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Students examine American Indian artifacts through historical, cultural and artistic lenses. They explore the philosophy behind the Smithsonian Institute's new museum to honor American Indian history and traditions.
Get your young historians thinking about East Asian culture and history during this partner research project, in which they analyze a variety of East Asian aspects to prepare for a presentation. After an initial "what do we already know" discussion, partners are assigned a country in the region and given a handout to guide their research (included). They focus on six areas: history, geography, culture, government, economy, and points of interest. Partners present a poster to the class.
Explore the culture, geography, and religion of Ethiopia. Learners complete a viewing guide while watching a film on Ethiopia as the first Christian country in Africa. Additionally, they create group presentations and write paragraphs discussing the significance of Ethiopia. Web links, handout links, and film links are all included.
Students investigate the history and culture of selected countries in North and South America. They explain how the cultural traditions in these countries affected the development of nonprofit organizations and stewardship. They describe and locate nations in North and South America, their cultures and communities.
Students work in teams as editors to design the front page of a newspaper covering a country in east Africa. They individually research and write articles that define modern life for the country's citizens.
Students study the traffic issues that affect daily life in Egypt, and consider what that implies about the country and its people, by reading The New York Times Cairo Journal. They write descriptive pieces about places they have visited by examining them through the lens of one aspect of general life.
Studnets complete a variety of activities as they develop an awareness and appreciation of Japanese culture: geography, food, homes, holidays, celebrations, education, games, etc.
Students research information on the geographical features, climate, and cultural activities of a Canadian city. They plan a day in the city with a schedule of activities. They synthesize information and create a large poster about the city, discuss how the geographic location of a city influences its activities and culture, and present the poster and schedule of activities to the class.
Middle schoolers explore the concept of philanthropy. In this service learning lesson, students examine the 5 themes of geography regarding African nations. Middle schoolers compare and contrast the development of philanthropy and stewardship in the African nations studied.
Students discover how culture, geography and history affect how someone views an area of the world. They role play the role of a Palestinian, Jew or Briton and examine how they felt about Israel during its formation. To end the lesson, they discover how people feel about the area today and how and if it has changed over time.
Students develop an awareness of citizenship and how it's defined globally. They explore the cultural diversity of different types of communities around the world. In addition, they assess the rights and responsibilities that are associated with global citizenship and global concerns.
Ninth graders research the cultural implications of wedding celebrations around the world. They study wedding celebrations before creating world map on which they place an appropriately attired wedding couple on the country they studied. From their research they design a cultural wedding celebration that begins with pre-parties and continues through the wedding and reception as cultural appropriate.
Young scholars gather information about Thailand's culture, geography, and history, describe origins and traditions of Loy Krathong, a widely observed Thai holiday, and create traditional Thai craft similar to lotus blossom rafts used to celebrate Loy Krathong.
Students investigate economic growth in China. In this current events lesson, students review a news report about the 2008 Summer Olympics in China and the push for young people in China to learn the English language. An activity worksheet is included with the lesson.
Students discover the beautiful state of Hawaii by creating travel documents.  In this U.S. Geography lesson, students utilize the Internet to research Hawaii and design a travel brochure.  Students create a sample budget for a Hawaiian vacation.
Students read articles relating to Jackie Robinson's breaking of the racial barrier in professional baseball. This leads to a deeper exploration of racism in the United States. They use a variety of worksheets imbedded in this plan to study this era.
Young scholars recognize the impact photographer William Henry Jackson and artist Thomas Moran had on the creation of Yellowstone National Park. They write an essay describing how Jackson and Moran contributed to the creation of the American West.
Students examine the causes, actions and results of different demonstrations from around the world in modern history.
Students examine how geography can have an impact on change in a region. They discuss what their local area might be like in 50 years, and in pairs, select a situation and write a short story to describe how it changed from one thing to another.
Twelfth graders investigate Ekon kon or Djola or Jola (dance), a noncompetitive, communal dance performed by the Djola people from the Sene-Gambia region of West Africa. They listen to a lecture by the teacher about the West African cultures that include this dance. The lesson includes many resources for the teacher as well as explicit directions for performing the dance.

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