Cultural Anthropology Teacher Resources
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Twelfth graders identify women who have excelled in anthropology. They present their findings which are compiled with other students' research to produce a list of women anthropologists.
Students analyze anthropological case studies. In this specific Ethical Dilemmas lesson, students make ethical judgments based on the case study analysis. Students work cooperatively in small groups to reach their conclusions.
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 plan!
There is a lot to this Native American exploration plan, delve into it! A WebQuest focuses research with 3 expeditions (printable if resources dictate). Scholars keep track of findings on a KWL chart (consider a more note-taking specific guide). Groups jigsaw the expeditions to experience the collaborative nature of field work and there are many ideas listed to synthesize research. The strong Writing Workshop tool allows learners to publish and review their writing.
Students study about the Venezuelan government's promotion of the Dancing Devils ritual in San Francisco de Yare as a tourist attraction. They investigate a number of traditional regional events around the world to explore the relationship between culture and tourism.
Students, 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
Learners examine stories and myths about ancient Egypt through time. They investigate ancient Egyptian culture and belief systems, including the influences of geography on the beliefs and customs of the time.
Students examine and compare notions of beauty in cultures around the world and explore the connection between what is deemed 'beautiful' and cultural history. They Develop a "Beauty Around the World" collage representing beauty practices from each continent; examine the historical, cultural, and economic contexts in which ideals of beauty are created.
Fifth graders use the internet to research the history of cultures throughout the world. In groups, they disucss the meaning of various symbols and view Tenochtitlan as a center of power and wealth. They use everyday materials to create a model of the city and share it with the class. To end the lesson, they write an evaluation on their work and answer discussion questions.
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.
Students prepare and organize a cultural celebration of African migration and immigration. Working in groups or individually, they research topics and present the information, including dance demonstrations, instrumental or vocal examples, or story-telling.
Students view a PowerPoint about Tibetan monks to help them explain the culture's world views, myths and religious beliefs. They investigate Navajo sand paintings and compare how they are similar to the Tibetan monks' artwork.
Students research and discuss many common characteristics of modern cultures and examine ancient cultures for comparison. They study the components of anthropology and ethnocentrism.
Students examine different artifacts and determine the difference between personal and cultural objects. They collect items from their home of cultural importance as well. They identify all they can from artifacts they are given to analyze.
Students participate in a variety of activities that are concerned with comparing different cultures through the literary genre of folktales. The stories are used to stimulate student interest and provide a context for how a society lived at particular different times and places.
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.
Learners compare and contrast their family with the familes of other students in their class. They complete a comparison of the various ways in which their culture is different from another learners. Drawing on this experience, they research a culture they would like to know more about, writing a brief report to summarize their research.
Seventh graders study cave art and to learn about the importance of human expression in history. In this art history lesson, 7th graders study the characteristics of cave art and what the art reflected of the culture and time it came from. Students then make pictures in the same context as cave artists and write stories about what life was like for cave artists.
Young scholars explore American culture by reading classic literature in class. In this African-American history lesson plan, students read the story Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree while identifying the work and contributions of the real life Zora Neale Hurston. Young scholars define vocabulary from the book and answer story study questions.
Students research and develop a report on birthday rituals around the world. In this research lesson plan, students compare birthday rituals from other cultures to their own. Images and resources are included.