Planting seeds of global literacy.
The Passport Club functions primarily as a school-wide geography enrichment program. It could also be piloted in an individual classroom, at a grade level, or as a club before or after school. It is a great fit for school-wide Gifted and Talented programming because of the built-in differentiation within the levels of difficulty and independent study projects.
The Passport Club was developed for teachers by teachers. We understand the demands of the classroom so our goal is to make it easy for you to incorporate global education into your existing curriculum without spending a lot of time.
Students are issued a passport at the start of the school year. They have five levels to choose from, beginning with the introductory Level One, and going up to the “Geo Whiz” Level Five. If they choose Level One, students will learn 40 countries and the seven continents by the end of the school year. If they choose Level Five, they will learn all of the world’s countries plus forty capital cities, the continents, oceans, seas, deserts, and mountain ranges. Students are strongly encouraged to complete special geography-related projects during the year.
At the end of each month, students are checked by parent, grandparent or community volunteers and receive "stamps" in their passports from some of the countries they have learned. They get a new study map with different countries for the next month and the process is repeated. Teachers agree that the program is most successful if it is mandatory for all students and if ten minutes are taken in class twice a week for study. The program improves with age. After the first year, students receive both new and review material every month.