Cultural Anthropology Teacher Resources
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Students follow Marco Polo's route to and from China. They explore the geography, local products, culture, and fascinating sites of those regions. They record their findings.
Students use the Internet to research and follow Marco Polo's route through Asia. They record their journey (including observations about geography, culture and landmarks) in journals, postcards, posters and maps.
Students brainstorm a list of stereotypes associated with the Hispanic or Latin culture. In groups, they use the internet to research issues of importance to the Puerto Rican community. They focus on the cultures that speak Spanish and how ethnicity applies to various groups within the United States. To end the lesson, they read a poem and write their reflections.
Learners construct a timeline of four major culture periods in Native American history from studying archaeological evidence cards.
The major pre-Columbian settlements are studied in this excellente social studies lesson. Fifth graders explain how geography and climate influenced the way various nations lived and adjusted to the environment, and focus on eight essential questions which cover migration, cultural, religius, agricultural, and social practices of the settlements.
A comprehensive instructional activity that takes a look at psychoactive plants with this one focusing on the opium poppy. Information about the history, culture, use, source and effects are discussed. There are weblinks to reliable sources about drugs and their effects. There are video clips to watch and then have discussion. There are many questions posed for diswcussion throughout the instructional activity.
Fourth graders describe the social, political, cultural and economic life and interactions among the people of California from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods.
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.
Students comprehend that societies are diverse and have changed over time. They relate music to various historical and cultural traditions. They investigate the various reasons-celebrations, rituals, and cermonies-for which the Aztecs used music.
Second graders study Native American Kalapuya culture. In this American History lesson, 2nd graders discover the early inhabitants of their community. They take a field trip to Dorris Ranch.
Students 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 how various ancient cultures honor the dead through mummification. They view online pictures of Incan and Chinese mummies, and write or draw pictures describing an imaginary trip to the "mummy room" of a museum.
Bridge cultural awareness, community, government, and art with an introspective and thought-provoking lesson plan. Upper graders become globally and socially aware as they analyze and explore the art of Jeremy Deller. They consider his images of Iraq, specifically those images portraying community hubs. Kids then create photo journals describing the community hubs in their neighborhoods and compare them to the hubs in Iraq.
Students identify Marco Polo and discuss why he took his trip, indicate on map routes Marco Polo took to China and back, describe challenges of traveling along Silk Road, list several interesting aspects of 13th Century Chinese culture, and create large mural/timeline of Marco Polo's life and adventures.
Sixth graders examine the role of anthropologists. In groups, they compare and contrast two different groups of civilizations. Using primary source documents, they discover how various cultures and ideas spread throughout the world. As a class, they also discuss how new research can change history.
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 analyze fables and trickster tales from various cultural traditions. In this fable analysis lesson, students identify the elements of fables and trickster stories. Students read Aesop's fables and Ananse spider stories. Students list human traits associate with animals in the stories and compare and contrast the themes in the tales. Students choose a moral and write an original fable for it.
Students define folklore, folk groups, tradition, and oral narrative, identify traditional elements in Their Eyes Were Watching God, and analyze and explain the role of traditional folkways and folk speech in the overall literary impact of the novel.