Connected Cultures
Age 7-9: Concept 4 - Relationships: Unit 3

In this unit, your child will discover the unique cultures of India, Mexico, and China. She will observe ways that each culture has influenced the United States and even her own community. She will design a "Museum of Culture" to highlight various aspects of these diverse cultures so that others may learn more about them.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be used in conjunction with the literature unit Iggie's House.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: People Around the World
  • Lesson 2: Culture in India (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Mexican Culture (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Chinese Culture (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Culture and Your Community (3 Days)
  • Lesson 6: New to America
  • Final Project: Museum of Cultures (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Describe how science and technology have changed communication, transportation, and recreation. (Science)
  • Explain how science and technology have changed the ways in which people meet basic needs. (Science)
  • Identify uses of natural resources. (Science)
  • Compare similarities and differences among cultures in various communities. (Social Studies)
  • Compare similarities and differences between self and others. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences among families in different communities. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the contributions of cultures to your communities. (Social Studies)
  • Identify historical figures and events associated with various cultural traditions. (Social Studies)
  • Identify multiple roles performed by individuals in their families and communities. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the contributions different cultures have made to society. (Social Studies)
  • Obtain information about a topic using a variety of visual sources such as pictures, graphics, television, maps, computer software, literature, reference sources, and artifacts. (Social Studies)
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