Cultural Characteristics

Linlee Elementary School
Cari Wallace, Valerie Cornett, Lori Wiseman
2nd and 3rd Grade Level

Organizer:

How can studying the culture and society of foreign nations help us understand the similarities and differences among us and help us all get along?

Academic Expectations:

1.1 – Students use reference tools such as dictionaries, almanacs, encyclopedias, and computer reference programs and research tools such as interviews and surveys to find information they need to meet specific demands, explore interests, or solve specific problems.

1.16 – Students use computers and other kinds of technology to collect, organize, and communicate information and ideas

2.16 – Students observe, analyze and interpret human behaviors, social groupings, and institutions to better understand people and the relationships among individuals and among groups.

2.17 – Students interact effectively and work cooperatively with the many ethnic and cultural groups of our nation and world.

2.26 –Through the art and humanities, students recognize that although people are different, they share some common experiences and attitudes.

4.5 – Students demonstrate an understanding of, appreciation for, and sensitivity to a multicultural and world view.

Essential Questions:

1. What do I need to know about foreign nations to understand its culture (folktales, music, art, language, dress food, holidays, etc.)?

2. What do I need to know about foreign nations to understand its society?

3. How can knowledge of cultural differences help me to understand the problems that might occur between others and myself?

4. What are some conflict resolution skills that are needed to help me get along with others?

Culminating Performance:

Given one of the seven cultural characteristics (food, dress, art, music, language, literature and holidays), groups of students will demonstrate an understanding of that characteristic by preparing four slides that would be incorporated into a whole-class PowerPoint presentation to be shared with the community. The slides will be:

Slide 1: A title page

Slide 2: One example of a difference between two nations

Slide 3: Another example of a difference between two nations

Slide 4: Conflict/Resolution

Scoring Rubric

Score

Description

4

q Numerous resources with much variety

q All PowerPoint slides demonstrate in-depth understanding and strong effort

3

q Numerous resources with some variety

q Most PowerPoint slides demonstrate adequate understanding and good effort

2

q Limited resources and/or no variety

q Most PowerPoint slides demonstrate limited understanding and/or lack of effort

1

q Used only one resource

q Most PowerPoint slides are either incomplete, incorrect or contain irrelevant information

0

q No resources used

q No attempt at PowerPoint slides

 

Knowledge

Skills

· Cultural differences

· Conflict resolution

 

· Research skills

· Use of PowerPoint

· Note taking skills

· Organizational skills

· Comparing/Contrasting

· Use data to make inferences

· Keyboarding

 

Instructional Activities:

Reading literature from chosen nation throughout the unit study during Read Aloud and Silent Reading Time

Students have been given beginning PowerPoint lessons prior to starting unit

Day 1

Goal: Examine students’ background knowledge of cultural differences.

Activity: Students take a pre-test on the seven cultural differences and have a whole-class discussion of student responses.

Day 2

Goal: Provide a basic introduction of the country to be studied

Activity: Create folder with a map of the nation being studied, locate the country on the world map or globe, discuss climate in relation to the equator, make a K-W-H-L chart to place in folder.

Online Resources: Mexico and China

Day 3

Goal: Students will examine the written and spoken language of the cultures being studied.

Activities: Show examples of the written language, listen to tapes of the spoken language, explore the country’s websites. Create a Venn diagram or a T chart to compare and contrast the foreign culture’s language and our language.

Day 4

Goal: Students will examine the dress of the cultures being studied.

Activities: Students will examine types of clothing using various resources, for example books, magazines, Internet sites, software; teacher dresses the part; segments of videos and television programs.

Day 5

Goal: Students will examine the food of the cultures being studied.

Activities: Students will examine types of food using various resources, for example books, magazines, Internet sites, software; segments of videos and television programs; menus from restaurants; make menus with Publisher; bring in samples of foods (domestic and imported).

Day 6

Goal: Students will examine the music and dance of the cultures being studied.

Activities: Collaborate with music teacher; students will examine types of music using various resources, for example books, magazines, Internet sites, software; segments of videos and television programs (KET); find examples of instruments and typical dances; national anthem

Day 7 - 8

Goal: Students will examine the art of the cultures being studied.

Activities: Collaborate with art teacher; students will examine types of art using various resources, for example books, magazines, Internet sites, software; segments of videos and television programs; discuss famous artists and examples of prints; decorations and home décor.

Day 9 - 10

Goal: Students will examine the holidays of the cultures being studied.

Activities: Internet search; Venn diagram; highlight a holiday unique to that country

Day 11

Goal: Students will examine the literature of the cultures being studied.

Activities: Collaborate with librarian; comparing folk tales, fables, stories, fairy tales, poems using a graphic organizer

Day 12

Goal: Students will reflect on what they have learned and still want to know about the seven cultural characteristics.

Activity: Complete K-W-H-L chart and formulate questions for Guest Speaker

Day 13

Goal: Students present their questions and have them answered by a guest speaker

Activity: Guest speaker

Day 14 - End

Goal: Students will complete the Culminating Performance

Activities:

v Explain Culminating Performance and review Rubric

v Assign students to seven groups, one for each cultural characteristic

v Collect information from various sources

v Organize information on story board

v Transfer information to PowerPoint presentation

v Share PowerPoint presentation i.e. student-led conferences, multicultural fair, open house, other classes, school assembly, morning announcements

Critical Resources:

Internet Site Resources:

q China in the 20th century: http://lightspan.com/common/pages/linkOut5.asp?_prod=LS&loc=www.mrdowling.com%2F

q Pinyin languague-how it is written and how it sounds: http://lightspan.com/common/pages/linkOut5.asp?_prod=LS&loc=www.mrdowling.com%2F

q Chinese artist: http://www.gibus.com/day/wednesday.html

q Chinese Artist and do not use screensaver: http://www.artscenechina.com/

q http://www.kiku.com/electric_samurai/virtual_china/index.html

q Pictures of china regions: http://www.discovery.com/stories/history/greatwall/greatwall.html

q Pictures of the Great Wall: http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3614/

q Chinese calligraphy as art: http://www.isaacnet.com/culture/papercut.htm

q Chinese papercuts: http://webexhibits.org/calendars/calendar-chinese.html

q Chinese calendar: http://www.educ.uvic.ca/faculty/mroth/438/CHINA/chinese_new_year.html

q Chinese New Year info:

q http://media.maps.com/magellan/Images/CHINA-W1.gif

q China map: http://library.thinkquest.org/18802/

q Language/global gazette: http://library.thinkquest.org/18802/gazette.htm

q What is culture?: http://library.thinkquest.org/18802/gazette.htm

q Chinese New Year facts: http://www.chinatoday.com/

q Tour of china: http://www.xiandong.com/

q Journey through China: http://www.chinapage.org/readpoem.html

q Poetry readings in Chinese: http://www.chinapage.com/english-chinese.html

q Chinese words translated into English, most popular names: http://www.chinapage.com/painting/redcliff.html

q Example painting: http://www.chinapage.com/sitemap5.html

q Classical Chinese stories: http://www.chinapage.com/painting.html

q Chinese paintings gallery: http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/xmas/xmasworldlinks.html

q A variety of links with information for Christmas celebrations around the world: http://www.inside-mexico.com/anthem.htm

q Mexico’s National Anthem in Spanish and English: http://www.inside-mexico.com/mapamexico.htm

q A full colorized map of Mexico: http://www.inside-mexico.com/calendar.htm

q A list of all holidays celebrated in Mexico: http://www.inside-mexico.com/flag.htm

q A color version of Mexico’s flag and what each part represents: http://www.elbalero.gob.mx/kids/index_kids.html

q A great site for kids on all parts of Mexican culture: http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/xmas/xmasworldlinks.html

q A variety of links with information for Christmas celebrations around the world: http://www.inside-mexico.com/anthem.htm

q Mexico’s National Anthem in Spanish and English: http://www.inside-mexico.com/mapamexico.htm

q A full colorized map of Mexico: http://www.inside-mexico.com/calendar.htm

q A list of all holidays celebrated in Mexico: http://www.inside-mexico.com/flag.htm

q A color version of Mexico’s flag and what each part represents: http://www.elbalero.gob.mx/kids/index_kids.html

q Yahooligan.com: Find out about cultures in other countries: http://www.yahooligans.com/Around_the_World/Countries/

q Mexican Holidays: http://www.kidlink.org/KIDPROJ/MCC/getmcc.cgi?querytype=match&infotype=country&keyword=Mexico

q Mexican Newsletter: http://www.inside-mexico.com/MNewsletter.htm

q Mexican Art ***Note to teachers, all content is not appropriate for children. Print out copies of what you want!!!!: http://www.diegorivera.com/gallery/index.html

q Translations: http://translator.go.com/

q Translator Alligator: http://www.funbrain.com/lang/index.html

q Newspapers from around the world: http://www.oberoi-net.com/newspapr.html#canada


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