Activity #1 by Frank J. Parisi

Guiding Question: What is culture?



Objectives:
  • Students will understand the concept of culture using online resources and classroom books to create a glogster showing the elements of culture.
  • Students will find and research two different media sources to learn about culture.
  • Students, working in groups, will create a class Wiki and upload the information they have collected.

Procedure:
  1. Students will view videos, read articles and books on culture.
  2. Students will develop their own resources and will find two video and two article resources.
  3. Students will keep a journal to identify the different components of culture such as art, music, food, clothing, science and technology, architecture, animals we use, transportation, sculpture, beliefs, ideas, laws, language, behavior, religion, etc. using their own resources.
  4. Students will list ways, in a Google doc, how geographic location and resources would effect culture.
  5. Students will upload the information they have researched and their responses to class questions to the class wiki.

Materials:
  • Computers and an online connection
  • Journal notebooks
  • Class Wiki from Wikispaces.com

Resources:


Activity #2

Guiding Question: What is culture?


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Objectives:


Students will learn about different cultures by using Skype to connect with classrooms around the world.
Procedure:

  1. Students will work in groups to develop a survey of questions to help the students learn about new cultures in Google Forms or Survey Monkey.
  2. Students will Skype into classrooms, from around the world, and ask their questions to the teacher and students. (teacher will first model this procedure)Students will answer their own survey and compare their answers to the answers from their Skype (www.skype.com) interviews.
  3. Students will create a class wiki, a voice thread or video to answer the guiding question and will incorporate all their resources into that project.
  4. Students will be assessed on the connections they made with their own culture and to their global partners that they surveyed using authentic assessment.
Resource:

Materials:
  • Computers and an online connection
  • Survey sheets
  • Google Forms
  • Survey Monkey