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Students describe key events in the life of Gandhi. They determine why knowledge of geography is necessary to understand the history of the people in a place or region. They write a summary of how the events in Gandhi's life, influenced by the physical and cultural geography of India/Pakistan, helped India become independent.
The Cultural Geography of Egypt
Middle schoolers describe Egypt's historical, cultural and recreational sites and activities. They explain Egyptian customs and conduct; and apply what they have learned to create a travel brochure about Egypt.
Gender Roles in Jewish and Muslim Cultures
Gender roles and religious practices can be a very interesting and complex subject to teach. Luckily, you have found an excellent resource that includes links, vocabulary, and a great set of activities. Learners will discuss cultural convergence and divergence and then dive into research to find information on the gender roles of women in Jewish and Muslim communities. They use Costa's three levels of questioning to develop their own inquiry questions, which will be used to guide them as they write a short composition synthesizing what they've learned.
Geography And The Gulf War
High schoolers develop maps, tables, graphs, charts, and diagrams to depict the geographic implications of current world events, and analyze major human conflicts to determine the role of physical and cultural geographic features in the causes, conflict, and outcomes. Pupils conduct research on the Internet or in the library to obtain data and information on the Gulf War that can be used to construct maps, tables, graphs, or diagrams representing changes in the geography of the Middle East.
Rise of the Silla Kingdom: Native Traditions and Cultural Diffusion
Students consider how the location of Korea has contributed to cultural diffusion. In this Korean history lesson, students investigate the rise of the Silla Kingdom. Students compare the accomplishments of the Silla Kingdom to those of classical Greece and Rome.
Culture and Food and Ritual, Oh My!
Here is a fantastic instructional activity that integrates the culture, food, and rituals of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The class discusses what they know about the holidays typically associated with each of the three religions, then they analyze and define food rituals. In small groups, they conduct research on one religious holiday and use their research to construct a menu, which will be used as the basis of large-group discussions on the similarities and differences in each religious holiday. A well-thought-out instructional activity that contains everything needed: videos, links, worksheets, vocabulary, and background information.
Observing Physical and Cultural Landscapes
There is a difference between the physical and cultural features of a place, and yet one is always influenced by the other. Middle schoolers begin to consider the differences between each and how they interact with a series of scaffolded activities. They start by viewing several photographs in order to determine if their personal views of Europe are the same or different than what the images portray. They complete a T-chart, make inferences about the photos, and confirm the location of the photos on a map. This is an excellent resource with everything needed, just print to teach.
Introduction to the Five Themes of Geography
A rap, a song, an activity, a presentation, and teaching notes are yours for the taking! Teaching the five themes of geography will be a snap with a handy resource like this one. Learners will be introduced to the importance of understanding geography through movement, people, locations, places, and regions by engaging in two fun small group activities. Everything needed is embedded or easily downloadable.
Cultural Connections: The Tapestry of Life
Young scholars use a variety of media to explore culture as the accumulation of beliefs, learned patterns of behavior, institutions, and values. They examine how to identify, compare, and appreciate the traits of various regions and people groups. A wonderful resource from National Geographic. Consider utilizing it at the start of the school year to encourage respecting people of all race, faith, gender, etc.
Aboriginal Peoples And The Universals of Culture
Sixth graders research specific features of a province or territory of Canada. In this Canadian history lesson plan, 6th graders identify aboriginal culture areas on a map, identify cultural features represented in their region, and create an artifact that represents the culture. All rubrics and worksheets are included in this lesson plan.
Lesson: A Collage of Cultures
The blanket being analyzed here seems simple and plain, but it reflects the culture and geography of the people who made it. Learners critically examine the influence geography and culture had on the creation of the blanket and on themselves. They create collages and write creative pieces that reflect their understanding of how they have personally been shaped by the world around them.
Seventh graders explore how culture is reflected through art. After researching the art of a specific culture, 7th graders create replicas of art objects that reflect the ideals, values, and history of the culture.
Love a Culture:Dance to Its Music!
Students explore traditional dances. In this multicultural humanities lesson plan, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts. Students draw inferences about the vital role that dance played in their identified country and compare and contrast their findings with other countries researched.
Students research the adaptation and acculturation of immigrant groups in the United States. They create culture capsules aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of new peoples in American society.
Culture in the Cupboard
Students locate on a world map the places of cultural origin of many of the items in their homes. They analyze the cultural diffusion that explains how those items got where they are today. By identifying those items, one can see into their cultures and visualize their part of the world.
Exploring the World's Geography
Young scholars discuss the seven continents of Earth and the diverse geography. After discussion, they create their own paper-mache globes which properly display all seven continents, the equator, and the prime meridian. They conduct research about the seven continents and examine maps before completing the project.
Geography Lesson Plans Using Google Earth
Geography lesson plans using Google Earth, or other interactive websites can make this topic current and interesting for students.
Twice Upon a Time: Multi-cultural Cinderella
Third graders read and compare and contrast various Cinderells stories from different cultures around the world. In this Cinderella lesson, 3rd graders learn that plot element can seem different but serve the same purpose. Students gain inight into how different culture's are unique.
England: Discover a World of Culture and History
England is a very interesting country full of cultural and historical geography. Here is an impressive collection of lessons that will familiarize your students with England's cultural and historical geography. The activities presented are all well designed, and they are also supported with websites and worksheets that you can access. For any fourth grade teacher looking for a splendid way to teach about England, this resource is well-worth a look.
Fertile Crescent Map Project
Sixth graders develop a multimedia presentation of the Fertile Crescent that compares modern day geography, economics, government, and transportation resources. They work in groups to research their specific topic.