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Lesson 5: Culture & Society part 2: Cultural Exchange


Purpose: Students will learn and share about cultural exchanges in their own communities (socio-cultural awareness, self-awareness). 

LIA Themes: Cultural Enrichment, Team Building, Leadership

Setting the Stage

Display the quote on the board and have students respond to one of the prompts as they get in their seats. 

OPTIONAL: Play culturally relevant music as students enter the class.

OPTIONAL: Lead students in a midline crossing activity. Use Educational Kinesiology document to find useful resources. 

45-60 minute lesson


Students will

  • Offer their cultural knowledge as an asset to teachers (1.1.C.). 
  • Research current events that have a direct impact on their school, local, state, and national communities (1.2.B.)
  • Use reflection and metacognition to develop critical thinking skills (2.3).
  • Learn about, accept, and celebrate cultural differences (4.1). 
  • Provide objective general descriptions of concepts of observable and unobservable phenomena (WIDA ELD 4-5.Inform).
  • Share ideas about one’s own and others’ lived experiences (WIDA ELD-SI.4-12. Narrate)
  • Describe the parts and wholes of a system (ELD-SI.4-12.Inform)
  • Sort, clarify, and summarize relationships (ELD-SI.4-12.Inform)


Culture and Society part 2: Cultural Exchange

R.05 Slide Deck

Review objectives of the lesson with students (slide #5)
As students take their seats

Students will respond to the prompt in their journal / daily worksheet. Prompt suggestions:

  • What have you recently learned about your own history that helps you understand yourself more?
  • How has your environment shaped who you are today? 

Provide 5-7 minutes for students to write their reflections. Display a timer on the board if able. 

OPTIONAL: Ask students to share reflections. They can pair-share, group-share in tables, or volunteer responses to the class. 

For virtual class: 

  • Allow students to use the chat, a discussion board, or unmute their microphones to share responses with the class. 


Lesson steps

  • (I Do, We do) Ask students to define or provide examples of cultural exchange (slide #6). Write their answers on the board.
    ADAPTATION: have students write answers in their journals before sharing out to provide thinking time. 

OPTIONAL:  Show cultural exchange video (slide #7). Ask students to provide examples after watching the video. 

  • (You Do) Students they will work together to create a visual representation, such as a poster, of cultural exchange. (slide #8)
  • Explain the roles each student will contribute to the group work (slide #9)
  • Explain the information students will research and put on the poster (slide #10). The instructions should remain visible as students think of examples.
    ADAPTATION: adapt the prompts and examples on slide #10 to your family, community, and state/region. 

Reflection: WHAT? | SO WHAT? | NOW WHAT? (slide #11)

Initiate reflection using the questions below. Students can reflect quietly or in writing before sharing out in pairs, as a group, or as a class. 

  • What? What were your thoughts and feelings as you participated in this activity?
  • So what? Why do you think it’s important to know about the culture surrounding you?
  • Now what? What will you do with what you learned about cultural exchange today?

Virtual Class Adaptations:  

  • Conduct the lesson on an established LMS or use tools such as FlipGrid, Canvas, Miro, Google Classroom, or other interactive platform. 
  • Create a padlet and allow students to type their culture sentence into the padlet. 
  • Invite students to use the chat option to share their responses. 


Exit ticket: Students complete one of the following prompts

  1. Something new I learned about cultural exchange is…
  2. Today I learned…

In Person Class Assessment Options:

  • Write responses on a sticky note and place in a designated space in the classroom. 
  • Write in a journal / daily worksheet. 
  • Share out loud/with their groups

Virtual Class Assessment Options:

  • Discussion assignment on LMS.
  • Virtual board such as jamboard, miro, Zoom Whiteboard, etc.
  • Create a video on Flipgrid or Canvas.



  • Provide an example of a culture sentence to scaffold the expectation for students.
  • Have students write their responses to each question in a journal or worksheet before sharing out loud. 


  • Conduct research or read Sonia Sotomayor’s history. 
  • Vocabulary support. Students enhance vocabulary by using a search engine or thesaurus to find synonyms for their descriptive words. 
  • Students present their posters to the class or archive them in a place accessible to other students. 



Cultural Exchange Values Local Customs

Competencies and Skills

21st Century Skills Skills for Learning and Life
Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Global Awareness, Information Literacy, Flexibility, Initiative, Social Skills Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Social Engagement

Lesson Materials 

R.05 Slide Deck

Construction paper / blank white paper

Small poster boards