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Students identify the correlations between many nations.  In this geographic culture instructional activity, students create maps based on nationalities, languages and religions.  Students present their maps to the class.
Students compare and contrast their characteristics. In this comparison activity, ESL students compare and contrast personal characteristics while working in pairs. They use a Venn diagram and write in short phrases while making the comparisons.
Fifth graders compare the life and times of Roger Williams and Martin Luther King Jr. In this life comparison lesson plan, 5th graders explore the key events that happened in each of their lives and fill out worksheets, write essays, and participate in a simulation about their lives.
Students discuss what house and home represent in this country and read an article from a Venezuelan newspaper about environmental awareness. They create a Venn diagram that compares and contrasts environmental awareness and responsibility.
Tenth graders compare and contrast the availability and affordability of products and services such as cellular phones, cars, video games, computers, athletic shoes, foods and beverages.
Eleventh graders participate in a lecture on the history of Latin Americans and the role of Latin-American women writers. As a class, they read a story together and identify what lessons the narrator gained throughout the story. In groups, they examine the author's life and compare it to their own. To end the lesson, they use the internet to research various aspects of Latino culture.
Eighth graders read excerpts from a variety of poems by Hispanic and Spanish authors in Spanish. Individually, they identify any vocabulary they are unfamiliar with and view examples of poetry elements. To end the lesson plan, they research and read poems by authors who are second generation Puerto Rican.
Ninth graders examine the Muslim Arab influences on Spanish history. After watching a video, they make three maps of Spain: one before the invasion of the Muslims, one during the 8th to 15th century and one map showing the country as it is today. They compare and contrast main beliefs, values and heroes on each side and discuss the cultural legacy left by the Muslims. They practice using the correct tense to show the sequence of events in Spanish.
Fifth graders investigate the lives and contributions of Latinos whose life and work permeate our culture. They use information about their subjects to produce a guided paragraph.
Students are introduced to the spanish words for family members. Using the character Dora the Explorer, they define new vocabulary and practice pronouncing them. They sing a song in Spanish and compare and contrast the lives of families in Spanish speaking countries with America.
Students discover the names of farm animals in Spanish. In this Spanish lesson, students use games, song, and dance to learn the names of 9 farm animals in Spanish.
Students explore the culture of Puerto Rico. They create maps of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. They work in small groups to research a decade in history and add drawings and pictures to a timeline of their decade. They practice Spanish words and read folktales of Puerto Rico.
Students effectively operate a digital camera and conduct basic interviews with Spanish speaking people in Spanish. They conduct in-depth interviews with interviewees in English, if possible, and transcribe all or portions of the interviews in Spanish.
Students discover the connection between Dali's art and his heritage. they examine his works and identify the characteristics of his culture in them. They write essays about their collages they made in an earlier lesson and explain their significance.
Third graders examine and compare practices and products of the cultural groups that have settled in the local area. Students develop and use graphic organizers to aid them in the comparison of artistic expression, places of worship, languages and food.
Students explore the differences between American Spanish speaking countries and the United States. Students explore the history and culture of Spanish speaking countries. They examine Latino influences. Students create a presentation and present their project to the class.
Fourth graders study the cultural groups in their own community. In this community lesson plan, 4th graders read a book about different cultures. Students complete a homework letter activity and study census bureau from groups in their community. Students use graphic organizers to study the artistic expressions, places of worship, languages, and food for the cultures. Students create art pieces about the cultures and complete research for that culture.
Students analyze images and music of common rituals in America with those of other countries. They use worksheets to compare and contrast the events.
Eighth graders explore the origins and significance of the Gullah people and their impact on African-American and American cultures. This in-depth lesson plan will include an examination of Gullah history and culture as well as the origin and development of their unique language.
Students explore cultures different than their own. In this culture lesson, students examine the concept of cultural diffusion as they create PowerPoint presentations that focus on Latin American culture that has been influenced by the culture of Spain.

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