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Key Ingredients: America By Food
In this set of five lessons, students analyze the important of food traditions, identity, and history. Students analyze how food traditions contribute to family identity, investigate family food traditions through interviews, and compare and contrast the food traditions of different families. In this lesson, students also examine factors that lead to regional food traditions, research the food traditions of different states, and compare and contrast them.
Swahili Alphabet Lesson
Third graders learn about other cultures. In this Swahili lesson, 3rd graders discuss if they know any other languages, read the book Jambo Means Hello, discuss why it is important to learn about other cultures, learn a few words in Swahili and write in their journals about the importance of knowing the differences and similarities in cultures.
A Teenager's Day in Senegal
High schoolers attempt to answer the following question in an attempt to create a context for the lesson: "What would a typical day be like for a teenager in Senegal?" The activities are presented in a style that is taken from the research of multiple intelligences.
A Close Look at Mexico
Students study the diverse population of Mexico and compare it to that of the United States. They sing traditional songs of Mexico including the national anthem and memorize simple Spanish vocabulary and express greetings, age, likes, and dislikes.
Examining What Sharing Really Means
After reading "The Senegalese Miracle" about the degree of sharing the author encounters upon arrival in Africa, class members read Mike Tidwell’s “Sharing in Africa” and compare the two stories. This cultural diversity lesson concludes with writers crafting a brief narrative about something in their own culture that seems remarkable.
Created Equal: Inventing the American Republic
Eighth graders visit an exhibition at the Huntington Library about equality. They examine primary source documents and answer questions on their field trip.
A Storybook Romance: Dante's Paolo and Francesca
Students explore the structure and artistry of Dante's Divine Comedy.
A Storybook Romance: Dante's Paolo and Francesca
Students study the structure and artistry of Dante's, Divine Comedy. They examine how romantic love is interpreted in the episode of Paolo and Francesca while experiencing literary allusions.
Chinese, Japanese and Korean Numbers and Luck!
Students explore numbers in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. They discuss numbers and practice writing and speaking numbers 1-10 in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. As they create a chart of the three countries' numbers, they discuss the meanings behind the Chinese numbers and create origami fortune tellers.
Anansi Goes to Lunch
Second graders read the story Anansi Goes to Lunch and complete language arts activities connected to the story. In this language arts lesson plan, 2nd graders complete activities including discussion, reading, writing, drawing, and role playing.
New! The Crusades: Voices and Perspectives
Invite your young historians to discover the distinct perspectives of Muslim, European, Jewish, and Byzantine groups during the Crusades. Class members are divided into groups and are given a packet of handouts, including background information, maps, artistic depictions of major figures, and more, to review for a particular historical group. They then collaborate to develop a news segment demonstrating what they have learned about their group's unique perspective.
Never To Forget
Tenth graders discuss the events leading up to antisemitic behavior in Europe during World War II. Through various activities, 10th graders acquaint themselves with the political ideology of Nazism and assess responsibility for the Holocaust. Materials to complete this unit are included.
History of the American West
Ninth graders research early mining in California. They study the "placer method" for mining gold, which is surface mining that does not involve tunneling. They examine what it was like for the early miners to pan for gold with simple tools in 1848 and 1849 in California.
Early Exploration of North America
Third graders "travel" from Europe to North America as Columbus did. They organize the information into chronoglogical order.
Eighth graders are exposed to different types of media in order to investigate the tendency of being exposed to a set of values that run contrary to conservative values. They role play a television program in order to communicate the values of the writers.
World War II and Propaganda Efforts
Students define propaganda and list the various propaganda techniques used to influence people. They identify propaganda methods used by the American Government to encourage Americans to support the war effort
Using Political Cartoons to Understand Historical Events
Examine historical perspectives through the use of political cartoons. Learners complete analysis activities related to the president's title, the establishment of the national bank, and the Jay Treaty.
Jr. Chef Club Making Brainy Breakfasts
Students identify the benefits of eating a nutritious breakfast. In this nutrition lesson, students read food labels to identify foods that are low in sugar. Students create a healthy breakfast by using eggs and low-fat cheese.
Language Recognition and Language Families
Young scholars debate the pros and cons of bilingualism in the United States and in the classroom. Students investigate how language reflects and influences culture, and focus on how to make language acquisition easier for young scholars.
Eleventh graders trace the history of intolerance in American history and familiarize themselves with the actions of the United States towards the Holocaust. They explore present day Holocaust denial and Neo-Nazism in the United States.