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Making Cultural Connections Through Research

Course, Subject

Home & Careers, Career Development and Occupational Studies

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


  • Teacher evaluates student and team reflections.
  • Teacher/student-created rubric is used in evaluations.


Christie DeCesare, Melissa Dixon, Patricia Molloy, and Carol Varsalona.


3–4 weeks

Essential Questions


  • Who am I as a citizen?
  • How do I find out what I want to know?
  • How do I develop the skills and abilities that I need to be successful in a career?



  • Students develop self-management skills for researching a topic.
  • Students develop critical thinking skills.
  • Students develop effective interpersonal skills.


  • Students discuss “What does a good researcher do?” “What career opportunities are available for researchers?” “What is culture?”
  • Students form research teams based upon their cultural background or interest.
  • Teacher and students identify what they want to know about culture and create a rubric for the finished product.
  • Library media specialist provides information on obtaining information from the library, online, and from community resources. Information is also provided on primary and secondary sources.
  • Students gather information from different sources.
  • Students organize and manage their information for presentation.
  • Students present information in both oral and written forms.
  • Students create a “Cultural News and Views” newsletter for school wide distribution.
  • Students reflect on the teamwork process for task completion.

Materials / Resources


  • Internet access
  • Word processing and desktop publishing software
  • Library resources
  • Computer and printer
  • Human/Community resources

Comments / Modifications

This inclusive project accommodates various learning styles within a group.


Christie DeCesare, Melissa Dixon, Patricia Molloy, and Carol Varsalona. “Making Cultural Connections Through Research.” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 82.

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