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ERIC Number: ED461595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Cultural Awareness. Grade 1 Model Lesson for Standard 5. California History-Social Science Course Models.
Sing, Sandi; Stewart, Linda; Roth, Patsy; Porter, Priscilla
The students in California's classrooms live in a world of diversity. They eat unique foods, wear different types of clothes, live in different types of homes, and speak and hear many languages. This unit focuses on cultures, customs, ceremonies, traditions, foods, clothing, and shelter. These basic universal necessities of life--food, clothing, and shelter--act as a common thread weaving in and out of the stories of different cultures demonstrating that although U.S. citizens have varied backgrounds, everyone is a part of the same community sharing principles, goals, and traditions despite varied ancestry. The unit fosters an appreciation for U.S. diversity while helping students understand the interdependence that exists in this pluralistic culture; U.S. national identity, national heritage, and national creed are pluralistic and its national history is the complex story of many people and one nation, of "e pluribus unum." The suggested time for unit completion is 5 weeks. The lesson plan discusses the significance of the topic; lists focus questions; features literacy links; and provides information and student activities by dividing the topic into: "Beginning the Topic,""Developing the Topic," and "Culminating the Topic." It suggests assessment activities and extended/correlated activities. Extensive resources are listed for the sample topic and also for visual and performing arts, as well as for other topics. Appended are sample worksheets. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California