These lessons takes a thematic approach in connecting Internet projects for students in grades 3-6. This page link many sites that highlight diverse cultures. Many of the projects and lessons are interdisciplinary. The projects and lessons provide teachers and students with opportunities to develop an understanding of the rich diversity of cultures around the world and their contributions to the richness of our lives while guiding students in becoming lifelong, globally knowledgable learners.
A good idea that I have used in creating Internet lessons is to begin the lesson with concepts and skills taught in the traditional classroom. The lessons and projects developed here are divided into topics. Each topic is interdisciplinary in that the subjects intertwine with each other. There are online and offline activities where designated. These projects will enhance reading, writing, oral communication skills, social studies, science and mathematics, as well as providing greater understanding of the potential for this technology
- understand currency or type of money exchange
- convert US dollars into French, Italian, German, and Spanish equivalent
- calculate and convert money into acceptable currency from another country
- two weeks
- currencies from different countries (can be purchased at major banks)
- products to purchase
- converter device
- conversion charts
- computer with Internet connection
- The teacher should go to a bank before presenting the lesson and purchase currency from different countries.
- The teacher should set up a model classroom store with objects with differenct price tags in different currencies.
- Label each item to be purchased with each currency, name of coin and country of origin.
- The students will practice using the conversion charts to figure out the equivalent US currency or amounts on the different price tags.
- Students will practice role playing the customers and merchants in order to practice conversion skills.
- Students will go online to calculate and convert currencies from different countries. The website, Universal Currency Converter is found at http://www.xe.net/currency.
- Students will complete activity sheet.
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Topic: Making a Classroom Cookbook
Subject Areas: Science, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Technology
Objectives:The students will:
- experience new tastes, textures and smells of different foods
- learn about healthy eating by planning, shopping for, and preparing recipe book.
- expand their vocabulary in cooking-related terms
- explore weights and measurments
- combine ingredients and observe change
- value heritage and experience sampling of a variety of foods from different cultures.
- prepare and sample international foods
- create a hard copy and electronic classroom cookbook utilizing favorite family recipes collected from classmates.
- join an online project to electronically send the recipe book out on the web.
- one to four weeks
- variety of international cookbooks
- cooking tools
- mixing bowls
- measuring spoons and cups
- whisks and spatulas
- ice cream scoops
- cutting boards
- sharp knives (handled only by teacher and other adults)
- paper cups, plates, napkins
- plastic spoons, forks, and knives
- baking pans or casserole dishes
- electric frying pan
- toaster oven
- hot plate
- computer with Internet connection/access
- digital cameral
- email software/account
- integrated software program
- Hyperstudio or other presentation program
- web browser
- grocery section of newspaper
- Teacher will introduce a simple international recipe. Students will also have a copy of the same recipe.
- Teacher will go over the recipe, listing the main points, then completing the recipe.
- The class will locate the country on a map or globe that the recipe originated.
- Students will be assigned to research different foods, depending on their country.
- The students will choose, plan and calculate the cost of a simple recipe using grocery ads or going online to a grocery store site.
- Students may choose to collect the money for the teacher to buy the ingredients or students may choose to bring in appropriate ingredients.
- On the designated day, the students will prepare recipes and display in a presentable fashion.
- Each student will sample the foods, then vote on the favorite food from each country to be sent to the Internet project "Munch a Lunch."
- The teacher will subscribe to the Global Schoolhouse listserv - "Munch a Lunch" at: http://archives.gsn.org/hilites/0799/msg00001.html.
- The students will create electronic cookbook using Hyperstudio, PowerPoint, or simple slide presentation.
- The title of the projet is "Munch a Lunch.
- Students will log on and mail info to Susanne Ricchio mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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Topic: All About My Neighborhood
Subject Areas: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Math, Technology
Objectives: The students will:
- become aware that they are part of a larger community outside the school
- learn about online classmates from areas across the US and from other countries
- create a neighborhood map and submit drawings with essays
- demonstrate an understanding of cardinal direction terms and the ability to read and construct a basic map with map key
- calculate approximate distances between two places
- year long. Weekly submission of materials
- computer with Internet connection
- software paint program
- empty boxes, i.e. cereal, shoe, milk carton, etc.
- craft paper - various colors
- digital camera
- 12 X 18 colored tagboad
- word processing program
- email software
- Students will takee walks through the neighborhood with the teacher. They will take notes and make sketches of different businesses, churches, homes, parks, and other areas of interest.
- Students will take photos as points of references
- After returning to the classroom, students will draw map of area while centering on the area around the school; adding places that they observed during the walk.
- Students will make three-dimensional maps of the neighborhood by covering the empty boxes with different colors of craft paper to represent buildings.
- Students will label streets and landmarks, then place the box-buildings on the flat map in relations to the streets.
- Students will take pictures (using digital camera) of their finished products and print out.
- Using a paint program, the students will draw the map from their 3-D model and add cardinal directions and key.
- Using a word processing program, students will compose an essay describing interesting places and activies where they live.
- Students will insert pictures in the essay taken with digital camera of different sights around city, neighborhood or town.
- Students will include time zones, climate, important land masses and latitudinal and longitudinal locations on map.
- Teacher should register class online at the homepage of "The Friendship Club" at: email@example.com. The URL for this site is http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Meadow/7195/friend2.html#friend
- Students will communicate online with other students describing interesting places where they live. The will also submit drawings and participate in the Friendship Club Activites.
- A traveling autograph book, mascots, membership cards, and certificates will be sent to participants to enable them to include a paragraphm about their community.
- Using a map-making program or using a bulletin board, students will keep track of where the participants of the Friendship Club are located around the globe.
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