Cultural Anthropology Teacher Resources
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Finding Your Way Using Maps and Globes
Students identify the similarities and differences between different maps and globes. Individually, they create a map of their classroom along with a compass rose. They also practice reading maps as a class and finding specific locations.
New! The Neolithic Revolution
With the abundance of food products we can easily access in our society today, it is easy to forget the toll this can take on our global environment. Young learners will discover how the transition to agriculture and domesticated living from nomadic hunter-gatherer societies would also come to mean intensive exploitation of land. This is a great way to combine environmental study or Earth Day activities with a social studies lesson on the Agricultural Revolution!
Break the Code: Anthropology Terms
Spice up your study of basic anthropology terms using this decoding worksheet. Using a provided code, learners answer 10 fill-in-the-blank questions. Because the code is very simple, more advanced pupils may enjoy the challenge of figuring it out without the code provided. Consider using this to complement a study of social coding within groups of people, small or large. It requires little critical thinking, but can be adjusted to be more engaging.
Culture Clash: New World Meets Old
Sixth graders explore the history of Christopher Columbus. For this World History lesson, 6th graders research facts about Christopher Columbus. Students write their own opinion about Columbus's background focusing on three piecesof evidence.
Shadows of North Carolina's Past
Learners examine Native Americans artifacts from North Carolina. Using the major cultural periods in Native American history, they create a timeline of the significant events. They compare and contrast the four periods and discuss how they are similar and different.
Connecting the Dots: Genographic's Markers in Context
Students participate in a hands-on study of genetic markers. They consider what contextual factors help paint a clearer picture of human migration. Students research the migrations of people as far back as 60,000 BC.
The Chinese Zodiac And The Western Zodiac
Students create individual horoscopes that contrast and compare Western and Chinese views of their futures using poster boards and magic markers. In-class discussion is used to evaluate the use of the Zodiac in different cultures.
Archaeology What Gets Preserved?
Learners view a video on a culture and list what would be preserved over time. In this investigative lesson students study preservation and what gets preserved in different cultures.
The Mosuo: Are They Really So Different?
Students, through a variety of resources, study and discuss the Mosuo people of the Yunnan Province of China and compare and contrast their cultural heritage to that of Caucasian and Native American cultures.
Writing an "All About" book for Chinese Ethnic Minorities
Students discuss the cultures of various ethnic minorities in China. In groups, they research two of the groups and develop a booklet comparing and contrasting the two Chinese ethnic minorities' cultures.
Albert Schweitzer: Darkness And Light
Students view a documentary which examines the life and work of Albert Schweitzer. Specifically, it explores the controversy surrounding Schweitzer. Darkness and Light would be useful for classes on World History, African History and African Culture.
Creating a Pot: Repetition as a Unifying Design Element
Middle schoolers use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.
Students examine a Baga Drum in order to explore the history of the Baga people of West Africa. In this art history lesson, students recognize figures used in Baga Drum design that represent aspects of Baga culture. They also design and draw their own musical instrument using human or animal figures.
How Has Colonialism Led to Multilingualism in Africa
Prepare yourself for a top-notch presentation on colonialism in Africa! Discussed are the reasons for African multilingualism. Maps and a country-by-country look at various colonists that made their mark on the African continent are explored. A case study and look at the effects of colonialism are covered in sociolinguistic terms. Remember that language houses culture and the shifts seen therein.
Ka'ianaa'ahu'ulu: A Leader of Hawai'i
Students evaluate leadership traits in 18th century Hawai'i and modern times. In this leadership skills lesson, students identify leadership traits and read the story of Ka’iana. Students monitor the leadership activities of a partner and research another leader to compare with Ka’iana.
New World Meets Old
Students demonstrate understanding of basic facts about Christopher Columbus and different theories regarding his background. They try to solve the mystery of Christopher Columbus' background and write an essay offering their own opinion.
Lone Pine- Cultural Fire Management
Fourth graders investigate the concept of fire and how it was used by the Native Americans. The lesson has sufficient background information for the teacher to establish historical context. Students summarize the nine uses for fire to benefit the environment.
Going the Way the Wind Blows
Students examine the cause and effect relationship between geography and ancient civilizations. After reading an article, they determine how new findings can help scientists examine the migration patterns of these civilizations. Using the internet, they research how climate and geography affected prehistoric humans and create their own dioramas. They reflect on these issues in their journals.
The Empirical Challenges of Racial Classification
This instructional activity will help students examine their preconceptions and assumptions about racial categories and understand the impossibility of constructing a consistent system of human racial classification.
Kennewick Man: Science and Sacred Rights
High schoolers read several articles about 'Kennewick Man' (9,000-year-old remains of a pre-Columbian Native American) and consider the controversy regarding the ethical handling of his remains. They debate the religious and scientific viewpoints.