Discovering People and Processes
DAY 2 ACTIVITY
Learn about the process of making everyday items
Create a draft of your “My Global Connections Infographic”
Paper or notebook
Pencil, pen, or other writing tool
“Infographic Template” handout (optional)
We’re thinking about
“How do the things we use connect us to people and places around the world?”
Your challenge this week is to create a “My Global Connections Infographic” showing how the everyday items you consume connect you to distant people and places.
Let's Get Started!
Look back at the list of items you found in your home. Did you find a pencil? A phone? A T-shirt?
The items you found went through a process, starting with raw materials and ending up as a product you consume.
Look at the images on the left. They show an example of a process that starts with raw materials and ends when you use the product. The steps of this process are:
Take: Get raw material from the earth
Make: Make it into something new
Send: Get it to people who use it
Use: Buy or use it
the basic materials used to make other products
Let’s explore a process like the one described above.
Cacao trees grow in tropical locations with warm, wet climates.
Click on the map to the left to make it bigger. The colors show the countries where cacao trees grow.
Notice that these countries are mostly located on the continents of South America, Africa, and Asia (with a few spots in the southern part of North America). All of these spots are very far from your local store!
So, what is the process that brings chocolate to our local store?
Step 2: Make
The seeds are put in boxes so they get very hot. This stops the seeds from growing. They turn from white to brown.
Next, the seeds are spread out and dried. At this point, we call them cocoa beans.
Then, the beans are roasted at a high heat. They are taken from the shells, ground into a powder that will be heated and cooled to make a “mass” that will be turned into chocolate.
Pulling it all together:
Watch this video to learn more about the people and places behind the chocolate so many people enjoy!
Take another look around you and notice all the objects you use.
How do these connect you to people and places far away?
Are there connections you already knew about?
Are there connections that surprised you?
Are there any objects or items you’d like to add to the list of items you created?
Your challenge this week: Create a “My Global Connections Infographic” showing the way you are connected to people and places through the items you consume.
Today, you will use the information you’ve collected about your items to start creating your infographic.
a visual that uses images and words to communicate information quickly and clearly
Today, you will only create a sketch of your infographic using pencil.
Your infographic will show how the everyday items you consume connect you to distant people and places.
On a piece of paper, create a sketch in pencil of your “My Global Connections Infographic” (or use the “Infographic Template” handout if you like).
Once you've created your sketch, write down your thoughts and ideas after reading the sentence starters below:
My items connect me to people and places because…
Learning about these connections makes me wonder…
I noticed some similar things about my items, like...
For example: Do you notice that certain types of items come from certain places? Do you notice that certain continents provide more items than others? Are there any other patterns you notice in the information you found?
Remember to save your sketch! You’ll use it to create your final “My Global Connections Infographic.”