I have wanted to incorporate the U.N.'s Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible for a long time in my classes and I finally found a way! In my AP class, we are starting a unit with the movie También la lluvia (I use LOTS of resources from Arianne Dowd). There are many themes and many layers in that movie, but one of the most important themes is the importance of WATER. So, I decided to have my students delve into Objetivo de Desarrollo Sostenible #6: Agua Limpia y Saneamiento.
But first, I wanted them to learn about what ALL 17 of the ODS are, so they read a bit (p. 1 here), watched the video below, and wrote what the objetivos were:
Then, we had a short class discussion about what goals they thought were most important and why... that is a challenge!
Then, we got ready to play the board game that the UN has developed (found here). I learned about this board game from Leslie Davison at iFLT in 2018 and I was so happy to finally use it. Thanks Leslie!
I knew there would be some words they didn't know and/or needed to review, so they did a 4 minute Gimkit with these words. After that, I gave them a paper copy for quick reference (which they hardly used!). Then, finally, students played the board game and it was excellent! They really enjoyed it and learned a lot. They played in groups of 3 for about 35-40 minutes.
The goals of playing the game were these:
- Escuchar atentamente
- Hablar con tus compañeros sobre el mundo
- Aprender sobre los ODS de la ONU
- Aprender sobre el mundo
- Repasar y/o adquirir "Vocabulario AP”
Board for game
Sample cards for game
We adapted the suggested game rules a bit. Students had to answer a questions correctly first, then roll the die and then move.
Next, students will delve into Objetivo de Desarrollo Sostenible #6. See pages 3-8 for what they will do. Two things in particular that I am loving recently are the Project Zero Thinking Routines: See, Think, Wonder and Word, Phrase Sentence.
Students will do the Word, Phrase, Sentence activity a couple of times, once with this video. After they do that, they share with a partner or group of 3 and each group shares out their best Word, Phrase and Sentences. It is such a simple, but deep way to start to talk about texts or videos.
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