Elements of a Culture and Their Influences


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Elements of a Culture and Their Influences

  1. 1. KSD Social Studies – Information Literacy Unit (Grade 6) Elements of a Culture and Their Influences Date August 2004 Unit Overview Title Elements of a Culture and Their Influences Unit Summary Students learn the Big 6 process, Encarta Researcher, and asking Essential Questions in order to understand cultural influences. Special focus on defining task definition and asking insightful questions. Standards Essential Academic Learning Requirements: Social Studies Frameworks: G3.2 Analyze how the environment and environmental changes affect people G3.3 Examine cultural characteristics, transmission, diffusion and interaction G3.1.2b Explain how the actions and interactions of human societies affect and are affected by the environment with regard to air, water, and land issues G3.2.2a Explain how the physical environment impacts how and where people live and work G3.2.2b Examine how technology can affect people’s interaction with the environment (Human/Environment Interaction, Region, Movement) G 3.3.2a Identify the many groups and subcultures that exist within large societies and the ways they interact (Location, Place) G3.3.2b Explain how some forms of cultural communication contribute to societal cohesion and/or division (Five Themes) G3.3.2c Identify how people develop their understandings of culture through the exchange of ideas, art, music, natural resources, and goods and services Social Studies Inquiry and Information Skills: 1.1.2a Formulate an essential question in the social studies 1.1.2d Recognize relevant facts and ideas in social studies documents; evaluate bias of sources/authors; classify information as fact/opinion 1.1.2e Take notes, paraphrase, summarize, enter data 1.1.2f Create a product that uses social studies content to support findings; present product in appropriate manner to a meaningful audience 2.1.2a Articulate a particular perspective/value orientation; demonstrate content knowledge; listen critically and build upon the ideas of others Other: KSD Curriculum Frameworks (or SLOs): Writing Focus: Social Studies Frameworks: Other Information Literacy and Technology Literacy Focus (Big 6) Task Definition: Information Seeking Strategies: Location and Access: Use of Information: Synthesis: Evaluation: KSD Technology:
  2. 2. KSD Social Studies – Information Literacy Unit (Grade 6) Elements of a Culture and Their Influences Student Tech Standards: • Use URLs, bookmarks, and/or links to access the Internet • Create one or more curriculum-related multimedia projects • Making appropriate technology resource choices according to learning purposes and outcomes Learning Outcomes o Culture is a learned system of shared beliefs and ways of doing things that guides behavior. o Cultural differences affect world events and our daily lives. o Time, location, events and people shape cultural beliefs and practices. Essential Question(s): • What are the elements of culture? • How do time, location, events and people shape cultural beliefs and practices? Evidence of Learning Students will be able to compare and contrast the cultures from different regions of the world. The gray rows below indicate optional activities. Unit Implementation – Plan Learning Experiences and Instruction Instructor Instructional Activities Time Grouping Scaffolds Assessments Teacher Optional: You might want to 15 min. Class have students keep a Design/ Idea Book – similar to a journal throughout the unit. Tips for an Idea Book can be found at: • Design/Idea Book - Project Based Learning • Using Journals in Project-Based Lessons Librarian Big 6 Overview Time Class For more Big • Big 6 Handout will 6 information vary on or activities, • Bright Bird Allegory need, see • Big 6 Quiz & Puzzle 1-4 document periods below: Intro. to Big 6 Teacher Optional Android Introduction 30-60 Class activity. Used to introduce min. characteristics of human Android Intro culture
  3. 3. KSD Social Studies – Information Literacy Unit (Grade 6) Elements of a Culture and Their Influences Teacher or Review the definition of 15-35 Small Librarian culture. The textbook defines minute Groups culture as “a learned system s KWHL Chart of shared beliefs and ways of doing things that guides a person’s daily behavior." Use the K-W-H-L chart to guide brainstorming. • "K" to activate prior knowledge • "W" to brainstorm what they need to know • "H" to plan how they will research their culture • “L” for follow up after the learning takes place Show the United Streaming lesson on Culture: What is it? For a more complete definition. Make connections to the Big 6 Process: Defining Task and Information Seeking Strategies. Teacher or Give the students an 30 Class Librarian overview of the Unit and min. projects. Teacher If necessary, review elements Time Class Peace Corps of culture already taught. Use will Lesson Plans Textbook People, Places and vary on to examine Change Ch.3, and student need. elements of book of Storypath. An culture: optional, excellent resource • Features for culture is the Peace Corps of lesson plans (see worksheet Culture links at right for specific activities). Have students • How review key culture vocabulary does terms. Students can use: fold- where notes from the appendix R-2 you live of the textbook. influenc e how you live? • Compar e/Contra st U.S to Another Culture (or any two countrie s)
  4. 4. KSD Social Studies – Information Literacy Unit (Grade 6) Elements of a Culture and Their Influences Teacher Optional Activities (see embedded document at right): Student Developed Essential Questions Essential Questions and and Socratic Seminar Socratic Seminar Librarian Research Process/Activities: *These Class • Encarta Researcher lessons Partners can Individuals • Critiquing resources occur • Websites for research prior to or o KSD Social during Studies the o Search Resources unit. • Copyright Activity • Citing sources NoodleBib Librarian or PowerPoint Presentation Partners Teacher Project Essential Questions PowerPoint Rubric PowerPoint Teachers Assignment conference with Project Planning partners and As students work through the Sheet collect research research process you might notes etc. as want to have them use the formative Big 6 organizer to reinforce assessment the Big 6 process. throughout. Teacher/ librarian Partner PowerPoint 1-2 Class Presentation Options: periods • Students present to class • “Gallery Walk” – students rotate around on computers viewing all projects • Invite a panel of “experts” in to view
  5. 5. KSD Social Studies – Information Literacy Unit (Grade 6) Elements of a Culture and Their Influences Teacher/ Optional Individual Intro- 1 Class Rubric librarian Android Project: period Resources: Culminating Students will work individually Project.doc to write a letter to the Project Individual RubiStar Android, answering the big time essential question. will Project Based vary Learning In their Design Idea book students should record their Post final plan. Also have students use Class letters on a the Big 6 organizer to bulletin board reinforce the Big 6 process. The following page may also Project plan for all students (and other be helpful: school http://www.biopoint.com/msla/ members) to research.html read. Accommodation Options ELL / IP Students Use Essential Questions list Highly-Capable Students Make a movie, which shows your response to the Android and incorporates the original Android video clip. Prerequisite Information/Skills Chapter 3 of text book and/or other lessons on culture definition should be completed prior to this lesson. Materials and Resources Required for Unit Adopted Print Materials: People, Places, and Change, Storypaths Student book Adopted and other Audio/Visual: CNN video: "Geography: Yesterday and Today” Supplemental Resources (including Internet resources): • http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/educators/lessons.html • http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/educators/resources.html • http://www.glef.org/modules/PBL/howpbl.php (Project Based Learning Info.) • http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/wjhs/depts/socialst/ams/Skills/SocraticSeminar/SocraticSeminarI ntro.html (Socratic Seminar Info.) • http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/adayinthelife/png1.html Socratic Seminar Text) Supplies: Technology – Hardware (Click boxes of all equipment needed.) Computer(s) VCR Projection System Printer Video Camera Camera Digital Camera Scanner Video Conferencing Television Laserdisc Other       Technology – Software (Click boxes of all software needed.) Word FrontPage KidPix Excel Internet Explorer Inspiration PowerPoint SchoolKiT Clicker 4 Publisher Encarta Image Blender/Photo Editor eLibrary Elementary eLibrary Proquest
  6. 6. KSD Social Studies – Information Literacy Unit (Grade 6) Elements of a Culture and Their Influences United Streaming Video Teacher Notes: Authors Name Email School Role th Daniel Armatas Daniel.Armatas@kent.k12.wa.us Millennium Elementary 6 Grade Teacher Mimi Vosper Mimi.Vosper@kent.k12.wa.us Glenridge Elementary Librarian