Cultures of the World

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The lesson introduces students to a few cultures of the world, in addition helps them learn about and respect other people’s cultures and beliefs.  The term culture is used often and many young students may not clearly understand the meaning of the word, and the characteristics of a given culture.  As students learn about different cultures, teachers may also include information about cultures that may not be part of the lesson, but are represented by the students in their classroom.

Cultures of the World Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Cultures of the World
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The informative lesson introduces students to a few cultures of the world, and helps them learn about and respect other people’s cultures and beliefs.  The term culture is defined in detail, along with related vocabulary like family, community, and society.  Specific cultures touched upon in the lesson include American, African, French, Chinese and Spanish.  Food, religion, and language are mentioned for each of these cultures, as well as other interesting facts and traditions.  Respect for all cultures and people is emphasized during the lesson.  Teachers are free to include information about cultures that may not be part of the lesson, but are represented by the students in their classroom.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:  

  1. Pair students. Distribute a blank sheet of paper to each student.  Ask the pairs of students to list differences between themselves and partner.  Tell them to think about everything they can see or not see, size of families, where they are from, etc.
  2. After a few minutes, allow responses and discussion. List and display some of the responses.  Next, ask the class:  What is the same about everyone in the class?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students:  Can people who are different from one another still live and work together peacefully?  How is it possible?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Explain to students, even though everyone is different in the room, they are all doing the same thing, learning at school, playing and working together.  Introduce Cultures of the World.
  5. Distribute Cultures of the World content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Circulate through the room to help students with some of the questions, or you may wish to read the questions orally during the activity.
  7. Once completed, discuss charts, questions, and students may share drawings.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Use the T-F statements to further teach students about culture.  Check and review the students’ responses.  Students correct the False statements.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: If you had to live in a different culture, or different part of the world, where would you choose to live and why?

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2,CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources: 

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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