Lesson Plan: Culture and Me
By Rebecca Bidaure
Elementary Educator, Juan M. Guerrero Elementary, Guam
About This Lesson
The following lesson plan was developed as part of the Culturally Sustaining Education: The Micronesian Context professional development workshop held 24-26 July 2018. The workshop was held in Guam and made possible by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa in partnership with Chaminade University of Honolulu’s Center for Teaching and Learning, the Department of CHamoru Affairs and the Senator Antonio Palomo Guam Museum and Educational Facility, the College of Micronesia, Alik Translation Services, and Guampedia. All lesson plans developed as part of this series were authored by a Guam-based educator with contributions from workshop facilitators.
Elementary, 2nd Grade
40 minutes/day for one week
- Newspapers and magazines
- Construction paper
- People of Pacific Cultures, Guampedia.com
- Breadfruit Educational Productions. Breadfruit & Open Spaces
- “Breadfruit & Open Spaces”, by Dr. Lola Quan Bautista
- Teacher-made book showing foods and traditions of my CHamoru culture
With this activity, students will identify foods and customs/traditions from their culture.
- Identify traditional foods and customs from my culture
- Recount or describe key ideas or details
Guam and Common Core State Standards
- 2.1.1 Describe traditional food, customs, sports and games, and music of the place they came from with the help of family members or other adults.
- 2.SL.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
- 2.RL.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, when, where, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details
- 2.RL.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)s
- Technologically Literate, Effective Communicators, Academically Successful, Model Citizens
- Question/Answer Session
- Guided Practices
- Independent work
Using post-its, pose questions about kinds of food that are staples in our cultures and traditions each of us have.
- What kinds of food do we eat for celebrations? Holidays?
- See Guampedia’s Guam Fiesta Table
- What traditions do we have in our cultures for celebrations? Holidays?
**Students will write their answers on post-its and put their responses on a T-chart.
- Teacher will show students teacher-made book of foods and traditions of his/her culture; includes pictures, drawings, labels (in native language) cultural celebrations and holidays.
- Teacher will show Breadfruit and Open Spaces video to view some of the foods that we the Micronesian people eat.
- Teacher will then open up the link for Guampedia and browse through the various links that showcase traditions of the different cultures found in Micronesia, Philippines and other Asian countries.
- Once the video and Internet sites have been viewed, explain to the students that they will be creating a book of foods and traditions of our cultures (they can draw, get pictures from internet, use newspapers or magazines) with the help of teacher and parents.
- Students can work in pairs or individually to create their books.
- Students will present finished books to peers and will use as a display for United Nations Day held in October.
A recap of the activity and its importance to us and who we are. What are/were the favorite parts of the activity?
Methods of assessments
Formal, informal, student-generated, oral