Global Citizen Passport Club
The Global Citizen Passport club
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Students at Boones Ferry Primary School have an exciting optional enrichment program called The Global Citizen Passport Club. Each participating child receives a passport, chooses an individual level of study, and collects “stamps” for their passport as she/he learns some or all of the world’s countries over the course of the school year. Our Global Citizen Passport Club, also known as The Passport Club at other schools nationwide, has multiple resources online at www.passportclubonline.com, Pinterest, and Facebook. This program is dependent on parent and guardian involvement at home and at school.
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The Global Citizen Passport Club Level Explanations
Level One: This is an “introductory level” for any student who wants to focus on five countries per month. Typically, first graders start at this level. Most of the Level One countries are large and fairly well known or are significant in some way such as Panama for the canal. Students will learn a total of 40 countries by year’s end, plus the seven continents learned in September.
Level Two: This “intermediate level” involves ten countries per month. This is most commonly done in second grade. Level Two teaches the location of 80 countries plus the seven continents and three great oceans.
Level Three: This “advanced intermediate level” involves fifteen countries per month, (except September and December), or 115 countries and island groupings. This level will have some of the lesser known countries and island groupings. It also includes the continents, plus four oceans, two seas, the Equator, and the Prime Meridian. It is most often used by third graders.
Level Four: At this challenging “expert level” students will learn all the independent nations over the course of the school year. Twenty-five countries are studied each month (with the exception of September and December). In addition, students learn the continents, oceans, seas, bays, gulfs, Oceania, the Equator, and the Prime Meridian. Students at this level are encouraged to complete “special itinerary” projects to earn stamps at the back of their passports representing extra effort on geography-related projects.
Level Five: At this very challenging level students learn all the countries in Levels one through four, plus the locations and pronunciations of the corresponding capital cities for all the countries in level one. They also learn major deserts and mountain ranges. This level also focuses on exploring the countries they have learned. Students who achieve Level Five and want to focus on “Level Five Geo-Wiz” status are required to complete at least ten Special Itinerary projects during the school year. Locating all the U.S. states and capitals is encouraged at this level. There are many choices of geography-related projects and students have the entire school year to complete them.
Parents/Guardians should talk to their child and decide the appropriate level of study for this school year. Most students remain in the same level all year, however, the program can accommodate upward or downward movement mid-year. For example, if a student has been ill and wants to move down a level, or a student has gained confidence and decides to move up a level, then he/she can be checked on a different level that month. Participating students will be given one new level appropriate map each month to study from and one blank “refrigerator” map for continuous year-long study. Maps will be color-coded according to their level of difficulty. Students are encouraged to use their free time in class and at home to study their maps. You may want to make this a family challenge! Learning the locations and pronunciations of the world’s countries is an important starting point in understanding our world. The Global Citizen Passport Club is an effective and fun way to help achieve geographic literacy. Help us give our children the world!