Subject:

Childhood

Thematic Scenario:

You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby

Contexts\Outcomes:

Students explore childhood activities and preferences from various cultures.

Learn from Selected Countries/Cultures:

Cultural aspects of raising children in selected country.
Typical childhood activities/games played in selected country.
Impact of cultural practices on childhood preferences in selected country.

Strategies:

Individual:
Each student participates in "show and tell." (favorite toy, book, etc.) compared to childhood favorites in selected country.
Types of baby pictures taken in various cultures.
Pair Activities:
Students work in pairs to survey favorite toys, books, activities of classmates and children from other cultures..
Students work in pairs to compare/contrast various cultural childhood likes/dislikes and share findings with class.
Cooperative Learning:
Student groups compare and contrast "then" and "now."
Students work in groups to compile and chart the results of the survey.

Assessments:

Written Project:
Each student writes a letter to a prospective exchange student about his/her childhood and preferences that meets specified rubric criteria.
Oral Presentations:
Students can work individually or in groups to write a rap, nursery rhyme, or show 'n tell to meet specified rubric criteria.

Resources:

Internet resources/research/connections
Skype
Social networking
Podcasts