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Students define the term ethnic music, ethnic dancing, and a simple Carpatho Rusyn dance step.
Students observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Students view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
Students explore traditional dances.  In this multicultural humanities lesson, 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.
Fourth graders physically learn kolos or circle dances, discuss what they are learning with their peers and write in their daily journals. They apply critical thinking skills to draw inferences about Eastern European immigrant groups in Ohio.
Students learn about Latin American dance and rhythm in different forms and participate in dancing. In this Latin American lesson plan, students also analyze Latin American paintings.
Sixth graders practice four different cultural or traditional (folk) dances and participate in whole-class and small-group discussions that invite critical thinking to draw inferences. Students choose specific countries or regions to research, examining their histories, geographies, climates, governments, economics, cultures and arts.
Fifth graders experience the movements required to perform social, folk and square dancing. They describe each dance movement. Students discuss the elements found in folk art, folk music, and fold dance.
Learners study the art of Bharata Natyam Indian dance. In this Indian dance lesson, students read text about Indian dance Bharata Natyam dance. Learners may create their own dance and a television story about the topic.
Students perform a folk dance and discuss its cultural and historical meanings. They review the dance and perform it, beginning with four individuals who dance with confidence right from the start.
Learners complete a unit on the music, dance, and folklore of the African American culture. They read, write, and dramatize folktales, create a timeline of African American music, conduct a web scavenger hunt, and create a computer slideshow presentation as the culminating project of the unit.
Bring social studies to life! This interdisciplinary lesson has young writers tell the story of the migration of diverse groups of people to the United States. Pupils view the work of selected choreographers and discuss how dance often tells a story. A research component allows them to collect data on select populations to inspire written stories and creative dances.
Students brainstorm a list of stereotypes associated with the Hispanic or Latin culture. In groups, they use the internet to research issues of importance to the Puerto Rican community. They focus on the cultures that speak Spanish and how ethnicity applies to various groups within the United States. To end the lesson, they read a poem and write their reflections.
Students define ethnicity and ethnic group in their own words. In groups, they view comic strips and identify how the strips relate to their family life. Individually, they write their own comic strip about their own ethnic group. To end the lesson, they exchange them with a partner to check for grammar and punctuation.
Students study the folk music and dance of the island of Mauritius. In this music and dance lesson, students study the style of music and dance that is called sega. They learn about how the traditional music comes from the islands off the coast of Africa.
First graders explore the art of Russian folk dancing. In this cultural traditions lesson, 1st graders research the Troika and incorporate attributes of the Russion folk dance into their own renditions.
High schoolers select a particular environment, ecosystem or species that is of special interest to them and research the selection to determine if there are any particular cultures with which it is associated (songs, dances or dramatic performances).
Seventh graders explore the traditional dances of various immigrants into the United States. While attending a cultural event from a specific immigrant group, 7th graders observe cultural dances. They interview members of the ethnic group and learn the dance. Pupils create a formal presentation to be given in class.
Tenth graders investigate the historical and cultural ties that influence the ethnic character of communities and the local economics throughout the state of Nebraska. They collect data on cities and towns that hold ethnic festivals and examine the historical roots of the festivals and the impact on the local economy and present their findings to the class.
Middle schoolers examine culture and ethnicity.  In this cultural arts activity, students discuss the cultural and social elements of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.  They discuss other historical locations that have cultural influence, and discuss the significance of those locations. 
Students use mystery novels to focus on the history and ethnicity of different regions of the United States. As a class, they are introduced to the elements of a mystery and compare them to the other types of novels they have read. In groups, they discuss the characters, setting and plots of the novels while researching the historical events occuring in the text.

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