Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

Goats for Uzbekistan

Contributed by Pam Su'a, Social Studies/World Languages Administrator, Jordan School District

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Working with a sixth grade class in Utah to help them figure out "solutions to current issues" as required by our state social studies standards, our class wanted to do more than collect cans or pick up trash. The 11-year olds thought they could really figure out how to help someone if they knew who needed their help. We set them up via keypals with a class of students in a small, outlying village in Uzbekistan. (Very often Fortune 500 companies donate computers to third world countries to help students.) After several sessions of emailing back and forth to find out what life was like in both countries, the Uzbekistani students told us that they were experiencing a drought and having a difficult time surviving. It seems they were hungry a lot and nursing mothers were so tired from walking far to bring water into their homes, babies were getting thinner. Everyone was cranky, thirsty, and hungry all the time.
Our class brainstormed ideas. We found Heifers International, a great international company that will send farm animals anywhere in the world. Our Utah students did all kinds of fund raisers--sold T-shirts, chocolate and pizza and earned enough to buy 6 goats to send to their friends. Several months later, we were able to Skype with the little Uzbekistan school. There were the smiling students--and the six goats (each named after a member of our class, their new Utah friends). The addition of the goats had helped the whole village. They were happy, we were happy. Most of all, the 6th grade class realized what a difference young students can make in the world.
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Social studies students learning about the world, realized they are part of a bigger culture than just Utah. They began to think differently about themselves as change agents and forward-moving forces.

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Goats for Uzbekistan

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Social studies students learning about the world, realized they are part of a bigger culture than just Utah. They began to think differently about themselves as change agents and forward-moving forces.

Description

Working with a sixth grade class in Utah to help them figure out "solutions to current issues" as required by our state social studies standards, our class wanted to do more than collect cans or pick up trash. The 11-year olds thought they could really figure out how to help someone if they knew who needed their help. We set them up via keypals with a class of students in a small, outlying village in Uzbekistan. (Very often Fortune 500 companies donate computers to third world countries to help students.) After several sessions of emailing back and forth to find out what life was like in both countries, the Uzbekistani students told us that they were experiencing a drought and having a difficult time surviving. It seems they were hungry a lot and nursing mothers were so tired from walking far to bring water into their homes, babies were getting thinner. Everyone was cranky, thirsty, and hungry all the time.
Our class brainstormed ideas. We found Heifers International, a great international company that will send farm animals anywhere in the world. Our Utah students did all kinds of fund raisers--sold T-shirts, chocolate and pizza and earned enough to buy 6 goats to send to their friends. Several months later, we were able to Skype with the little Uzbekistan school. There were the smiling students--and the six goats (each named after a member of our class, their new Utah friends). The addition of the goats had helped the whole village. They were happy, we were happy. Most of all, the 6th grade class realized what a difference young students can make in the world.

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Pam Su'a

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Pam Su'a, Social Studies/World Languages Administrator, Jordan School District

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