Cultures of the World By: Stefanie Stanley & Ricky Terrell ED 417 Cultures of the World Social Studies People in Societies Grade: 1st Cultures of the World Objectives Learn about one’s own culture Compare and contrast cultures focusing on food, clothing, shelter and language Describe family and community customs and traditions Understand life in other countries regarding family roles, men, woman and children. Identify cultural practices through music created by people living in that culture. Activity #1 Family culture and traditions Objective: Learn about one’s own culture. Materials Needed: Paper Scissors Family Interview notes Markers/colored pencils/crayons Activity #1 Family culture and traditions Students will interview one family member of choice and ask about their family traditions and important parts of their culture. In class students will draw and cut out themselves. In their cutout, student will write three-five things they learned about their family (holidays celebrated, traditions) After the students have completed their cutout, all the cut outs will be placed together on the wall for all the students to see. Students then should write in their journals about the different cultures in their class. Activity #2 Cultural Food Objective: Students will compare and contrast foods from different cultures. Materials: Book on cultural food (introduction) Food from at least three-five different cultures Paper plates Napkins Forks journals Activity #2 Cultural Food Students will taste each food from different culture. If student refuses to taste, ask if they will smell the food. In student’s journals, students will write the similarities they taste or smell from their food and the differences. Students can discuss with other students whether or not they have had this food before. Activity # 3 Folk Music & Dance Objective: Identify culture practices through music made by a person in that culture. Materials: Music from different cultures(tape, CD or person performing) CD/Tape Player Mexican Japanese Brazilian Activity # 3 Folk Music & Dance Students will be introduced to new types of music/instruments. Along with the music student will also learn and watch a dance that goes along with the music. Students will perform different dances culture. Also playing instruments and singing songs. Activity # 4 Books & Read Aloud Objective: Understand life in other countries, regarding the roles of men, women and children Materials: Books describing different culture focusing on the family. A variety of books so each child may have one to read during silent reading time. Activity # 4 Books & Read Alouds Teacher will read a book to the whole class on one certain culture. During silent reading time, students will choose a different book on culture to read. After silent reading time, students will write in their journals about what they have learned about the culture they read. Students will make connections to previous journal entries about their culture and others. Books about Culture Ages: 4-8 Activity # 5 Parade Objective: Describe family, local or global customs and traditions Materials Cloth Paper Scissors Buttons Ribbons Glue Activity # 5 Parade Students will look back in their journals over all the cultures they have wrote about. Students will then choose one culture to describe by making clothing from that culture. The cultures can be their own or one studied. Students will then line up and have a parade through the school. Students will make one last journal entry about how it felt to be in that culture and what aspects they enjoyed the most.
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