Comparing Cultures Teacher Resources

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Comparing Cultures: Hawaii and Japan

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Children around the world may have cultural differences, yet it is an important reminder that they also have many similarities! Designed for a class of first-graders in Hawaii, this library research project has learners compare and...
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Comparing Cultures

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Young readers compare two stories/cultures, identifying how they are alike and different. They share their own version of a well-known story and adapt it to another culture. They explain their adaptations.
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Compare and Contrast Cultures

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Using informational text to make cross cultural comparisons is a great way to build a global understanding and comparative analysis skills. With several handy worksheets and a Venn diagram the class will read to make cross textual...
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Cultural Connections: The Tapestry of Life

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars use a variety of media to explore culture as the accumulation of beliefs, learned patterns of behavior, institutions, and values. They examine how to identify, compare, and appreciate the traits of various regions and...
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Oklahoma! The Cultural Myth of America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore cultural myths in America by collecting images and characteristics of stereotypical Americans. They read a primary source document, discussing the views of the author in class. Next, they compare the terms used to...
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Tell Me a Tale: Lesson 4

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders compare and contrast folktales. For this comparative analysis lesson, 5th graders compare "Brush Alligator Meets Trouble" with "The Lizard." They use the texts to review word wall words and vocabulary. 
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Home Away From Home

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Learners compare and contrast their family with the familes of other students in their class. They complete a comparison of the various ways in which their culture is different from another learners. Drawing on this experience, they...
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Tell Me A Tale: Lesson 10

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders read folktales and discuss how the folktales from different cultures are alike and different. In this folktales lesson plan, 5th graders also fill out a comparing and contrasting worksheet.
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The Hopi Indians

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders read and look at maps of the Hopi Indians and compare and contrast their lives with the Hopi Indians. In this Hopi Indians lesson plan, 4th graders learn about different cultures and answer short answer questions.
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Comparing Cultures

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use the Internet to discover the cultures and customs of Nepal, Japan, or the Mentawai tribe of Indonesia. They compare their customs to customs in the US. They write paragraphs imagining that they are visiting people of these...
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Writing Exercises: Early Japan I

For Students 7th - 9th
Consider the factors and outcomes of societal changes that occurred during the Japanese Feudal period. Critical thinkers use what they know to answer three short essay questions. This helpful worksheet is a great tool for building...
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For the Record

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students read a New York Times article in order to examine the importance of cultural artifacts. They create essays from the point of view of one cultural artifact to demonstrate the knowledge they gained by doing research.
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Comparing Cultural Dances

For Teachers 2nd
All cultures express similar thoughts, feelings, and ideas. But, often times those things are expressed differently. Learners compare and contrast traditional dances from two cultures. They watch videos of each performance, stop to...
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Comparing Cultures

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders interpret maps and identify cultural characteristics of North American and South American communities. They then classify cultural characteristics as economic or social. Printable worksheets are included. 
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Native Americans

For Teachers K
Students explore Native American cultures. In this cultural comparisons lesson, students participate in several activities that compare and contrast the culture of the Hopi and Comanche Tribes.
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Let's Celebrate Christmas

For Teachers K - 1st
A fun holiday lesson, this would be a perfect plan for right before the class holiday party. Begin by brainstorming everything your class already knows about Christmas, then read the book Christmas by David F. Marx. Include all of your...
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Family

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Family traditions are the focus of a lesson that explores the lives of children in India and those in your classroom. Scholars examine their own family roles and traditions, then respond to an informative text detailing a young girl's...
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Cultural Research Activity

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Class members explore cultural diversity through a variety of texts that showcase the importance of traditions. Then, they interview their family members to research their own cultural background and write their findings on quilt pieces....
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Comparing Cultural Holidays

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners discover facts about the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. In this compare and contrast lesson, students explore Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Learners create an alter to memorialize a family member or friend that has...
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Comparing Cultures

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the nature of culture, and compare/contrast various cultures and their artifacts and ceremonies. They develop a class list of artifacts, complete a worksheet, and create a poster or diorama describing an object that is...
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Stories Share Similar Scenes

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders are able to compare versions of the same stories from different cultures. They read a version of Cinderalla that is familiar to students. Students make a list of the acts of kindness or goodness from the story they just...
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Dear Pen Pal

For Teachers 1st - 6th Standards
Explore cultures from around the world with an engaging pen pal resource. Through a series of classroom activities and written correspondence, children learn about the favoritec pastimes, schooling, geography, and weather that is...
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Discovering Your Heritage

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students interview a family member about their heritage. They listen to and record part of their family's oral history. Students also create and label a family tree going back a minimum of two generations and compare and contrast...
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Cultural Awareness/ Sharing Traditions

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learners discuss topics relating to how their families celebrate holidays and observe certain religious customs. In this cultural awareness lesson, students work in groups to share their cultural traditions, the list similarities and...

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