Lesson – How Do Many People Make One Nation?
Grades: 1 / CHSS Standards:
1.5 Students describe the human characteristics of familiar places and the varied backgrounds of American citizens and residents in those places.
- Recognize the ways in which they are all part of the same community, sharing principles, goals, and traditions despite their varied ancestry; the forms of diversity in their school and community; and the benefits and challenges of a diverse population.
- Understand the ways in which American Indians and immigrants have helped define Californian and American culture.
- Compare the beliefs, customs, ceremonies, traditions, and social practices of the varied cultures, drawing from folklore.
California is a remarkably diverse state. The California Department of Education identifies sixty-five different language groups spoken among today’s public school students. And this population diversity is not a new development. This set is meant to provide sources to showcase California’s historic population diversity. Recognizing and appreciating the diversity in our students, families, community, and nation is an important and sometimes difficult task for teachers. By examining and acknowledging students’ religion and beliefs, traditions and customs, ethnicity and racial identity, family structure, and disabilities and abilities we can help students develop empathy for others in the classroom.
The images in this inquiry set span a wide range of years in California. Teachers can help students see that California has always been a diverse state. The suggested activity for this inquiry set gets the whole class making observations together, hearing each other’s thoughts and experiences as one more example of the diverse perspectives in California’s population.
Spotlight on Primary Sources:
The following activities make use of a diverse set of primary source items selected to help young learners explore families of California.
Let’s explore each of these.