Accordion Book for Comparing Cultures – Grade Four
For the teachers: Informational sources for the culture being studied.
For the students: Construction paper, scissors, glue, yarn, coloring utensils, hole punch, pencil, note paper and cardboard.
Encourage students to use the Internet to conduct research.
Have students turn the accordion book into a multimedia presentation (using multimedia software).
Use time line, spreadsheet, multimedia and graphic types of computer software.
Marzano, R. et al. Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2001.
In this lesson, students compare cultural practices and products of various groups who have settled in Ohio. Identifying similarities and differences enhances students’ understanding of and ability to use knowledge. This process includes comparing, classifying as well as the following:
Presenting students with explicit guidance in identifying similarities and differences.
Asking students to independently identify similarities and differences.
Representing similarities and differences in graphic or symbolic form.
Students are asked to create and use nonlinguistic representations. Nonlinguistic representations help students to think about and recall knowledge. This includes the following:
Creating graphic representations (organizers),
Making physical models,
Generating mental pictures
Drawing pictures and pictographs,
Engaging in kinesthetic activity.