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#2735. Comparing Japan and US

Social Studies, level: Elementary
Posted Mon Nov 18 10:27:51 PST 2002 by Valerie Guetens (vgutens@somerset.k12.md.us).
Somerset County Schools, Crisfield, US
Materials Required: computers,internet access,Inspirations program
Activity Time: 45 minutes
Concepts Taught: Compare Cultures Around the World

Case 2, Task 2 Lesson Plan #2 for Valerie Guetens


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Lesson Title:
Comparing the USA and japan
Subject Area:
Social Studies
Teaching Method
Present
Active Learning
Problem-based

Audience Grade Level:
3
Lesson Purpose:
To have students determine the similarities and differences between the USA and Japan
Lesson Objectives:
1. Compare and contrast cultures
2. Manipulate data from the internet
3. Complete a concept map for comparison
4.
Educational Standards:
Compare and contrast cultures
WELES:
Frame Lesson Activity #1 (Introduction):
Explain to students that althouh people live in different places they many times have many things in common. Let students know that our job today is to explore what the United States and Japan have in common and what they do that is diferent.
Lesson Activity #1 (Introduction) - Supporting Web Information:

WELES:
explore Lesson Activity #2:
Students will visit the Cultural Connections web site and click on the flag for Japan. Their task is to list at least five facts about that country and also to download and save two pictures.
Lesson Activity #2 - Supporting Web Information:
http://library.thinkquest.org/50055/japan/japan.htm


WELES:
explore Lesson Activity #3:
Students will visit the Cultural Connections web site and click on the flag for USA. Their task is to list at least five facts about that country and also to download and save two pictures.
Lesson Activity #3 - Supporting Web Information:
http://library.thinkquest.org/50055/usa/usa.htm


WELES:
Try Lesson Activity #4:
Using the program Inspirations, students will complete a template for comparison to complete a web comparing Japan to the USA. Student will decorate the web with one of the pictures they have saved.
Lesson Activity #4 - Supporting Web Information:


WELES:
Lesson Activity #4:

Lesson Activity #5 - Supporting Web Information:


WELES:
Lesson Activity #6 (wrap-up):

Lesson Activity #6 (wrap-up) - Supporting Web Information:


Additional Notes:
www.mamma.com was the search engine I used to locate the Cultural Connections web site. www.inspiration.com was used for recommended activities for students using Inspirations