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Learners imitate rhythmic patterns created by the teacher or taken from the drum performance of "Oshossi." They study and perform some of the layered and interlocking rhythms of the drum ensembles of Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, Suriname, and Venezuela using classroom percussion instruments and combine three different rhythmic ostinatos written in TUBS (Time Unit Box System) notation to produce a composite ensemble pattern.
Third graders analyze the cultural, emotional, and physical significance of food. For this Healthy Lifestyles lesson, 3rd graders review the Food Pyramid and compare the types of foods commonly eaten in the US to those eaten in South America. This lesson includes printable handouts and additional activities.
Pupils examine the Aztec civilization in what is now Mexico. Using a map, they locate the empire and explain the legend of the founding of Tenochtitlan. They explore the symbols on various Mexican flags and what they meant to the Aztec culture.   A good supplemental resource. 
Students study specific terms and concepts about the discovery of America. They improve their history knowledge about some Latin American regions and their map and geography skills of the New World. They describe what is meant by Cultural Pluralism.
Seventh graders explore the traditional dances of various immigrants into the United States. While attending a cultural event from a specific immigrant group, 7th graders observe cultural dances. They interview members of the ethnic group and learn the dance. Pupils create a formal presentation to be given in class.
Students explore the images and idioms related to love in their own culture. They examine new rituals recently created in Japan by reading and discussing "Osaka Journal:Japanese Date Clubs Take the Muss Out of Mating."
Students create a graffiti wall using their own name or personal symbol. They examine their own understanding of the film as a source of inspiration and listen to the music from the soundtrack as an effective motivation. They make connections between the characters and cultures depicted in the film to their own lives.
Students research South American to prepare a PowerPoint presentation about its culture, traditions, and societies. In this South American research lesson, students research South American based on their export products to create a PowerPoint presentation for a classmate who is moving there. Students highlight the culture, traditions, and societies of the continent.
Learners consider how cultural understanding affects views of the world. In this culture lesson, students zoom in and view a photograph of a Brazilian hut. Learners consider what life is like in other parts of the world and discuss how cultural understanding is something everyone should possess.
Third graders write and illustrate a "pourqui" tale, which explains why or how an animal, plant, or natural object looks or acts the way it does. The tales also incorporate cultural values, or teaching lessons about caring for the earth.
Students draw a picture of a person from popular culture, then "clone" it using printing techniques in this Art lesson that tackles the questions surrounding cloning, DNA, and current scientific techniques. An emphasis is placed on the artwork of Andy Warhol.
Pupils investigate artificially elevated regions or cities around the world to compare histories, cultures, and strategies related to potential flooding disaster.
Fourth graders research rice history. In this rice history instructional activity, 4th graders discover the farming methods used to cultivate rice. They read about the role of rice in many cultures. 
Students explore the various global climates and apply cultural adaptations of the peoples in various zones due to climate.
Students explore certain countries and places around the world such as Africa, Japan, Brazil, and Israel. Most of their learning will come from each other, and their own personal findings from selected questions and given text. Students will also be introduced to some of the foods, languages, and music these countries have to offer.
Students reflect upon traditional, cultural, or ritualized events. They research and document the evolution of a familiar tradition or ritualized event and creatively represent the changes to the tradition.
Fifth graders listen to lectures on the ancient civilizations of the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans. They construct a mask base and then decorate it in thirds with symbols meaningful to each of the three cultures being studied.
Students research the equator without leaving the classroom. They work in groups to take a virtual tour of one of the following five countries on the equator: Ecuador, Indonesia, Kenya, Brazil, or Singapore. Students learn what the term encyclopedia means. They review the basics of note taking.
High schoolers discover the process of chocolate production. They read stories from boys in Ghana and Brazil who work on cocoa plantations. They illustrate the principles of fair trade.
Students research the Hydrovia project using the internet. They discover what the Hydrovia project is, how it relates to or can affect the Pantanal region of Brazil, and discuss in a debate format the pro's and con's of this project.

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