My MFA graphic design graduate thesis is North Pole South Pole, fun and engaging resources that can be integrated into current school curriculum that inspires kids to recognize global connections in their everyday lives. These materials are based off of the current Ohio learning standards in social studies for both first and second grade.
The resources include four picture books, flashcards, posters and an iPad app. The picture books introduce kids to everyday experiences and environments around the world. One-on-one comparisons are used to show both similarities and differences between Ohio and other countries. The flashcards introduce everyday items from different cultures with a focus on vocabulary and pronunciation.
I spent time visiting an elementary school in Dublin, Ohio interviewing students as well as prototyping and testing the resources in a first grade class.