Lesson Plan

Elements of Culture

Students will identify the elements of culture by looking at a Scholastic video, http://upfront.scholastic.com/issues/03_11_13 Immigration Overhaul and cultural video about other school cultures not in the US.
Louise L.
National Earth Science Teacher's Association NE Region Liaison contact
New York City School District
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science
Objectives
  • Students will identify language, art, music, dress, traditions, customs, ideas, beliefs etc.
  • Students will identify reasons for immigration
  • Students will know and understand family traditions
  • Students will know why it is good for our country to have many cultures
Subjects
Social Studies
Grades K - 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Review

Activity: Investigating

1. WHAT IS CULTURE?

2. WHY ARE THERE MANY CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES?

3. WHAT ARE SOME FAMILY TRADITIONS?

4. WHY IS IT GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY TO HAVE MANY CULTURES?

DRAW A PICTURE: THERE ARE MANY TRADITIONS.  THINK OF A TRADITION YOU KNOW,  THEN DRAW  A PICTURE OF IT.  WRITE  3 SENTENCES ABOUT IT.

Student Instructions

Students  pair share

2 Standards

The History of the United States and New York.

Student Instructions

Students read about US History and New York.

3 Process

Activity: Reading

Mini lesson: Read a story about culture, tradition/immigration

Retell stories by asking core questions

What is culture?

How do we use things in culture that can compare to other cultures?

How are families different?

Who are some important Americans?15-20 minutes

Student Instructions

Students view video Immigrant Overhaul.

Think pair share with partners.

4 Procedure

Activity: Exploring

Develop students word knowledge by matching meanings.

Students will place words in a chart to identify what they know.

Students draw pictures and write about a culture.

Student Instructions

MATCH EACH WORD TO ITS MEANING.

IMMIGRANT   LANGUAGE   CULTURE

TRADITION   SCIENTIST   

1. A SPECIAL WAY TO DO THINGS THAT IS PASSED FROM OLDER PEOPLE TO CHILDREN

 

2. A GROUP’S WAY OF LIFE

 

3. SOMEONE WHO COMES TO LIVE IN A NEW COUNTRY

 

4. A PERSON WHO USES TOOLS TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD

5. WORDS THAT PEOPLE SPEAK AND WRITE

5 Conclusion

Activity: Assessing

 

 

 

 

For homework place each word in the chart check the words you know then write a definition and check it in the dictionary.

     
     
     

CULTURE                 CUSTOM               DIVERSITY

TRADITION               IMMIGRANT          INVENTION

LANGUAGE               SCIENTIST

Student Instructions
  I Know Sounds Familiar I Don't Know
culture      
language      
traditions      

Put checks in the boxes of the words you know, then use a dictionary to learn what the words means.