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Delving Into Cultural Differences: A Lesson in People, Math and Geography. Sandra Gonzalez and Christina Seda Curriculum Project Education 200. Introduction. Gain awareness of cultural uniqueness while reflecting on their own cultural backgrounds.

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delving into cultural differences a lesson in people math and geography

Delving Into Cultural Differences: A Lesson in People, Math and Geography

Sandra Gonzalez and Christina Seda

Curriculum Project

Education 200

introduction
Introduction
  • Gain awareness of cultural uniqueness while reflecting on their own cultural backgrounds.
  • Create a curriculum that relates to children’s lives/identities
  • Meet CT Department of Education requirements and academic goals in Mathematics and Social Studies
objectives laying the foundation
Objectives: Laying the Foundation
  • Students will comprehend the geographical layout of the world while focusing on their native countries.

Justification:

CT Curricular Trace Maps: STANDARD 9; Places and Regions: Students will use spatial perspective to identify and analyze the significance of physical and cultural characteristics of places and world regions.

objectives laying the foundation cont d
Objectives: Laying the Foundation (cont’d.)
  • Broaden students’ spatial awareness: develop map and scale skills (coordinate system) to solve mathematical problems

Justification:

CMT Skills Checklist: Geometry & Measurement: B.2.

Create and read maps and use coordinate systems to specify locations

CT Math Curriculum Standards: Algebraic Reasoning: Functions

1.3: 5b. Identify the appropriate, operation or number sentence to solve a story problem.

Level 4 CT Trace Maps:

Ma4:5a Carry out simple math conversions

objectives taking a look at culture
Objectives: Taking a Look at Culture
  • Develop their evaluative and interpersonal skills:

Sift out, discuss, analyze and explain relevant

cultural information to the class

  • Develop their analytical skills:

compare and contrast cultural information.

Justification:

“[When children learn about one another’s identity it creates a positive, community oriented environment that has a positive effect on learning]”

-Rita Tenorio, “Brown Kids Cant be in Our Club”

“[Learning about one another’s culture helps students develop a respect for one another, and it gives them a chance to explore what they’re proud of]” –Ms. Rodriguez, Teacher, Grade Level 4. M.D. Fox

evaluation free write worksheet
Evaluation: Free Write Worksheet
  • Why is it important to develop map skills?
  • How do maps help you to think about culture?
  • Why do we learn about different peoples and cultures?
  • How are culture and identity related?
  • Compare one cultural tradition from your native country with one of your own.