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MATERIAL WORLDWhat if you stacked all your possessions in front of your house?


By Peter Menzel. Twelve posters show families—in front of their homes, with all of their belongings—in Bhutan, Cuba, Iceland, Japan, Kuwait, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Samoa, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States. The curriculum guide includes a PowerPoint® presentation (with 4–6 slides corresponding to each poster) that helps students "read" each detailed photograph, draw inferences, compare and contrast, and make generalizations about our "material world." The guide also supplies critical thinking questions and reading strategies. In an exclusive DVD interview complemented by rare footage and photographs, Menzel and his partner, Faith D' Aluisio, share their unique perspectives on health, sustainability, world cultures, globalization, and journalism that matters. The related paperback provides more details about the social and economic conditions of each family, as well as lessons on world cultures, geography, and economics. Aligns with Common Core State Standards. 17"w x 22"h. Social Studies School Service. Revised edition. ©2007.

Sample images from the poster set

Sample pages from the curriculum guide

Sample slides from the PowerPoint®

QuantityOrder CodeISBNMedia/ContentPrice5 or more Price
ZP675-WBSSS COMPLETE KIT: 12 posters, curriculum guide with PowerPoint® presentation, DVD, paperback $180.30
ZP219-WBSSS 9781560045779 12 posters $69.95
ZP221-WBSSS 9781560042945 Curriculum guide with PowerPoint® presentation $59.95
ZP221E-WBSSS Downloadable curriculum guide (zip file; 82.5 MB) $59.95
ZP613DV-WBSSS 9781560046806 DVD $29.95
RH110-WBSSS 9780871564306 Paperback $29.95$26.95 (5 or more)

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