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Lesson Plan

What is Culture? by ECSDM


English Language Arts (2005)

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 6th Grade



The term culture is used in a broad manner throughout our society. However, people are often confused about its true meaning. The exploration of the world’s many different cultures is essential in the new universal society in which we live. Comprehending how others exist, and how we perceive them, is an important measure in helping us to understand ourselves and to live in harmony with respect for others.


The following lesson is a precursor for sixth grade students studying ancient cultures of the world. Learners will acquire knowledge about ethnicity and diversity through the use of a SMART Board and other multimedia components. In addition, the instruction will enhance student note taking skills with the utilization of a graphic organizer and encourage individuals to create a personal collage representing their own cultures.


Students will be able to:

  • Describe the meaning of the word culture.
  • Distinguish between the material and non-material aspects of culture.
  • Create a collage identifying the material and non-material aspects of their own cultures.
  • Compose an essay identifying their unique cultures.


Approximately two forty-five minute periods


SMART Board, Projector, SMART Notebook Presentation, Graphic Organizer, Graphic Organizer Key, Video Clip - Culture: What is it? (Attached to SMART Notebook file), Collage Project Worksheet, Rubric


  1. Access the SMART Notebook presentation pertaining to culture.
  2. Direct the students to answer the following question in their notebooks: What is culture?
  3. Encourage individuals to share and write their responses on the SMART Board. (Slide 2 of the presentation)
  4. The students will be presented with a graphic organizer (What is culture? ) to complete while the instructor exhibits information about culture on the additional SMART Notebook files. The slides include a definition of the word culture and examples concerning the material and non-material aspects of culture. The teacher will check for understanding throughout the lesson by asking individuals the type of information they placed in the graphic organizer.
  5. A video clip, Culture: What is it? will be presented to the class. The students will be directed to continue to fill in the organizer with additional information from the film. This will entail the areas labeled, Video in the Material and Non-Material categories of the graphic organizer.
  6. A discussion will ensue in order to ensure that there is an understanding of the differences between the material and non-material parts of culture. Individual students will be asked to provide specific examples of material and non-material aspects of culture from the SMART Notebook presentation and the video clip.
  7. Students will then begin to brainstorm independently about their own cultures. The class will be directed to complete the second portion of the organizer labeled, Material Side of My Life and Non-Material Side of My Life.
  8. The students will be prompted to share personal information placed in their graphic organizers. (The material and non-material side of my life)
  9. The students will be assigned a culture collage project identifying the material and non-material aspects of their culture. In addition, individuals will be required to write a short essay explaining the elements of their collages. The class will then be provided with the Collage Project worksheet and the rubric. The instructor will exhibit an example of the collage (Slide 8 of the presentation) in order to emphasize the creation of a visually pleasing collage.


Click Below:

  • Culture Project
  • Culture Rubric
  • SMART Board

    This instructional content was intended for use with a SMART Board. The .notebook file below can only be opened with SMART Notebook software.

  • Culture Presentation
  • Support Materials

    Click Below:

  • Culture Organizer
  • Culture Organizer Key

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