Reflect on the biggest challenges facing the world, and learn about the Sustainable Development Goals as a collaborative global effort in addressing these challenges.
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness.
Guide students through a “think-pair-share” discussion about the following questions:
Students should take a few minutes to quietly think about their answers, and then discuss their answers with another classmate. Bring everyone together in a group discussion to share their thoughts.
Students’ responses can be recorded on sticky notes and placed on a wall where everyone can see them, or added to a digital board by using a tool such as Google Jamboard or Padlet.
Then, facilitate a live virtual exchange, or use Flipgrid, to invite students to share their ideas with your Empatico partner class. Encourage them to reflect on the similarities and differences between the challenges that they identified, and what they can learn about both communities from these challenges.
Watch the two videos below with your students to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals, which offer a new plan for the world in which we all work together in a global partnership to fight inequality and injustice, end poverty and hunger, tackle climate change, and much more.
Then, display the image below of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. To create the Global Goals, 193 countries came together to agree on a list of challenges that we need to solve in order to make our world a better place for everyone.
Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions:
This activity was created in partnership with the World’s Largest Lesson.