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  • 1. By
    Stacie Evans
    Celebrate our Differences
  • 2. Indicator: 1.3.8
    Human Systems: Compare cultural similarities and differences, such as family traditions and customs, and the traditional clothing and food of various ethnic and cultural groups found in Indiana. (Core Standard)
    Geography Strand
  • 3. Culture: the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.
    Similarities: an aspect, trait, or feature like or resembling another or another's.
    Differences: the state or relation of being different.
    Custom: an established way of doing things.
    Definitions
  • 4. compare similarities and differences in customs, foods, play, recreation, and celebrations of families in the community.
    Students will:
  • 5. 1. Give each student a sheet of white drawing paper. Place art
    supplies where they can be easily shared.
    2. Tell them that they are going to draw a picture of their family.
    3. Suggest that they draw a picture of a special custom or
    celebration that they do together as a family.
    4. Encourage students to write about the activity on the picture.
    5. As students are drawing, circulate around the room and ask
    students to explain why they chose to draw that activity.
    Activity: Drawing Family Portraits
  • 6. 1. Divide students into small groups to share their family portraits.
    2. Encourage students to talk to one another about their portraits,
    who is in them, what they are doing together, and why the
    activities are important to them.
    3. Encourage students to ask each other questions about their
    portraits and find out as much as they can about each other.
    4. Gather students back together into a large group.
    5. Ask students to volunteer information about their families.
    As students talk about their families and celebrations, write
    the information on the chalkboard and ask the class questions
    such as: “Does anyone else celebrate [insert name of holiday]
    like this? How is this family different from yours?”
    Group Discussion
  • 7. 1. Cover a bulletin board or large wall with the mural paper.
    2. Tell students that they are going to draw their family
    celebrations on the paper to create a mural.
    3. Have small groups of students take turns working on the mural.
    4. Encourage those students who are not working on the mural
    to ask questions of the students who are working.
    5. As students are taking turns drawing and questioning, circulate
    and assist students with their art or their inquiry.
    Mural Painting
  • 8. Thanksgiving / Deborah Heiligman: Discusses the origins of Thanksgiving Day and how people around the country share traditions and celebrate today.
    Celebrating Hanukkah / by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith: Presents the history, traditions, and significance of Hanukkah as it is celebrated by a Jewish family in San Francisco
    Simeon's fire / CathrynClinton: Able to hear, see, and feel things that no others can, Simeon Zook finds himself in the midst of a dangerous mystery on his Amish farm as barns suddenly become ablaze and family animals are put at risk, causing him to put his Amish traditions aside and use his hidden gift to find out who is to blame for such evil doings
    Literature
  • 9. Literary information taken from http://encore.evpl.org
    Definitions taken from: www.dictionary.com
    Activity taken from: http://www.indianastandardsresources.org/files/soc/ss_1_5_5.pdf
    References