Cultural Anthropology Teacher Resources
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New! Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest lactose. Scientists look at the DNA and the history of two cultures that might explain why. Follow the video with one of the accompanying lab activities in which biochemistry learners measure glucose changes over time after adding lactose (milk) to simulated intestinal fluid samples (lactase solution). This is a thick and creamy lesson!
Pupils examine the nature of culture, and compare/contrast various cultures and their artifacts and ceremonies. They develop a class list of artifacts, complete a worksheet, and create a poster or diorama describing an object that is important to them.
Cultures for Elementary Students
Students research one or more cultures. They determine what aspects of the culture to research based on their interests. They develop a research proposal and share it with the class.
Teach Your Parents Well
Students compare various aspects of their lives with those of their parents or guardians to find out how they are different, and consider cultural gap between parents and their children by reading and discussing article, "??omg my mom joined facebook!!?" Students then work in groups to prepare course outlines and lesson plans designed to teach adults what they need to know to keep up with technology popular with today's youth.
Native American Cultures
Learners study Native American cultures from their home state in this series of lessons by accessing online texts, and field reports. After completing graphic organizers and reading, they participate in comprehension discussions. Using information from their research they design a presentation or write an informational essay.
Exploring Human History
Students study the four main subdivisions of anthropology and how they overlap. They explore the careers of several contemporary anthropologists and their fieldwork, comparing the methods and applications of their work.
Students learn what culture is, define related terms and apply these concepts to a culture other than their own in a research assignment.
Examining World Cultures Through Folktales
Folktales reveal volumes about a culture, so get your literary analysts perusing them for anthropological clues! Learners examine characteristics of a folktale before researching one particular culture to better understand their folklore. There is a focus on Internet source evaluation, and learners rate sites they find for their informational value. They examine six stories and create their own folktale from the culture they research. No worksheets or rubrics are included.
Media Analysis--Culture and Gender Roles
Ninth graders participate in class discussion about culture and how it influences our lives then complete an analysis of advertisements from popular magazines to derive what effects they have on our culture. They use analysis of adds to draw ideas about g
Cultural Anthropology Study Using the Fundamentals of Geography and GPS
High schoolers, in groups, operate the GPS unit, plotting each head stone with accompanying description. Two other students to log in data that corresponds to the given points. One student to note general observations
Humor and Anthropology/Ethnic Humor
By posing controversial questions about racially charged words and jokes, this presentation explores the function and use of ethnic humor. Sure to inspire debates and discussions in your sociology or anthropology class, the slideshow comes to a fascinating conclusion that will have your students talking long after the lecture.
Clash of Cultures
Seventh graders explore several different cultures and their influence on one another. In this culture clash lesson, 7th graders choose a culture and create a handbook showing the history, the areas where they settled and recipes from that culture. Students analyze music from each culture, create a word wall and do internet research on the cultures.
Puerto Rico . . . Its Land, History, Culture, and Literature
Students examine Puerto Rico's location and from its geographic location, reflect on its culture and people. They also read a play by a Puerto Rican author. This is an excellent cross-curricular unit, including history, geography, and literature.
Introduction to Europe's Languages & Religions
The question posed to the class is, "What makes a group?" The answer to that question results in a better understanding of the nature of culture. Race, location, religion, language, and group identification are explored as children pair up and consider how these traits define various regions in Europe. Two worksheets and an informational text guide them as they explore the topic of European language and religion, culminating in a reflective journal entry.
Artists compare and contrast artistic form and content. They investigate artistic and anthropological practices of collecting. The class explores the concept of collecting in other fields outside of Art.
How Can Understanding and Helping Others Build Our Own Community?
Students examine the different cultures and disabilities people face in their community. They discuss how they can become better citizens. They answer discussion questions to finish the lesson.
The Language of Love
Pupils 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."
Two Very Different Concepts of Time
Students explore the concept of cultural anthropology. In this culture studies lesson plan, students consider the culture of Guinea as they read "The Meaning of Time" by Katherine Ross. Students also discuss the traits of monochronic and polychronic cultures
JAPAN, IMAGES A PEOPLE
Students interpret Japanese and American paintings; evaluate paintings as sources of cultural and historical information
Unearthing Ancient Greece
Students locate and analyze clues about ancient Greek life. In this ancient Greece lesson, students look at art, architecture, and artifacts to determine what was important to the Greeks and discover details about their culture. Students compose essays based on their findings. Several worksheets and support materials are included with the lesson.