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Teach SDGs Global Goals WebQuest: Home


More about the Author

My name is Erin Solheim.  I am a teacher-librarian with Omaha Public Schools.  I manage a library and teach students in grades K-6.  I'm highly interested in technology integration and making sure that students have the tools and knowledge necessary to be successful. 

You can connect with me online here:

image: the world

Change the world with the
Global Goals for Sustainable Development!


Like every teacher, I want to change the world and inspire students to do the same.  That's what brought me to the World's Greatest Lesson.

video:  Emma Watson introduces the World's Largest Lesson 2016

The United Nations Global Goals websites have a multitude of resources that can be used in a teaching capacity.  I have collected many of these resources to provide a basis for this WebQuest.

Do you want to change the world?  Click the Resources tab to learn how!

About Symbaloo

Screenshot of the Symbaloo Lesson Plan log-in page.

​image: Symbaloo Lesson Plan log-in page

What is a Symbaloo Lesson Plan?  

Symbaloo Lesson Plan is an experiment in blended learning and gamification.  Lesson plans are stored in the Symbaloo Marketplace and can be shared with other teachers.

How does it work?

Students, independently or with teacher assistance, complete the activities in sequence.  There is even the opportunity for true/false, multiple choice, and short answer questions.  I really like that there are assessment pieces embedded and that students can move at their own pace using resources right in the lesson plan!  Here's a tutorial I found on YouTube showing how to create an account and get started:

To start the Symbaloo:

Also, to get started with this WebQuest, you do not have to create your own Symbaloo account.  You can just borrow the one I've already created.  However, if you want to be able to see student answers, you can copy this Symbaloo to your own teacher account.

Immediately click the "Start" button on the bottom of the page!

How to start a Symbaloo Lesson Plan: Click start.

​image: Click start to begin the Symbaloo Lesson Plan.

Click "Continue" to walk through other parts of the lesson.

Read the directions at the top of the screen. Track your progress at the bottom of the screen.

​image: Read the directions on the top of the screen.  And track your progress at the bottom.

Notes to the Teachers

This research unit is meant for students in grades 3-5+, however it can be adjusted to work with any grade level. 

In my school's pacing guides, 5th graders get to do an inquiry unit in which they get to choose their own topics.  I have formed this WebQuest with 5th grade in mind.  The 5th grade teachers have always found that if they let students pick literally any topic is too much unstructured for students.  They end up not knowing where to start.  So, in the dual goal of getting students engaged in inquiry while also introducing them to the UN Global Goals, this project was born!

Note:  Students will not be able to work completely independently through the whole unit just on the Symbaloo Lesson Plan.  There are several activities where the graphic organizer is provided in the Symbaloo Lesson plan that students would either need to recreate on lined paper or printed off for student use.  Keep this in mind while utilizing these resources.

Other Global Goals Projects

In Omaha Public Schools, teachers are working on a variety of United Nations #GlobalGoals projects.  See how they align with the ISTE standards.  Get inspired!


I've embedded this Smore newsletter from the Omaha Public Schools technology trainers' websites.  However, it may be easier to view on it's own tab.  Click here to view the newsletter more simply.

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