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 extracted from the Earth and ending up as a product you consume.
The images on the left describe the process of turning raw materials into products. The steps of this process include:
Extract: Get raw materials from the earth
Produce: Make it into a product
Distribute: Get the product to the people who will use it
Consume: Buy or use the product
the basic materials used to make other products
Let’s explore a process like the one described above.
Cacao trees grow in tropical locations, which have warm and humid climates.
Click on the map to the left to make it bigger. The countries labeled with colors indicate 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).
So what is the process that brings chocolate to our local store?
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Step 1: Extract
Harvesting from the cacao tree involves cutting the ripe pods with knives on long poles. This is difficult and delicate work, as farmers need to take care not to damage other flowers or buds on the tree. The harvested cacao pods are then cut open to reveal white, mushy seeds.
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Step 2: Produce
The seeds are processed. There are many steps involved and it takes many days.
The first step is fermentation, where the seeds are put in boxes so they get very hot. This stops the seeds from growing. This is when seeds turn from white to brown.
Next, the seeds are spread out to dry. They can lose up to half their weight in this part of the process! At this point, we call them cocoa beans.
Then, the beans are roasted at a high temperature to kill any bacteria. They are separated from the shells, ground into powder, and then heated and cooled to make a ”mass;” this thick liquid is the basis for all chocolate products.
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Step 3: Distribute
It gets transported by ship to factories all over the world to be made into chocolate, which will be packaged and distributed.
Think of all the people involved in getting chocolate to you, from the crew on the ship, to the workers loading and unloading the cargo, to the people in the factories.
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Step 4: Consume
Finally, the chocolate is packaged into your favorite varieties of candy bars and distributed to retail stores, where consumers buy it.
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.”
How has globalization impacted physical places around the world?
How has globalization impacted cultures around the world?