Introduction to Who Are Our Partners? Curriculum
Welcome to an adventure in global partnership, where your RE class will discover how Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists around the world live and practice their faith! Through stories and games, this 6-week curriculum provides a fun and interactive way for children to learn the history of Unitarian churches all around the world, and discover what life is like in these many varied places. So grab your passport and come travel with this exciting curriculum!
The "Who Are Our Partners?" curriculum can be taught in as few as four weeks, or can be expanded to six weeks or more.
The Introductory Lesson is entitled Our Partners Around the World.
There are six possible "Traveling Lessons" where you choose to "visit" Transylvania, Khasi Hills of India, Philippines, Czech Republic, or Britain, and explore the customs and religious beliefs of each UU or Unitarian community by playing a board game, learning about the UU founders and eating a traditional snack. We suggest teachers use an old, large, interesting suitcase for dramatic effect, pulling out props throughout the lesson as needed and keeping the participants passports safe, as a real trip leader would do.
The Mid-way Lesson, What Is Partnership, gives you a break from the game format and introduces the idea of partnership.
If your congregation is in North America we suggest saving Our Partners in the United States/Canada until last.
Sample 4-week curriculum
Sample 6-week curriculum
|LESSON 1: Introduction - "Our Partners Around the World"||LESSON 1: "Our Partners Around the World"|
|LESSON 2: Travel Lesson - Transylvania||LESSON 2: Travel Lesson - Transylvania|
|LESSON 3: Mid-way Lesson - "What is Partnership"||LESSON 3: Travel Lesson - Khasi Hills of India|
|LESSON 4: Concluding Lesson - US/Canada||LESSON 4: Mid-way Lesson - "What is Partnership"|
|LESSON 5: Travel Lesson - Philippines|
|LESSON 6: Concluding Lesson - US/Canada|
Here is some information you will need and some helpful advice to get you started. We recommend the following set of volunteers to help you provide this curriculum:
- Coordinator: this person's job is to recruit the team members, organize and encourage their work.
- Teachers: ideally, a team of three teachers, two of whom are at each lesson and a set of rotating teachers’ helpers. Or you could do this with the same one teacher each week assisted by rotating helpers. It all depends upon how large your class is. Your partner church committee members may be eager to take turns serving as a teachers’ helper and snack provider.
- Printer: someone with access to a color as well as black and white printer that can print on both regular paper and card stock, or who will take the files to Staples or Kinkos to be printed.
- Paper Cutters and Games Assembly Team to make multiple copies of the games (you will need 1 game board for every 4-6 students) for the traveling lessons. A work party of your Partner Church Committee and DYI Friends would accomplish this well. It is definitely too much for one person to do!
- Picture taker: someone with a camera and color printer who will take and print passport pictures (see passport page for the correct size) at the first lesson and continue to make more during later lessons for any late joiners.
- Cooks to buy or make and deliver snacks for the traveling lessons. (see #2 above)
Also helpful, but not absolutely required:
- Anyone who speaks the languages of the partners and/or has visited there and brought back souvenirs and photos.
- A good song teacher to help the class learn "Under One Sky" with its new partnership words (first used in Lesson #2)
For assembling the game, you will need:
- card stock paper (81/2” X 11”) in a light, neutral color
- sharp scissors
- matte knife
- a paper cutter
- a laminating machine if available
- contact paper
- scotch tape
- 3-hole punch
During the curriculum, you will need:
- A small, interesting suitcase or large backpack, to contain the curriculum
- 7 pocket folders with fasteners, one for each of the Travel Lessons, and one for introductory materials and lessons 1 and 5. It helps to have each one be a different color.
- For each travel lesson, 2 file folders, in colors to match the lesson folder, if possible. Or, 4 sheets of colored card stock or poster board may be used, but the file folders are easier. These are the backing for the game boards.
- At least 15 feet of clear contact paper—2 11-12” strips the width of a roll are needed for each game board. If you are not able to laminate the game cards, you’ll need about another 50’ clear contact to protect both sides of each card. If your church doesn’t have a laminating machine, check to see if a school teacher has access to one and could laminate the cards for you.
- Dice—one for each game board needed during a session
- Playing pieces — these can be pieces from a commercial game, one for each participant in sets of four or six, if six people are going to play at each board. Monopoly or Parcheesi pieces work well, or you could use any different colored small items. For some of the countries you may be able to collect sets of four (or six) different coins from that county’s money,
- A world map is helpful, as is a resource for knowing the time zones of different cities and countries
Downloading the Curriculum
Dowload the Complete Curriculum, which includes ALL lessons, game boards, and supporting materials for every country. DOWNLOAD Complete Curriculum
Download individual lessons, country games and lesson plans to customize your curriculum. Each country lesson contains a founder's story, snack recipe and country-specific guided imagery.
Opening Lesson: “Our Partners Around the World”
Mid-way Lesson: "What is Partnership?"
Country "Traveling" Lessons
- Transylvania Game Board • Customs Cards • Beliefs Cards • Lesson Plan • map
- Khasi Hills Game Board • Customs Cards • Beliefs Cards • Lesson Plan • map
- Philippines Game Board • Customs Cards • Beliefs Cards • Lesson Plan • map
- Czech Republic Game Board • Customs & Beliefs Cards • Lesson Plan • map
- Britain Game Board • Customs & Beliefs Cards • Lesson Plan • map
- North America Game Board • Customs Cards • Beliefs Cards • Lesson Plan (Canada) • Lesson Plan (US) • map
You will also need:
- Sample parent letter
- Words to Under One Sky, adapted for this curriculum (enough to share for singing)
- Stickers for passports
Game Printing and Assembly Instructions
For each of the traveling lessons games you are making you will need to print the following card stock:
- Game board (print in color on card stock): four pages, each 8.5 x 11 inches will be glued together to make each board. Print as many as boards you think you will need. Plan 4 to 6 participants per game board.
- Game flaps (numbered 1-20) to attach to each game board along the path from start to finish (print in color on card stock)
- Beliefs & Practices cards (print in color on card stock)
- Customs cards (print in color on card stock)
To assemble the game boards:
- Trim and tape the 4 sections (4 pages) of the game board together using clear scotch tape on the seams on both front and back of the board, leaving enough of a gap that the board can be folded on the tape seams without folding the board itself.
Cut the numbered flaps out using a paper cutter. Place them on the game steps along the path. (Each symbol relates to the step below it.) Using a short piece of tape as a hinge, tape each flap to the game board at the top, so they lift easily. If you prefer the game to be especially neat looking, trim around each flap with scissors before you tape it onto the board.
- Detailed instructions for mounting and laminating the game (if desired) are here.
Using the paper cutter cut out the game cards. You will have two sets of cards for each lesson: Beliefs and Practices Cards, and Custom Cards. Both sets are numbered, because they will be drawn in order beginning with #1. Be sure to keep the two sets (Beliefs/Practices, and Customs) separate. The two card sets are numbered and will be set word-side down on the board in a pile with the #1 card on top so it is drawn first. A good way to store them is with a rubber band holding each set in a stack, in order.
Once all the cards are cut out, laminate them or cover each side with contact paper. It will be fastest to cover them with the contact paper before cutting the cards apart. When cutting the cards check carefully on both sides to be sure you are not cutting off any words or picture.
Passport Stickers: Print out the passport stickers on label sheets. Cut them apart and add them to each country’s folder. It’s convenient to store them in a small sealable baggie along with 4-6 game markers.
Credits and Acknowledgements
Who Are Our Partners Around the World?
A UU Partner Church Council Curriculum
by Betsy Hill Williams
The following advisors have collaborated on this project:
- Gretchen Thomas (the UUPCC RE Materials Group chair and field test coordinator)
- Darihun Khriam, Nangroi Suting (for the Khasi Hills lesson)
- Ruth Gibson (for the Transylvania and Partnership lessons)
- Pat Hoertdoerfer (for the Khasi Hills and North America lessons)
- Jory Agate and Rebecca Quimada Sienes (for the Philippines lesson)
- David Room (for web site and downloading expertise)