The theme of this unit is learning about communities all around the world. Each pair of students will be assigned a different country to research. After learningabout their communities and other communities around the country, it will be timefor the students to explore others around the world. Each pair of students will becreating a travel brochure about their country. Before they create a brochure aboutanother country, they will complete a mini brochure about their culture to get thechildren thinking about the meaning of culture.
The theme will be introduced by asking the students if they have ever been toanother country before. We will discuss what things are similar and different. For the students who haven’t we can talk about if they ever wondered what it is like tolive in another country. The students will be motivated to think about how childrentheir age live such as what they wear, eat, what they do in school and what they doin their free time. They also will be excited to get the chance to be teacher for theday and to teach the class about all they learned about their community.
As each pair of students is learning about their country, they will be learning how todo research and at the same time the students will create a travel brochure. For thisreport, the third graders will research a different country and their travel brochurewill include native foods, language, population, clothing, education, historicalevents, popular tourist attractions and so on. Students are thrilled to present their brochures as they travel around the world for this project. The students will achievethe learning objectives because they will be learning about social, political,geographic, economic and historical characteristics of the world’s people's andcultures.LEARNING OBJECTIVES1. Students will be able to describe what culture is and be able to identify aspects of their own culture2. Students will learn about the social, political, geographic, economic and historicalcharacteristics of the world’s people's and cultures.3. Students will be able to explain in the ways world communities are similar or different4. Students will learn that world communities are made up of different customs, beliefs,traditions, people, problems and ideas.5. How we can use maps to identify a country or a community6. How to create a travel brochureSTANDARDS New York State standards:Standard 2Key Idea 1: The study of world history requires an understanding of world cultures andcivilizations, including an analysis of important ideas, social and cultural values, beliefs,