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Grade 3 - A Country of Cultures

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Video Storyline:  The U.S. has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. Some of our heritage comes from the Native Americans. We’ve also been culturally enriched by the immigrants that have moved here. From all these groups we’ve learned about new customs and cultures.

Video length: 14:31 minutes.

Learning Resources with this Video*

Quiz – PDF and online

Customs and Celebrations Worksheet

Draw A Scene

Universal Resources

National Standards

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Classroom Ideas 

A Country Of Cultures

Greetings Around the World

Explore different ways to greet people across various cultures (bowing in Japan, saying Hola in Cuba, Bonjour  in France, etc.).

 

Independence Day around the World

Compare/contrast celebrations such as Independence Day in the U.S., Bastille Day (France) and National Revolution Day (Cuba). Explore the similarities and differences between these celebrations.

Explore Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video.

Music

Listen to music from different countries.

Visual Learning

Offer videos to struggling learners as another way of creating knowledge and accessing information. 

International Cuisine

Explore signature foods from various cultures such as Mexico, Italy, and France.

 

Local Festivals

Have students research cultural festivals at the local, state, and national levels. 

Cloze Practice

A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.

Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.

 Answers:  oldest; 240

Alternatively, you could have students create 5-10 cloze statements and they could share those with the class.

A third alternative is to distribute the cloze worksheets before watching the video.  Students can fill them in as they watch.

Art and Social Studies

Draw a scene from the video.

Classroom Ideas for ALL Videos

Here are dozens and dozens of ideas that you can use in your classroom along with our videos!

Topics Covered In This Video

The U.S. has a rich and diverse cultural heritage thanks to the different groups who live/came here.

There are many groups like Native Americans, slaves, and immigrants who added to American culture.

Each group has their own heritage and  culture.

Having many ethnic groups has made the U.S. a multicultural society.

This diversity shows up in art, architecture, cuisine, dance, music, and written works like poems, fables, & stories.

Videos in this Series

Grade 3 - How Government Helps Our Communities

Grade 3 - The Geography of Our Communities

Grade 3 - I Am A Consumer

Grade 3 - Businesses At Work

Grade 3 - The First Americans

Grade 3 - How The Country Was Settled

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Grade 1 - Families and Neighbors

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