Cultural Anthropology Teacher Resources

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Students examine the Native American tribes from Virginia and assess their contributions and mistreatment by European settlers. In groups, they research the tribes divided by centuries, beginning with 1600. Among topics they research are the name and location of the tribe and interesting cultural information. Students organize their information into Powerpoint presentations.
Young scholars research India and Indian culture. In this Indian research lesson plan, students research and report on the lives of Indian children. The report will be in the form of a mock interview between a journalist and an Indian child. Background information on India is provided.
Young scholars 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.
Students 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.
Young scholars examine different homes and shelters across cultures and time periods. For this Houses and the People They Shelter lesson, students draw conclusions about society and culture according to the features of their dwellings. Young scholars design a house according to a worksheet that asks them to consider social and cultural influences.
High schoolers 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.
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.
Young scholars 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. 
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.
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.
Students create a genealogy book tracing their heritage many generations back. They examine their own ethnicity, attitudes, and self-awareness. They examine new American trends regarding family structure and ethnicity.
Students read various arguments posed by John Dewey when it comes to population growth. In groups, they use magazine articles and the internet to find issues related to populations and complete experiments to identify the challenges associated with overpopulations. To end the lesson, they participate in a debate which they discuss the importance or non-importance of controlling the population.
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.
Sixth graders explore the history of Christopher Columbus.  In 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.
Young scholars explore symbols through cultures by examining several examples then they create and describe the meaning of a symbol of their own. finally, they wrtie a three paragraph essay describing what they might find in a time capsule left by Native Americans.
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.
What is oral tradition, and what unique tool did the Native Americans of the Northern Great Plains use to help them remember their complex histories? Through pictograph analysis, discussion, research, and an engaging hands-on activity, young historians discover the process the Nakota people used to design their winter counts to chronicle their history. Learners then document a year of their own personal histories by designing a monthly pictograph calendar.
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.
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!