World Cultures
  • ACTIVITIES USING THE NEW STATE OF THE WORLD ATLAS.  by the Center for Teaching International Relations. University of Denver, 1985. Contains activities using maps in the atlas. Exercises cover issues such as resource scarcity, human rights, etc.
  • ANIMAL FABLES AND OTHER TALES.  Retold by Enid D'Oyley.  African World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, 1986.  Stories from the rich body of African oral tradition which survived on the American continent.  Stories come from Brazil, Haiti, and the United States. 
  • ART FROM MANY HANDS: Multicultural Art Projects.  By Jo Miles Schuman.  Davis Publications, Worchester, Mass., 1981.  Take a trip around the world and discover the arts and crafts of many cultures.  Step-by-step instructions and full color photographs for 37 projects. Add sparkle to your social studies and geography lessons with authentic activities such as Urkranian egg painting, African batik, and Cuna Indian molas.  Grades 3-Adult.
  • ART:  A Cross Cultural Study.  New York:  Educational Design, 1980. Art, a universal cultural trait of all people, is explored in this filmstrip unit.  The program uses a global dimension to determine the universality of art, the differences between fine and folk art, and the role of art in our daily lives.
  • BAFA, BAFA:  A Cross Cultural Simulation.  by R. Garry Shirts.   Del Mar, CA: Simile II, 1977.   A simulation on the meaning of culture, designed to give participants experience in observing and interacting with a different culture.  Grade level:  8-12.  Eighteen to thirty-six players, 1-2 hours playing time.
  • CHILDREN ARE CHILDREN ARE CHILDREN.  by Ann Cole, et al.  Boston:  Little, Brown, and Co., 1978.  Lots of activities for teaching about Brazil, France, Iran, Japan, Nigeria, and the U.S.S.R., foods, crafts, music, holiday, games, and many more.  Elementary, middle.
  • COMPARATIVE WORLD ISSUES.  Grades 1-12 Comparative Studies Series by Steven L. Lamy. Center for Teaching International Resources, University of Denver, 1981. Focuses on the global issues of inequality and technology, human rights and basic human needs. It is a comparative global perspective on the process of development from an industrialized and non industrialized nations perspective.
  • COMPARING CULTURES.  By John W. Pickering.  J. Weston Walch, Publisher, 1990.  Designed to engage students in the study of cultures different from their own, this book of reproducible activities looks at people from Bolivia, France, the Soviet Union, and Korea.  The similarities and differences in the cultural development are explored through letters and other personal accounts.  Activities acquaint students with the social science concepts necessary to contrast various cultures, including customs, traditions, technology, and values.  After studying the structures of modern societies, small groups of students are encouraged to create their own cultures, originating languages, laws, family compositions, tools, and holidays.  Grades 4-9.
  • COMPARING CULTURES.  J. Weston Walch. 1994.  Designed to engage students in the study of cultures different from their own, this book of reproducible cooperative-learning activities looks at people from Bolivia, Canada, Russia, and Korea.   Similarities and differences in cultural development are explored through letters and other personal accounts.  Activities acquaint students with customs, traditions, technologies, and values of cultures.  Small groups of students are encouraged to create their own cultures, each with its own special language, customs, calculating system, clothing, and mode of transportation.  Grades  5 - 8. 8 1/2" x 11". Revised edition. 89 pp. of other subject areas. 
  • CREATIVE HOLIDAYS.  by James R. Clemens.  Carson:  CA.  Educational Insights, 1978.  Contents:  Introduction and table of content cards and 136 creative holiday cards, divided by the twelve months.
  • CROSS-CULTURAL LEARNING IN K-12 SCHOOLS:  Foreign Students as Resources.  National Association for Foreign Students Affairs, Wash., D., 1982.  An informational packet outlining strategies for foreign students in school studies.  It contains information on filmstrips, a manual of suggestions for utilizing foreign students and guidelines for administrators.
  • CULTURAL AWARENESS FOR CHILDREN.  By  Allen, McNeill, and Schmidt.  Give a class firsthand contact with the customs of other cultures. Cook the food, make the crafts, and celebrate the holidays of communities around the world.  Use these units as a complete global awareness curriculum. Units include Hispanic, Southeast Asian, African and African American, and Native American.  Includes a complete background and resource list for teacher information and student participation. Grades K-5.  
  • CULTURAL CONFLICTS:  Case Studies in a World of Change.  By Edward Lerner.  A series of cultural change situations from around the world.  Students are given background information, scenarios, and fictitious characters.  They act out roles to see the human dimensions of major issues.  The cultural areas and issues include Japan -- Individualism vs. Corporate Life; India --  The Caste System;  Central America -- Reform or Revolution; and nine other case studies.   Grades 5 - 12.  
  • CULTURAL JOURNEYS: 84 Art and Social Science Activities from Around the World.  By Margaret W. Ryan.  Learning Publications, Holmes Beach, Florida, 1989.  Introduce your students to the study of cultural anthropology.  Guide them in recreating artifacts from cultures around the world integrating science, geography, and art.  Your students discover economic, geographic and other social science concepts, and the experience and the excitement of cultural diversity.  Each lesson offers three activities: 1)clay, 2)weaving, twining, and basket making; 3) painting and drawing.  Grades 7-12.
  • CULTURAL SIGHT AND INSIGHT:  Dealing with Diverse Viewpoints and Values.  by Gary R. Smith.  GPE*, 1979.  How people view and evaluate others.  The more than 24 lessons cover such topics as the roles of women in India, Navajos caught between two worlds, and labels placed on people.  Illustrated  Grades 6-12.
  • CULTURE'S STOREHOUSE:  Building Humanities Skills through Folklore.  by Judith M. Barnet. Intercom #90/91, GPE*.   In this multidisciplinary sampling of folklore for middle grades, the class will encounter, in different cultural settings, common human themes such as ambition, trust, deceit, and harmony with nature.
  • CURRENT ISSUES:  Critical Issues Confronting the Nation and the World.  1986. Contains background information on domestic and foreign policy issues during the Reagan administration. Questions developed for discussion and debate.
  • DAYS TO CELEBRATE.  by Ruth Allan Miner. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Philadelphia, Penn., 1978.  Suggestions for honoring memorable, multi-ethnic people and events for several dates during the year.  Elementary-Junior High.
  • ETHNIC CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD.  Good Apple. 1991.  Creative activities explore the historical and modern festivals of 16 countries. Explaining the origins of 100 festivals, the book stresses that people throughout the world are alike in many ways.  Students design a surfboard for Australia's Sydney Surf Carnival, bake poppyseed cookies for Israel's Purim, draw a family tree for Mexico's Day of the Dead, write a bibliography for Kenya's  Kenyatta Day, and carve a boat from soap for Taiwan's Dragon Boat Festival.  Last section devoted to Christmas Day Around the World.  Grades 3-8. Illustrated. 8 1/2" x 11. 154 pp.
  • EVERYDAY WORDS FROM OTHER LANDS: A Language Activity Workbook.  by Kristin Kalsem. The Perfection Form Company, 1983. This text presents words that have slipped into the mainstream of everyday usage from 14 different languages. Twenty eight lessons with supplementary activities enhance word understanding and usage.
  • FACES AND PLACES IN UNICEF’S WORLD.  produced by UNICEF* Contains:  Script for filmstrip, filmstrip on "Faces  and Places."
  • FAMILIES IN A GLOBAL AGE.  by Victor Smith. Indiana University, Bloomington, 1976.  Six units designed to help students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to live as citizens in an interconnected world.  The content focuses around universal themes such as Families and Communities.  Junior High.
  • FAMILY:  A Cross-cultural Study.  New York:  Educational Design, 1979.  The family as a concept is viewed in a worldwide perspective in this filmstrip program.  Nuclear and extended families are compared, as are marriage customs, child rearing practices and care for the aged in various cultures throughout the world.  A teacher's guide contains objectives, filmstrip summaries, and questions.
  • FOUNDERS AND MESSENGERS.  Pictorial Charts Educational Trust, London.  Full-color posters present the historical roots of four major world religions -- Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Christianity -- focusing on each religion's founding figure and one major interpreter of the founder's core teachings.  Emphasizes the way religions grow and adapt to changing historical circumstance. Posters combine photographs of paintings, sculptures, and religious artifacts with a brief text to depict the lives and beliefs of founding figures.  Explanatory notes included.  14 1/2" x 19 1/2".
  • GEOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVES. By Heidi Hursh, Ron Schukar, and Barry Simmons. CTIR Publications, 1994.  This new book is a complete rewrite of the previous popular CTIR book on geography.  Ten new activities!  The need for students to understand the geographical features, relationships, and problems of the world in which they live has never been greater.  While there is little argument about the importance of geographic literacy, there is much debate about how geography should be organized, what should be taught, and the best ways to teach it.  The guiding principle behind this project is student-centered instruction in geography.  Activities include Geography: The Big Picture,  Geography Literacy, Geography and Economic Planning, and International Environmental Politics.  Reproducible handouts.  Grades 6-12.
  • GESTURES: THE DO’S AND TABOOS OF BODY LANGUAGE AROUND THE WORLD.  By Roger E. Axrtell.  Containing a wealth of interesting information about international behavior, this book is designed to help increase awareness of the ways in which people react to different gesture and body lanuages.  
  • GLOBALCHILD:  Multicultural Resources for Young Children.  By Maureen Cech.  AddisonÐ Wesley Publishing Company, 1991.  Encouraging handsÐon exploration of diverse cultures, this collection of more that 200 activities draws together music and dance, games. food, clothing, and art to promote cultural awareness in young children.  The lessons revolve around the universal themes of harvest, masquerade, festivals of the light, the new year, and spring.  Grades K-3.
  • HOLY PLACES.  Pictorial Charts Educational Trust, London.  What do Jerusalem, Mecca, the Ganges, and the Golden Temple at Amritsar all have in common?  They are some of the holy places of four of the world's major religions:  Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism.  Using text and photographs, these four full-color posters explore the traditions and beliefs which have made these places sacred.  Teacher's guide consists of reproducible, background notes for class use.
  • IDEAS FOR TEACHING ABOUT CONTEMPORARY WOMEN IN AFRICA, ASIA, AND LATIN AMERICA.  By Susan Hill Gross.  St. Louis Park, MN:  Upper Midwest Women's History Center, 1993.  Introduces women development concepts and raises the awareness of the importance of a focus on women in development and gender analysis.  Examples and case studies from non-industrialized countries.  It includes a video called HOLY PLACES.  Pictorial Charts Educational Trust, London.  What do Jerusalem, Mecca, the Ganges, and the Golden Temple at Amritsar all have in common?  They are some of the holy places of four of the world's major religions:  Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism.  Using text and photographs, these four full-color posters explore the traditions and beliefs which have made these places sacred.  Teacher's guide consists of reproducible, background notes for class use.In Her Image,.  165 pp.  Upper Midwest Women's History, 6300 Walker St., St. Louis Park, MN 55416.
  • INTERDISCIPLINARY GUIDE FOR TEACHERS.  By Barbara G. Schutz-Gruber and Barbara Frates Buckley.  Teachers and students can join the exploits of tricksters such as Coyote, Maui, Jack, and Tortoise with this new teacher's guide and audio cassette.  Explore the trickster in four different cultures--Native  Americans in the Southwest, Europeans, Zambians in Africa, and Pacific Islanders-- in this multicultural, interdisciplinary storytelling resource.  One complete unit is provided for each culture. Grades K-8, 109 pp. teacher's guide, 8-minute audio cassette. 
  • LAUGHING TOGETHER, GIGGLES AND GRINS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.  Compiled by Barbara K. Walker. Four Winds Press, New York, 1977. A collection of jokes, riddles, and funny anecdotes from around the world show the similarities in human nature.  Elementary.
  • LEARNING ABOUT PEOPLES AND CULTURES.  by Seymour Fersh(ed.)   Evanston:  McDougal, Little and Company, 1974.  Imaginative introduction to anthropological concepts, including changing views of ourselves in the universe, variety of human viewpoints, communications between cultures, and new ways of looking at cultural patterns.
  • LEARNING ABOUT PEOPLES AND CULTURES.  Edited by Seymour Fersh.  McDougal, Littell and Co., 1989.  A dynamic, imaginative introduction to anthropological concepts, including the changing views of ourselves in the universe, the variety of human viewpoints, communications between cultures, and new ways of looking at  the cultural patterns.  Entertaining selections "Captain Stromfield's Visit to Heaven," "The Nacirema" combine with serious anthropological articles to bring the reader to a consideration of the essential unity of the human race. 
  • LEARNING ABOUT PEOPLES AND CULTURES: Teacher's Guide.  By Seymour Fersh.  McDougal, Littell and Co., 1989.  This teacher's guide is to be used with the text LEARNING ABOUT PEOPLES AND CULTURES.
  • PASSPORT TO UNDERSTANDING.  By Kaaren Gray.  CTIR Publications, 1991.  Have your students prepare their own passports and then take them on a journey around the world.  Using childrenÕs literature, the activities in this publication take students to Japan, Africa, the Caribbean, Russia, and the Arctic.  The environment and economics are explored, emphasizing the interconnectedness of these issues.  Contains activities such as Alphabet Soup, WizardÕs Magi, Do You See What I See?, The Night it Rained Pancakes, and The Big Snow.   Comb-bound, with reproducible student handouts.  Grades K-6.
  • PEOPLE AND THE PLACES WHERE THEY LIVE.  National Geographic Society, Washington, DC., 1981.  Teacher's Guide, 3 filmstrips and cassettes that introduce different cultures and environments.
  • PLAYTIME:  A World of Recreation Handbook.  by Sara Staff Jernigan and C. Lynn Vendien.  McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1972.  A 300-page methods guide to games, dances, and songs from 68 different countries around the world.
  • PORTRAITS OF THE NATIONS SERIES.  Harper Collins Publishers, New York, NY, 1991.  Spanning the globe to explore different countries and cultures, these accessible written books map the country's geography in detail and show how land can influence people's traditions, dress, customs, faith, and daily lives.  Frequent black-and-white photographs, period artwork, and maps are intertwined with informative narrative to outline the nation's history, major figures, myths, and development, culminating with discussion of the current challenges facing the country in an increasingly interdependent family of nations.  Insights into such high-interest topics such as language, foods, and sports are offered in "mini-boxes" throughout the book.  Grades 6 and up.
  • RAFA, RAFA.  New York:  Educational Design, 1979.  A less complex version of Bafa-Bafa.  Grades 4-8.
  • READERS' THEATRE: A REAOURCE HANDBOOK.  Stevens and Shea Publishers, INC., 1993.  This resource provides teachers with an important tool for involving students in writing and oral reading.  Folktales offer a rich source of materials for multi-cultural understanding and the teaching of values.  Contains 23 summaries of folktales which can be used by both teachers and students to write their own version of stories.
  • SHARING THE WORD:  Scriptures of the Great Religions.  Pictorial Charts Educational Trust, London.  Sixteen full-color photographs illustrate this 29" x 39" poster, celebrating the power of the written word in Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism Sikhism, and Taoism. For example, one photograph depicts Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags inscribed with texts from the Buddhist scriptures and hung to seek blessings and help from the Buddha.  Photographs and informative captions cluster around a map showing the geographic origin of each religion. 
  • TALKING  WALLS.  By Margy Burns Knight.  Activity Guide co-authored by Thomas V. Chan.  Explore the theme of walls around the world with this storybook and activity guide.  Includes 14 walls that separate or hold communities together.  Stresses connections between the classroom and the outside world. Grades K-8. 40 pp. hardboard book. 80 pp. activity guide. 
  • TEACHING ABOUT ETHNIC CONFLICT:  Global Issues.  by Steven L. Lamy.  CTIR*.  Fifteen activities examining the roles of ethnic differences in nations around the world.  Grades 7-12.
  • TEACHING THE MUSIC OF SIX DIFFERENT CULTURES.  By Luvenia A George. World Music Press. 1987.  A practical teaching guide filled with lesson plans, resource lists, and specific strategies for introducing students to African, African American, Native American, Hawaiian, Jewish, and Mexican and Puerto Rican cultures through recordings, films, songs, contemporary music.  Employs an active approach--combining history, recordings, films, songs, contemporary music, and easily found or made instruments-- to encourage students to participate in the music and understand it as a cultural expression.  An 80-minute audiocassette presents selected musical examples.  Grades 4 -12. Index. Illustrated. Revised edition. 236 pp. 
  • THE HOUSES OF MANKIND.  by Colin Duly.  London:  Thames and Hudson, 1979.  This illustrated paperback describes the startling diversity in housing and structures used by folk cultures around the world.  Photographs show mud huts, cliff dwellings, bamboo cottages, and other elaborate structures in Africa, the Americas, Oceania, and Eurasia.  Social and religious factors are examined which influence house construction and technical elements such as local building materials, climate, and economic function.
  • THE NEW BOOK OF WORLD RANKINGS.  by George Thomas Kurian. This book is a unique and comprehensive international scoreboard that shows precisely how more than 150 countries stack up in terms of strength, population, wealth, crime, technology, sports, finance, culture and hundreds 
  • THE NEW STATE OF THE WORLD ATLAS.  by Michael Kidron and Ronald Segal. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984. This resource provides a graphic view of the world from a sociological and global perspective. Timely information about military resources, economics, and environmental concerns. 
  • THE WORLD ATLAS OF REVOLUTIONS.  by Andrew Wheatcroft. Simon and Schuster 1983. Examines causes, success and failures of revolutions by using maps, photos and text to illustrate 35 case studies in violent change over a period from 1765-1980. Some areas covered include Ireland, India, China, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.
  • UNIVERSALS OF CULTURE.  by Alice Ann Cleaveland, Jean Craven, and Maryanne Danfelser.  Intercom #92/93.  GPE*  Nine "universals" of culture provide a framework for better understanding of any culture and help to highlight basic human commonalties.
  • VALUES AND MUSIC:  Some Comparisons Between The U.S., China, and Japan.  CTIR*, 1978.   Gary R. Smith.  The thirteen activities in this unit are designed to help students recognize that a country's music both reflects and reinforces cultural values.  It is not intended to be an extension or comprehensive treatment of either the U.S. or Asian music.  Activities illustrate socialization through music and facilitate the process of learning about one's own culture through exposure to other cultures.
  • WHAT IS AFRICAN ART?  By Ben Burt.  This chart is designed as a resource for teaching art at Key Stages 2-4, with a cross-curricular approach which looks at the historical and cultural context of art in Africa, and means in the West.  This Teaching Guide is an abridged version of the resource pack What is African Art? 
  • WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE YOU?  A guide to looking at the world that teaches how maps and globes can make locating a specific place easy.  Readers discover the best way to get to a favorite pizza parlor or the setting of a storybook.  Almanac information about the seven continents and a glossary are included.  95 pp.
  • WORLD CULTURES:  A Theme Guide to K-12 Curricula, Resources, Activities, and Processes.  Bay Area Global Education Program, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1984.  Aims to teach students about the complexity of cultures, their interdependence, and the ways in which individuals affect and are affected by culture. Includes activities, lessons and supplemental resources.