What Does It Mean To Be Global?


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What does it mean to be global?

Start this important conversation in your home or classroom with the help of Rana DiOrio’s book, What Does it Mean to be Global? Through simple text and beautiful illustrations, young learners will discover that being global means being a citizen of the world.

Literature Discussion Guide

This book doesn’t have page numbers, so for the purpose of this post I am going to refer to the two-page spread after the title page as pages 1 and 2 and go from there.  (Page 2 is “Does it mean having a globe? No.”).  You can also view/listen to the book on YouTube.

Introduce the title and share the cover of the book.  Ask students what they think it means to be global.  

Pages 1-6  Identify the ways the kids on page 6 are being global. What are some other ways to learn about the world?

p.7  Practice the different ways to say “Hello”- in English, Greenlandic, French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Hebrew, Swahili, Portuguese, and Spanish. Do you know any other ways to say “Hello?”

p. 8  Identify different types of instruments in the illustration. Can you name others?

p. 9 & 10  Guess where these places are. Cite the clues that helped you.

p. 11  What foods do you recognize?

p. 12 – 14   What symbols and traditions/celebrations are represented in these pictures? What other cultural traditions do you know?

p. 15  Name some characteristics that create diversity.

p. 16  What character traits do you think are important to be a good global citizen?

p. 17  What are the symbols of respect in this picture? Share other ways that you show respect.

p. 18  In addition to the two ideas shown on this page, what other ways can you provide service to others?

p. 19  This sentence ties back to the title question. Stop and discuss what students have learned.

p. 20  This is a great page filled with important vocabulary. For additional practice, see the activity suggestions below.

p. 21  & 22  Identify the ways these people are being global.

p. 23 & 24  Discuss the meaning and impact of the last sentence, “If we can all be global, our world will be even more interesting and exciting!”


  • Little Pickle Press, the publisher, offers three fabulous lesson plans to supplement the book and its message. Project 1 – Food and Taste as a Global Exploration; Project 2 – Music and Dance as a Global Exploration; and Project 3 – World Languages as a Global Exploration. Each project includes background information, objectives, a focal activity with guiding questions, a classroom activity, an extension activity and a community project.  In addition, there are character building connections and additional online resources!! Get your FREE Download What Does It Mean To Be Global – Projects.
  • The vocabulary words on page 20 are so important for kids to understand. Display the page so the class can see the words and definitions, and discuss each one in-depth.  Share examples and role-play situations to help students make connections.
  • Reinforce the vocabulary with this partner game: Each student folds a piece of paper into sixths, then cuts along the fold lines – making six rectangles from each sheet of paper (for a total set of 12 rectangle cards per partner group). Each partner group writes the six words and six definitions on their set of 12 cards. They turn the cards face down on the table and mix them up. Then, taking turns, they turn over two cards. If the word and definition match, the player keeps those cards. If they don’t match, it is the other player’s turn. Play until all cards are matched. The player with the most cards is the winner.
  • Listen to the “What Does It Mean To Be Global” song.

  • Create a class mural, “Ways to Be Global.”
  • Begin a “Hello” poster to display different ways to say hello, and use it as a reference for morning greetings throughout the year.
  • Narrative Writing Prompt: Describe a near and a far place you have traveled to. Explain why it was special to you. Add illustrations. Share in small groups.
  • Expository Writing Prompt: What does it mean to be global? Answer this question in paragraph form. Include a topic sentence, supporting details, and a conclusion that ties it all together.

This wonderful book is also available in French and Spanish!

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