” ~Amro

“Global citizenship means people in different parts of the world. It also means world wide … people learning from each other!” ~Dimitri

“Being a Global Citizen means that you help people around the world. You should BE one! It’s as easy as eating CAKE!!! Today, we are discussing it in class. We are all part of the world. No one is better than anyone else. We all care about each other. It is important to be one because if one person has all the money in the world, then it can be hard for other people to live. We all should be one. We should be the best FOR the world!” ~Lauren & Chelsea

“Well, being a good citizen is important because, let’s say that you were walking in the lunch room, and someone bumped into you and you lost all your lunch and that person didn’t say sorry or buy you a new lunch. Then you realize how bad you feel, and if you do that to another person, you’ll see how bad they’ll feel. If you’re almost all the time nice, then you’ll get some friends, but if you are nice all the time you’ll make a LOT more friends! If you don’t know if you’re a global citizen, I mean a NICE one, then see if you have a lot of friends, like me! It’s important to learn about other people too. If you have friends in another country … then ask them what it’s like!” ~Rebecca

 Our Global Citizens were inspired by a blog post at Kid World Citizen, by Becky Morales!

“Global Citizenship means people … even me! It also means people from different countries … like if someone lived in China and moved to Canada. Not everyone is a global citizen. You are a good global citizen if you do not litter! Global citizenship also means world wide!” ~Constantine

“Global citizenship is something I like to call:

  • helping out
  • being a good citizen

Why is global citizenship important? Well, it helps most of us in our jobs, school and at home. Usually at home, if you have a brother or a sister, that is when you start to have fights. What do you do next? Here are two choices:

  • fight
  • work it out

I would say “WORK IT OUT”!!! Yup! That is part of global citizenship. If the world did not have global citizenship you know the world would not be a good place to live.” ~Christopher

“Today our teacher, Mrs. Renton, asked us what global meant and what citizenship meant and what global citizenship meant. Most of us scratched our HEADS! You might ask why is it important to be kind to others. Well, you might litter. That doesn’t just affect a community … it affects the whole world! Mrs. Renton read us books about global citizenship. Citizens are people all around the world.” ~Elijah, Tre & Tommy

“Global citizenship is important because we have rights and if you and I did not have rights it would be a DISASTER. Global citizenship is also important because some people don’t respect the world or other people … like the girl who was shot in the head in Pakistan. That’s not respecting global citizenship. Everyone should respect global citizenship.” ~Danny

The world is like a VILLAGE! We are all a part of it and all responsible for it!

We are young … but we are discovering that there is a world BEYOND our own homes, our classroom, our school, our city, our province and our country! It is a world we ALL share!

“The earth is but one country and Mankind its citizens.”
― Bahá’u’lláh

These little cuties are handmade in Peru! They show the traditional mountain clothing of the region!

“Are you a global citizen? Opps … sorry … that’s a silly question … of COURSE you are!!! The question I MEANT to ask was if you were a GOOD global citizen! Here are some ways you CAN be a good global citizen! First of all … be kind to others, donate to people in need … it’s as easy as putting one dime in a donation box. If you do these things, forget about being a good global citizen. You’ll be a GREAT global citizen! Why is it important to be a good global citizen, you might be asking yourself. If everyone in the world was doing good deeds, think of what the world would be like! Everyone doing favours for each other and smiles all around! And … think of what the world would be like if everyone was doing the opposite.” ~Ben

This gorgeous bell is from the Ukraine! It’s fun to share our heritage with classmates!

“Citizenship is important because you should help people around the world. Citizens are people. Everyone is a citizen in the world. Some citizens are nice and some are not. Most citizens are nice and make the world a better place. We wish everyone on earth was a good global citizen.” ~Tyler & Davis

Some musical instruments and fancy bead work from around the world. Inspiring.

“Global citizenship. That’s a pretty long phrase! We’re all global citizens. In fact, no matter what, even if you don’t want to be one, you are still a global citizen. You can be a “good global citizen”, or a “bad global citizen”. To be a good global citizen, you help others … you help the poor … but not just with money. Even KINDNESS! To be a bad global citizen, you … I’m not even going to mention it! Remember, give the gift of kindness. Being a good global citizen can spread smiles.” ~AJ

Together we CAN make a difference … so NOW what? We can each start by:

  • sharing a SMILE!
  • giving the gift of kindness!
  • helping others … and it doesn’t even have to cost any MONEY!
  • pick up your garbage!
  • pick up other people’s litter, (if it’s safe), and put it where it belongs!
  • be “eco FRIENDLY”!
  • include others … no matter WHAT culture they are from or what colour skin they have!

We wonder:

  • What do you do to be a positive global citizen?
  • How do you keep your family traditions alive?
  • What is your cultural background?

34 Responses to We are ALL Global Citizens! NOW what?

  1. Becky

    This is such a wonderful post!!! Danny- I loved your comments on global citizenship! I wish some adults would learn the lessons you have presented here :). I agree that we need to be responsible and respectful towards all other people, and to our planet. I’m going to share this post with a lot of other teachers and parents who might like to teach their students and children about what it means to be a good citizen. I love your ideas on how to start! I wonder if we could all start in the cafeteria or recess, maybe looking for a new student who doesn’t know anyone yet, or looking for a student who doesn’t have anyone to play with? I bet they would be so excited to be invited over to play on the swings or to play soccer :). That’s my idea- I can’t wait to read everyone else’s!

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Becky!

      Thank you for your WONDERFUL comment! It made us feel REALLY good to know that you liked it enough to want to share with the parents and teachers who read YOUR blog! Danny REALLY liked what you said about his thoughts! We DO feel a little badly that it has taken us SO long to respond to your comment … we are pretty backed up … and we believe that it is VERY important to reply to each and EVERY comment left on our blog. We try to do this in the order that they have come in. You sure did a great job of sharing this post … because we’re getting comments from people we don’t know coming in left, right AND centre! We LOVE it and we are VERY grateful to all the thoughts people leave for us! We don’t have a cafeteria … but we sure do have a lunchroom. In the lunchroom, we try to be global citizens by:

      – including others at our tables when they have nowhere else to sit.
      – picking up garbage when it falls on the ground, even when it’s NOT ours … we know this helps our lunch supervisors in a HUGE way.
      – making responsible choices and using our manners by not throwing food at people or on the ground.
      – by putting our hands up and not shouting out when we’re ready to go outside.
      – by cleaning up our own messes when we are done.

      We think that your ideas for global citizenship are awesome! Sometimes, it’s easy to forget to include people, but, in the end, it is the RIGHT thing to do and then everyone wins! We should ALL make good choices by being kind to other people!

      We sure hope you keep checking back. We hope we can look forward to another of your amazing comments!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  2. Varya @ Little Artists

    What an amazing project! It is important to bring up our children treating our world as one country and all people as its citizens!!!

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Thank you for your awesome comment, Varya! It made us feel really good to know that we are getting new readers to leave comments on our blog! We agree – we should all look at the world as one big country and all the people as its citizens. If we ALL did this maybe there would be less fighting. Maybe we would celebrate people’s differences instead of being afraid of them. And, maybe we would find that we are all not so different after all. Thank you for leaving us a comment, Varya. We hope you keep checking back!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  3. Lorie

    What wonderful work you are doing!!

    • Ben (on behalf of The Battalion Hawk Bloggers)

      Hi Lorie!

      Thank you so much for the GREAT compliment. 😉 It sure mad us FEEL good!
      Where are you from? We are so happy we’re getting so many AWESOME viewers like you.

      Ben (on behalf of The Battalion Bloggers) 🙂

  4. Daria

    I love this post! Your ideas and the way you share cultures is so exciting. It will make a big difference in the world around you. I spent my teenage years in peru and I went on to be a musician. So sharing music is one thing I do to help keep traditional culture alive!

    I recorded a song that kids in Peru sing to each other. It’s not in Spanish, but in Quechua. I can tell you what all the words mean, if you like. If you’d like to see it – you can go to:
    http://vimeo.com/dariamusic/yaw-yaw

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Daria.

      Thank you SO much for your awesome comment. We felt VERY special to discover that you left a comment on our blog. You would not BELIEVE how excited we were to check out the link to the song you recorded … and how over the MOON we were to discover that it was sung in Quechua! It is very hard to find ANYTHING in Quecvhua.

      Daria, we would LOVE to know what all the words mean. We did a TON of talking about what the song could be about. We loved the dancing and the puppy and the animation.

      We LOVE that you used music to help keep traditional culture alive. When you lived in Peru as a teenager, where did you live? Did you ever eat guinea pig?

      Thank you SO much for taking the time to leave a comment for us! We are EXCITED to learn more about the Quechua song you recorded!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  5. colleen

    Hi Grade 3’s you truly are making the world a friendlier place. I teach in a daycare in my small town on Vancouver island in British Columbia.’So powerful is the light of unity that it can envelope the whole earth.’ from the Baha’i writings. I really think your class is doing a great job to learn about our world . If you get time to write I would love to hear how your all doing especially with your project about Peru. Take good care. Colleen.

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Colleen.

      Thank you VERY much for leaving a comment on our blog! We are really enjoying our learning about the world. It has been fun learning about the kids in our classroom and the traditions they have at home. We liked when some of our classmates brought in traditional clothing and other treasures too.

      We have only Skyped with Ashli once this year. She is very busy working in many rural communities in Peru. They are mostly tiny weaving villages. We don’t know what we will be doing with Mosqoy this year, but we are excited to work with Ashli and learn more about Peru too!

      We hope you keep checking back … we always learn TONS from our readers! Thank you, Colleen, for taking the time to leave a comment for us! We hope to see you back here soon!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  6. Tulip

    I love AJ’s comments. We are all a part of this world and we can make it a better place! My father is from Vietnam and he offers the most wonderful stories, fun loving personality, and delicious cuisine. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ben (on behalf of The Battalion Hawks Bloggers)

      Hi Tulip!

      Thank you for complimenting AJ on his comment! It made him feel VERY good! 🙂
      I agree with you – we are all part this world and it is our responsibility to take care of it.
      Your father is from Vietnam and we have 5 flags from Vietnam!
      Most of the stories I’ve ever heard are from story books. 😉
      Your father sounds like my father except for the story part! What is the BEST story your father ever told you?

      Ben (on behalf of The Battalion Hawk Bloggers) 🙂

  7. Leanna

    What a wonderful site! I really love all of your comments about being a good global citizen. You have such great ideas, and I especially love your ideas on how we can all get started being better global citizens. Way to go!

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Leanna!

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on our blog! You made us feel SO good. We think it’s pretty easy to be a better global citizen … you can start small … and it doesn’t even have to cost any money. Who knows … maybe ONE of us will grow up to work with an organization that is able to do MORE to make the world a better place for EVERYONE, like Ashli does!

      We hope you keep checking back! We always learn TONS from our readers and it is always nice to know that people are enjoying our work!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  8. Amanda Miss Panda

    Ni Hao! 你好! What a fantastic post! You are all wonderful global citizens and I will share this post with my 2nd graders in Hawaii. I love what AJ said “give the gift of kindness” and “Being a good global citizen can spread smiles.” We can all learn from each other. Do you know some of your friends might speak another language at home and they might celebrate different holidays? Being a global citizen starts from where you are. I am from Taiwan and I lived in Montreal, Canada for three years. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas with us.

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Amanda!

      Thank you for leaving such a great comment for us. We were really happy to see how many readers enjoyed this post! Wow. You teach in Hawaii! That must be a LOT of fun! Do you get to go to the BEACH with your class? We don’t live near a beach … and we think that would be a FUN fieldtrip!

      AJ is right. Being a good global citizen is easy and doesn’t have to cost any money. It can begin with a simple smile and adding positive to the world.

      We have talked a lot about the different languages that we speak at home. It is always neat to see what these languages look like on paper too! Boy … we think spelling in ENGLISH is hard … but Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic look REALLY tough! We also talk about our different traditions – it is a great way to see how different we are … but … how similar we are too!

      You are right, Amanda, being a global citizen starts from where you are. We can ALL make the world a better place by remembering to be the best that we can be … by being helpful, positive, thoughtful and kind.

      We hope you check back, Amanda … and we hope that your Grade Two students enjoy our post too. Maybe you can even help them to leave a comment. That would be fun!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  9. Mud Hut Mama

    What beautiful quotes and what wise global citizens! So inspiring to read how they have interpreted the lesson. I’d love to know what book(s) your class read about global citizenship.

    • Ben (on behalf of The Battalion Hawk Bloggers)

      Hi Mud Hut MaMa!

      Mrs. Renton says thank you VERY much for the compliment about our quotes. 😉
      We have read some AMAZING books along our journey. Some we would recommend to you would be Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed and If the World Were a Village. You’ll see more posts about books soon. 😉

      Ben (on behalf of The Battalion Hawk Bloggers)

  10. Olga @The EuropeanMama

    What an amazing project, and such a wonderful blog! Your commitment and creativity is something to admire! So thoughtful and emphatic! Thank you so much for doing this! Keep it up!

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Olga!

      Thank you for leaving a comment on our blog! We are glad that you enjoyed checking it out! We really love writing for it. Sometimes we feel bad that it takes us so long to reply to the comments left behind by our awesome readers. But, it just gets SO busy in our classroom! 😉

      Thank you for making us feel SO good with your compliments. We are working hard to be positive global citizens.

      We hope you keep checking back and leaving comments if you see something that inspires you – we learn so much from our interactions with our readers!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  11. Cynthia

    Hi everyone, hi Christopher!
    I enjoy reading your blog!
    We all live in countries around the world which have artificial man made boundaries…from space we get a clear picture of our beautiful planet earth where everyone lives together. It is our home and we as global citizens need to take good care of our home and one another.
    Warm wishes,
    Christopher’s Gma

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Cynthia!

      Boy did it ever make us feel good to know that some of our Grandparents are checking out our blog! We love looking at the world with google earth because it shows us the way the earth REALLY looks … not like it does on a map or on a globe!

      You are right. We are all global citizens and it is everyone’s job to do the best they can to take care of the earth and the people who live on it.

      We hope you keep checking back, Cynthia! It makes us feel good to know that our readers leave comments behind for us!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  12. Kim at Mama Mzungu

    Hi all you terrific kids and wonderful teacher! I’m reading this post from here in Kenya and I love what all of you have said about being global citizens. It’s heartening to know the next generation has better awareness of all the other people we share the plane with. Well done!!

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Kim!

      Boy did it EVER make us feel good to know that someone in Kenya was reading our blog and liked it enough to leave a comment! THANK you SO much!

      Kim, your comment made us ALL feel very good … and Mrs. Renton BLUSHED! We hope that, one day, everyone in the world will think of it as one BIG village … where no one is more important than ANYONE else and that everyone does the best they can to make it safe for EVERYONE.

      We hope you keep checking back with us. Sorry it took so long to reply … we just get SO busy. We think it is important to reply to each and every comment left behind. Sometimes it just takes us a little longer than we would like!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  13. julie mladic

    This is a great project. I love the idea of everyone being global citizens. If we all work together, our planet will benefit. We can all learn from each other, and share ideas. Even though we may live in different cultures, eat different foods, speak different languages, we are all so similar! We all want the same things: to be loved, be happy, be safe and have people around us to share our lives. Keep up the good work!

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Julie!

      Thank you for leaving a comment on our blog!

      You are right – if we ALL worked together, can you IMAGINE how amazing our world would be? We think that we can learn SO much from one another. Sometimes people are afraid of “different” … but … even though we may be different from one another we can ALWAYS find similarities. We are one big village and we need to take care of one another.

      We hope you keep checking back with us!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  14. Rebecca

    HI class!

    Making those global citezens was ALOT of fun (AND ALOT of work!)! If we do anything like that again…I can’t wait! did you do a boy peruvian global citezen? 😉
    My mom is a little Russain…except…my Baba is REALLY Russain! Did you know that “Baba” in Russian is actuly “Grandma” in english? I keep my moms tradition alive by still having some glasses and vases…except there TO brakabel to take out. Do you have a tradition? 😉
    well…thats all I can think about know! 🙂
    Bye!

    Rebecca 🙂 🙂

    • AJ the behalf of The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Rebecca!

      Thank you for the fantastic comment! I agree. Making the global citzens was hard. IF we do, I will do a Korean traditonal GIRL!

      I don’t have a person in my family that is from a different country, but my uncle fought in the Veitnam War. BUT, he survived.

      No, I don’t have a different tradition.

      AJ, on the behalf of The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

      PS Mrs. Renton says that she has been SO busy that she hasn’t had the chance to make a Peruvian boy for our Global Citizens bulletin board … but … maybe she will do that over the Christmas break! 🙂

  15. AJ

    Hi!!

    3 comments! Wow! Mrs. Renton wants to know how to make smiley faces WITHOUT making smiley faces. You make a smiley face that has his tongue out like this: :p . A : with a p. You make a crying smiley face with this: :’( . And, as you know, a winking face is like this: 😉 . Oh, and, a sad face is like this: 🙁 . OK?

    AJ

    • Tommy

      Hi AJ!

      I’ll tell you how to make the worried face. You know how to make the mouth right? But to make the mouth you press 0. So it looks like this :0 . Hope it works for you! Bye!

      Tommy, on behalf of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  16. Zack

    Hello grade 3 bloggers. I was a grade 3 blogger and it was so awesome.You guys are the best in the world because you are changing everything for Peru. Keep up the awesome work. Zack

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Zack!

      It makes me feel SO good to know that you still check back with the blog that we started together as a class last year! It has been an awesome journey for SURE! We have Skyped with Ashli once this year – she is VERY busy working with SEVERAL communities in Peru! We are still not sure how we will be involved with Mosqoy this year … but I know that it will be a special journey! Keep checking back – I LOVE it when you leave us comments!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  17. Jayden

    Hi everybody!

    My family and I decided to do a comment on the blog! Well actually I decided to…but let’s get down to business. I’m REALLY enjoying the blog! My family is usully pretty excited to hear that there is a NEW blog post…but not as excited as me. The reason why I like the blog SO much is because you can share with the WORLD!

    But I would not even KNOW how to do this without my WONDERFUL teacher! We ALL think she is. Right?

    Well I got to go. See you later…as in tomorrow!

    Jayden

    PS let’s keep up the GREAT work!

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Jayden!

      It is SO awesome to know that our Battalion Hawk Bloggers are checking out the blog at home with their families!

      What else do you enjoy MOST about blogging, Jayden? We think it’s pretty neat to be able to share our learning with the rest of the world … and learning FROM them is ALSO pretty cool! You made Mrs. Renton BLUSH!!! Although you are right, we wouldn’t be blogging if Mrs. Renton wasn’t excited about it, she couldn’t imagine NOT blogging with her AMAZING Daytime Family!!! She says that SHE is the LUCKY one! 😉

      We hope you keep checking back, Jayden … you KNOW Mrs. Renton will be publishing our CHICKEN post over the next couple of days!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

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