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5E Model based for easy lesson planning! Everything you need for an entire FUN, week-long unit on Culture!

These lessons can be adapted to fit either a student’s own personal culture or used as a final assessment at the end of a unit on a particular culture around the world. The student directions are left ambiguous so you can decide how best to utilize this project in your classroom.

Includes: 3 PowerPoint Presentations, a Teacher Quick Reference Guide, Teacher Answer Key, 10 Student Handouts, 3 rubrics, student examples, 3 projects, and an Assessment.

1. ENGAGE- Culture Survey Lesson

Manu Martian has crash landed on earth and is utterly confused about our way of life. Poor Manu Martian does not understand anything happening around him! Students help Manu adjust to his new home by completing a personal culture survey. Then they view the world from a Martian's point of view and write original and unique clues about cultural features here on Earth. Other students then have the opportunity to guess what part of our culture is described. A fun lesson for all levels!


2. EXPLORE- Create a Culture Wordle

Students love this project as they create a word collage using a free internet program exhibiting their understanding of a culture. The easy to follow student directions lead to a low-stress day in the computer lab for the teacher.

The directions are written so this can be applied two ways. It can be used for the students to make a project using themselves as the subject. Or, students can show what they have learned about a specific culture they have studied.

3. EXPLAIN: Introduction to Culture Lesson

A thorough introduction to the idea of culture and the vocabulary words associated with it. A graphic organizer is included to be utilized in a student's interactive notebook. This lessons begins with giving student's a chance to think about different cultures around the world and then follows with definitions, pictures, and examples of nine vocabulary words. Includes a journaling prompt at the end for summary time in your class. A student handout is included which allows students to apply their knowledge to a real world culture.

4. ELABORATE-Create a Culture Collage

Create a unique culture collage! A fun project for intermediate and middle school once students are familiar with the concept of culture. This lesson can be adapted to fit either a student’s own personal culture or used as a final assessment at the end of a unit on a particular culture around the world. The student directions are left ambiguous so you can decide how best to utilize this project in your classroom.

5. EVALUATE- Culture Assessment and/or Design a Culture Barbie

Fun and creative project for all age levels that promotes higher level thinking! Student's create a design for a culture doll that will be marketed to collectors. They research different cultural traits and create a sample product including dress, accessories, and explanations. This can be applied to any culture studied throughout the year. Can be used as an alternative summative assessment instead of a test at the end of a unit as well. Expectations can be adapted for all grade levels.

Fifteen multiple choice questions, including photographs and charts, to assess your student's knowledge at the end of a unit on culture. Best suited for intermediate and middle school classrooms. Includes concepts on culture, cultural diffusion, ethnic groups, and cultural traits. Could be used as a homework assignment to gauge student learning as well.

Vocabulary covered: culture, cultural traits, similarities and differences, tradition, custom, compare and contrast, ethnic group, majority group, minority group, diversity, multiculturalism, culture region

Hope you and your students enjoy! Please check my TpT store for more great lessons I am adding all the time. Thanks!

Each activity is also available as an individual product in my store if it better suits your classroom needs.
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Complete Culture Unit- US or World Cultures
Complete Culture Unit- US or World Cultures
Complete Culture Unit- US or World Cultures
Complete Culture Unit- US or World Cultures