Argentinian Culture Teacher Resources
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Mini-Unit Topic: Hispanic Cultures
Fifth graders focus on customs and celebrations of a particular Hispanic culture, and also participate in a constructivist science lesson where they try to re-create the atmosphere of a South American rain forest. Students also make a papier-mâché piñata and understand the uses for the piñata in Hispanic culture by making a piñata, listening to a story of how it is used in the Mexican National celebration called the Posada, and discussing other uses of the piñata.
American Culture in a Musical Setting
Students discover the significance of similarities and contrasts of three separate cultures of the United States through music. They take out maps and trace the expedition of the Spanish along the coasts of Mexico and North and South America and the Caribbean Islands.
Economic Crisis in Argentina
Students investigate the history, people, and the economy of Argentina. They complete a Webquest, explore various websites, answer discussion questions, and identify and read newspaper articles about local businesses that export goods to other countries.
World Cultures International Party
In this world cultures worksheet, students learn about cultural differences between people from different countries. Students read 12 short briefs about how people from different countries greet people, use body language, and talk in casual conversation. Then students ask and write down responses about cultural differences among people in the class.
Students explore the benefits and drawbacks of free trade from the perspective of the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile and Mexico. For homework, they each write a letter to the editor expressing their personal viewpoint on trade.
Seas of Grass
Learners view a video clip about grasslands. They identify threats to grasslands and describe cultures which have adapted to grassland conditions. They discuss possible solutions to preserve grasslands as well.
Students are introduced to Mexico's culture, people, language and celebration of traditions. They develop their own Cultural Report Slide Show and are encouraged to do several activities on this topic.
Argentina: Explore Latin America
This is a really neat worksheet! Kids click on each of the provided links to answer each of 11 questions. They'll discover geographical, demographic, environmental, and cultural facts about Latin America. They'll even learn to write Mayan numbers. Tip: A great resource to send home over a break.
Geography of South America
Young explorers study South American geography. They study maps and create a physical map of the Andes themselves! They also research the geography, environment, and the culture of the Andes and present a report to the class.
First graders become familiar with Mayan culture, Aztec civilization and the Inca Empire.
Hispanic Arts: Visual Arts, Dance and Music
Students observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Students view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
The Hispanic World
Go on an electronic field trip. Discover Spanish-speaking countries through Internet exploration. Students participate in a whole group discussion to general knowledge about the location, cultural background, independence and current affairs of the countries encountered.
The Mexican-American Influence on the United States
Students examine the influences of the Hispanic groups from Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico. In groups, they research the history of Mexico and read excerpts from a book in Spanish to practice their vocabulary. To end the lesson plan, they write letters to the Embassy of Mexico in New York to ask for information about the Hispanic cultures in the American Southwest.
Seventh graders explore the geography of Eastern and Western Europe. They compare and constrast the culture of Jewish people from Eastern and Western Europe. They analyze deportation and confinement in concentration camps, using personal testimonies.
Students research tango music and dancing and research where it comes from. In this tango lesson plan, students research Argentina and South America while learning about the tango and making posters of it.
The Geophysics And Cultural Aspects of the Greater Antilles
Learners determine location by using longitude and latitude. They measure to the minute longitude and latitude of a place and select a body of land and determine its location. They approximate time zones by using every 15 degrees of longitudinal change to represent 1 hr.
Students listen to tango music and research the country it came from. In this music activity, students find that tango music comes from Argentina. They listen and dance to the music and then write stories.
South American Gauchos
Fourth graders explore the culture and background of the South American Pampas and Gauchos. Through reading and discussion activities, 4th graders gather information about the Gauchos. To conclude the lesson, students create a postcard providing a brief snapshot of life in the Pampas.
Sixth graders investigate greetings, farewells, gestures and holidays observed in the target culture and their own culture. This fosters student awareness and understanding of the target culture. Students have opportunities to use the Internet and other sources of information for research.
Learners use appropriate terms to reflect a working knowledge of the musical elements and use terminology from music and dance to analyze and compare structures of musical and other artistic works. They also identify the purpose of the composition and how it relates to the culture. Finally, students demonstrate an understanding of the form of this composition.