How It Works: Children gain an awareness of the culture of five different areas -- Mexico, Japan, China, Africa and the USA -- by comparing the similarities and differences in customs, languages, literature and celebrations.Children make flags, murals, masks, jewelry, musical instruments, learn to count in other languages and prepare and sample new foods.Students work independently to plan and write their speeches, and create their visuals, and present them to the class.Assessments used are rubrics, self-assessments, and teacher observations.
Outside Resources: Public and school libraries provide literature selections and videos.
The Ocean Biome Breads from Around the World The Great American Melting Pot Catching on to Catcher in the Rye The Leaning Tower of Pisa Digging Into the Past The Real Way to Moolah Beach!
Tarantulas The Vision Contest The Darkling Beetle Creating a Poetry Web Site Are We Alone?
After initial instruction, the culminating activity can be repeated throughout the year to review literary concepts and enhance new pieces of literature.
Background lessons include the history of drama and biographical information about famous dramatists.