Structures & Cultures
These activities—designed primarily for students in grades 3-8—help students discover how everyday objects and architectural elements can be used to study different cultures.
What would an anthropologist make of your toothbrush, your school locker, or a Halloween jack-o-lantern? Examine the material culture and artifacts of your life.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but whose words are they? Zoom in on how the opinions and biases of photographers can color the images they take.
What defines you: your ethnic background, the region you live in, your age, or your gender? Correct answer: All of the above. Assemble the pieces of your identity in a cultural chest.
When people move, they take along more than their personal possessions. They also transport their culture. How have your family and your neighbors influenced the community you live in?
One of the best ways to learn about a culture is to look at the objects its people use. What can you tell from the object alone? And what do you gain by seeing it in use?
When you think of your family's traditions and beliefs, what special objects come to mind? Would the meaning and value of these objects be clear to someone from another family or culture?
Every November, millions of people celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. ... in a cornucopia of different ways. Look at the role personal expression plays in shaping culture.