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What is Culture?

6th Grade Social Studies

Jerry Lubos

on 25 August 2015

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Transcript of What is Culture?

Before we start learning
about GEOGRAPHY...
But first let's briefly introduce our study of
World Cultures
So what is culture?
it describes human behavior
it is something we learn and pass down to each generation
it is in the thoughts & knowledge in the minds of people
its tied to the ENVIRONMENT we live in
It's important to know there are
types of Culture...
This is
material culture
things or objects that humans have shaped for their use
think about the minerals, animals, plants, and seeds we use to make items of value
Guess what each of these images represent...
This is
non-material culture
beliefs, ideas, actions
"what we do & why we do it"
What else can we add?
What is Culture?
Mr. Lubos
If we needed a simple definition...
...it is a way of life explaining where we live, how we live and who we are. It is what gives our life meaning and structure.
Zulu warrior skins
Korean furniture
"Christ the Redeemer" statue in Rio de Janiero
Ancient Peruvian weaving
Rickshaws in India
Native American tools
Khmer (Cambodian) jewelry
Islamic prayer
Buddhist meditation
Beliefs on morality/equality
Hebrew language
Mandarin Chinese language
When you think about it different cultures have different ways of doing the ______ things!:

Goro people (India/Bangladesh)
Nigerian traditional dres
Bulgarian traditional dress
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta
Ancient mosque in Agedes, Niger
Hindu temple in Bali, Indonesia
Former president George W. Bush with King Abdullah of Saudia Arabia
Barack Obama with Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko of Japan
Nicolas Sarkozy (France) and Angela Merkel (Germany)
Charles, Prince of Wales
Mehrdad Karam Zadeh of Iran "refused" to shake hands with Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge - why?
The Elements of Culture
Social structures
Customs & traditions
The Arts
Belief systems & religions
Forms of government
Study your accompanying worksheet & flashcards! (Scroll down & view visual examples)
Social classes, family patterns
Norms & expectations, dress, food, education, history
Spoken & written
Literature, sculptures, architecture, paintings
What - who - how?
What - who - how?
Goods & services, science & technology
Sports, games, dance, music
I can identify and describe common traits that define cultures
I can explain the difference between material and non-material culture
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