Accordion Book for Comparing Cultures – Grade Four
During this lesson, students are asked to work cooperatively. Cooperative-learning grouping has a powerful effect on student learning. This type of grouping includes the following elements:
Face-to-face (social) interaction,
Individual and group accountability,
Interpersonal and small group skills,
Group processing skills.
Students should be comparing cultural practices and products of the various groups studied throughout this lesson, even thought there is a designated “Comparison Discussion” section in the lesson. The cultural comparison section of the lesson can be conducted as a discussion or in conjunction with students recording the information in a format of the teacher’s choosing (i.e., notes, graphic organizers). The recorded information could also be used to write an essay as an addition to the post-assessment.
Ask members of the community or parents for help in discovering more knowledge about the culture you are studying.
Attachment A, Accordion Book Rubric