Culture encompasses similarities and differences among people, including their beliefs, knowledge, changes, values, and tradition. Student will explore these elements of society to develop an appreciation of and respect for the variety of human cultures.

Kindergarten

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Identify personal attributes, such as physical characteristics, that are common to all people.

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Identify differences among people. 

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Recognize how individuals learn to do skills and customs from their culture.

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Recognize all cultures have family units where decisions are made. 

I

Understand that some differences among people are a result of their culture.

I

Identify similarities and differences in food, clothes, homes, games, and families in different cultures.

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Explain how means of transportation may be diversified in different cultures in response to the environment.

I

Compare family customs and traditions among cultures.

I

Describe customs of the local community.

I

Recognize contributions of different cultures around the world. 

I

Explain the value of family traditions and customs.

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First Grade 

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Recognize that culture is learned behavior that includes customs, beliefs, rules, life ways, language, food, and clothing.

D

Recognize people learn customs from their culture.

D

Explain the culture of the family and community.

I

Recognize people use diverse languages to communicate with one another.

I

 Define multiculturalism.

I

Explain the culture of a place.

D

Describe the importance of diverse beliefs, customs, and traditions of families.

I

Understand individual differences in languages, beliefs, and customs that may be unique to one’s culture.

I

Retell stories from diversely selected folktales, myths, and legends.

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Second Grade

I

Recognize most cultures preserve important personal and public items from the past. 
Culture of an Indian Nation
Culture Quest
Worlds of difference
helping children recover
definition of culture

I

Recognize communities have customs and cultures that differ.
Culture Quest World Tour
Cultural Heritage

I

Recognize patterns of cultural traits such as language, religion, and family structure.
Recognize A Pattern
Patterns

People Patterns

Culture Quest World Tour

D

Identify diverse cultural groups within the communities of Tennessee.
Tennessee History and Culture

I

Compare and contrast the cultures of Tennessee’s three grand divisions.
History of Tennessee
Tennessee anytime
library kids space
fifty states
native people of Tennessee

D

Understand that Tennessee’s culture has ties to other cultures in the world.
50 states

I

Recognize that cultures have strong traditions of loyalty to their region or country.
friends and flags

D

Compare the regional cultures of Tennessee to those of other states.

I

Identify and explain the significance of selected stories, poems, statues, paintings, and other examples of local and state cultural heritage.

I

Examine the effects of changing technologies on the local community and state.

M

Recognize diverse cultural neighborhoods within Tennessee and America.
Ben Guide-Neighborhoods

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Third Grade

D

Recognize that changes in culture occur through the spread of people, languages, ideas, and goods.
Culture Quest

D

Compare cultural differences in various regions of the United States and the world.
Culture Quest
Cultural Heritage

D

Describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.

Human Needs

GeoNet

I

Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.
Culture Quest

I

Identify and explain the significance of selected individual writers and artists and their stories, poems, statues, paintings, and other examples of cultural heritage from regions around the world.
Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs
Indian Fairy Tales

D

Explain the significance of selected ethnic and/or cultural celebrations in Tennessee, the United States, and other nations such as St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Kwanzaa.
North American Holidays

I

Retell the heroic deeds of characters from folktales and legends.
State Folklore

Myths and Legends

Tall Tales

Ethnic Folklore

Pecos Bill

D

Compare ethnic and/or cultural celebrations in Tennessee, the United States, and other nations.

Autumn Holidays

Scholastic Spring Holidays

Scholastic Winter Holidays

Scholastic Summer Holidays

Family Traditions

Holiday Explorations

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Fourth Grade

D

Describe cultures of Native American tribes.
Native Americans
Native American Culture
Native American Cultures

Native American Cultures

D

Explain how European settlers created a new culture.
What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States

D

Explore similarities and differences in how groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.

M

Compare how people from different cultures think about and handle their physical environments and social conditions.

I

Show different cultural regions on a map identifying such things as religion, language, and ethnicity.

I

Identify the reasons for the establishment of Spanish missions in early American history.
Spanish Missions of California
Regions: A Hands on Approach

I

Identify the similarities and differences within and among selected racial, ethnic, and religious groups in Tennessee.

I

 Identify customs, celebrations, and traditions of various cultural groups in early Tennessee.
TN History Point

I

Summarize the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups in the development of early Tennessee.
Tennessee

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Fifth Grade

D

Explain how some immigrants preserved their traditional culture and created a new American culture.

A

Recognize components of American culture (i.e., holidays, language, clothing, food, art, music, and religion).

North American culture

America’s Story: Fact or Myth Trivia Game

Comparing Cultural Norms and Standards

Year by Year

American culture

D

Explain governmental efforts to restrict immigrants entering into the United States.

D

Explain how art, music, and literature reflected the times during which they were created.

I

Give examples and describe the importance of cultural unity and diversity within and across groups.

I

Identify significant examples of art, music, and literature from various periods in United States history.

I

Describe how language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

I

Summarize the contributions of people of selected racial, ethnic, and religious groups to our national liberty.

D

Identify the similarities and differences within and among selected racial, ethnic, and religious groups in Tennessee.

D

Describe customs, celebrations, and traditions of selected racial, ethnic, and religious groups in Tennessee.

A

Analyze graphs to discover cultural trends (i.e., clothing, music, or radio sales).

Year by Year

Culture Quest: World Tour

Analyzing graphs

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Sixth Grade

M

Define the basic components of culture.

M

Identify how communities reflect the cultural background of their inhabitants.

M

Compare how cultures differ in their use of similar environments and resources.

M

Analyze how human migration and cultural activities influence the character of a place.

M

Define religion.

D

Describe the beliefs of the world major religions.

BBC Religions

D

Identify the founders of the world’s major religions.

D

Identify characteristics of a physical environment that contribute to the growth and development of a culture.

D

Evaluate the effect of technology on a culture.

D

Explain why individuals and groups respond differently to their physical and social environments.

D

Explain how information and experiences may be interpreted differently from people of diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference.

D

Describe instances in which language, art, music, belief systems, and other cultural elements can facilitate understanding or cause misunderstanding.

D

Explain and give examples of how language, literature, the arts, architecture, other artifacts, traditions, beliefs, values, and behaviors contribute to the development and transmission of culture.

M

Define cultural diffusion.

M

Compare different ways in which cultural diffusion takes place.

M

Construct a timeline of technological innovations and rate the importance of technological advancements.

D

Show through specific examples how science and technology have changed people’s perceptions of the social and natural world.

D

Describe examples in which values, beliefs, and attitudes have been influenced by technological knowledge.

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Seventh Grade 

M

Define the basic components of culture.

ArtLex on Culture

M

Explain how people living in the same region maintain different ways of life.

Regions: How They Form and Change

M

Identify how communities locally, regionally, and globally reflect the cultural background of their inhabitants.

Community in History

D

Analyze the role of cultural diffusion and interactions among Earth’s human systems in the ongoing development of Earth’s cultural landscapes.

Culture Diffusion

D

Identify and describe the location of major cultural attributes such as language, religion, political systems, economic systems, and population centers locally, regionally, and globally.

CIA World Fact Book

M

Define religion.

Regents Prep Religions On The Web

D

Describe the beliefs of the world’s major religions.

Religions of the World

World Religions

World Religion Chalkboard Challenge

D

Evaluate the role of religious beliefs on local, regional, nation-state, and global levels.

Places of Peace and Power

World Prayers

I

Identify characteristics of a physical environment that contribute to the growth and development of a culture.

Relationships With-in Places

M

Compare how cultures differ in their use of similar environments and resources.

 National Geographic: Endangered Civilizations

D

Evaluate the effect of technology on various cultures.

A Walk Through Time 

D

Explain how information and experiences may be interpreted differently from people of diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference.

National Geographic on Cultural Diversity

D

Describe how language, art, music, belief systems, and other cultural elements facilitate global understanding or cause misunderstanding.

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Eighth Grade

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Explain how people living in the same region maintain different ways of life.

D

Analyze how human migration and cultural activities influence the character of a place.

D

Discuss the development of major religions.

D

Define religion.

D

Describe the beliefs of America’s major religions and religious organizations.

D

Describe how religion contributed to the growth of representative government in the American colonies.

M

Identify the role diverse cultures had on the development of the Americas.

M

List the various cultures that contributed to the development of the United States.

M

Identify and examine perspectives of various cultural groups within early American history.

D

Identify specific technological innovations and their uses.

D

Construct a timeline of technological innovations and rate their relative importance on culture.


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Connie Campbell               Jefferson County Schools