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Fifth graders explore the classical American cultures of the Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas. In this anthropology and classical cultures lesson, 5th graders examine the various types of settlements of land use in Colonial America. Students develop historical perspective and cultural perspective by recognizing and understanding art is a record of the human experience with the past, present, and future.
Pupils develop an understanding of the interrelatedness of technology, culture, and environment as illustrated by the Chumash culture. They continue to study the earth repeatedly for it takes years to acquire the knowledge that they need to complete the picture. Students tie together anthropology, history, and culture of one particular group of people.
Students begin the lesson by identifying how and why the Native Americans came to North America. Using the internet, they examine how their culture spread throughout the continent and in groups they discuss the stereotypes between the Europeans and Native Americans. They end the lesson by discussing how Native Americans today are trying to preserve their culture.
Students comprehend what is meant by Cultural Evolution and that it primarily applies at Human Evolution, but that there are examples in higher mammals such as a killer whales, dolphins and great apes of particular groups by exploring from their elders special ways to adapt to their environment.
Seventh graders examine the cultural food of the country of Korea. In groups, they discover different types of foods from different cultures with a focus on Kimchee. They identify the nutritional value of the food, how it affects the health of those who eat it and examine the different ways of preparing the dish.