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Culturally Responsive Lesson Plan

Title: Cultures of Our Nation

Grade:  2

Subject: Social Studies

Duration: 40 minutes


Standards:  3.3:  Participates in a continuous and recursive cycle of learning that begins in

                            Immersion and continues with retrospection, revision and modification.

                    4.2:  Develops learning materials and lessons that utilize their imaginative       


Standard 2:        Culture Understanding

                           Students will develop cross culture skills and understanding.



Teaching Point: The purpose of this activity is to build self-esteem and allow students to become more aware of their rich cultures. It also allows for students to realize how their cultures have contributed to making America what it is today.



Goals/Objectives: As a result of these activities students will:-

  • Become aware of his/her culture (heritage).
  • Become more confident and proud of his/ her culture (traditions).
  • Become more aware of and appreciate the many cultures that have richly contributed to the wealth of our nation.




Motivation:   We will sing song “The World is a Rainbow”, and Teacher will emphasize the

                        uniqueness in the different cultures of our nation.



Resources/ Materials: 

  • Books with emphasis on cultures of the world.
  • Posters displayed on classroom boards, walls depicting our rich diverse cultures.
  • Records, tapes, for learning dances/songs easily obtained in teacher supply stores.
  • Items from students who are willing to share their cultures and set up displays in the classroom throughout the year.
  • Internet

Mini Lesson:


  • Teacher will begin by talking about her roots, and emphasize pride in it by modeling. (Teacher will discuss rationale of this ongoing lesson before hand with parents). Teacher will allow students to introduce themselves. Teacher will ask question such as:
  •  Which country is he/she from?
  • Can you tell us something that you like best about your culture?
  • How do you feel about living in America?



Accountable Talk: Students are introduced to words associated with cultures and our nation ex.

  • Culture
  • Heritage
  • Traditions
  • Nation
  • Diversity
  • Race
  • Ethnicity




Guided Practice: After students have identified their cultures/ roots, they will brainstorm

                            about the different cultures in the classroom. Students will decide as a class

                             community on what they would like to learn more about in these cultures.

  • Students will be given activities and placed in groups, while engaging in culturally sensitive games, crossword puzzles.
  • Another group will explore the internet for information about specific cultures determined by the group.
  • Students will use headphones to listen to recorded music from different cultures.
  • Students will participate in a variety of  cultural activities such as dancing, food sampling, and storytelling

This activity can take approximately 10 minutes of sharing everyday for at least one month in discussion time.


Independent Practice: Homework or individual class work, students will be given an assignment

                                     to write about the importance of their culture and why they should respect

                                    each other’s culture. Students will us e the internet to explore.


            Summary:     There was an enthusiasm that the class kept up throughout the entire lesson,

                                  including the group lesson. Everyone seemed proud and happy to share and

                                  learn something new from their peers.

  • Teacher will continue to praise students when learning dances, songs, and sharing different foods etc.
  • Students will show off their flags and cultural dresses during the annual Cultural Day celebration where parents will be invited.
  • Students will keep a journal as they continue to study and appreciate each of the cultures present as a follow-up and informal evaluation.






Student has developed a clear understanding of the different culture.


Student can identify many cultures.


Students are able to use technology independently and effectively for both homework assignment and individual studies.


Student has learned all of the new games and solves puzzles, and is able to explore the internet and obtaining results.




Student has some understanding, but do not fully understand the customs in each culture.


Student is able to identify some basic rules and values but is still unsure why they are different.


Student needs some assistance when using technology for both homework and independent studies.


Student has learned some of the games and solve puzzles but do not fully understand how to use and manipulate the internet. Works well with others occasionally in peer group setting.

Student has a limited understanding about the different cultures.


Student is unable to identify most of the cultures.



Student needs more assistance when using technology for both homework assignments and independent studies.


Student has completed at least one game but is still unable to solve puzzles, and needs assistance when using the internet. Encounters difficulty working independently, and seldom works well in peer group settings.


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