Lesson Plans (nat geo): IS A SMILE ALWAYS JUST A SMILE?


Lesson Plans

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Earth and its people are not only divided by physical formations (such as oceans, mountains, and continents), but also by separate nations and cultures. People are often so familiar with their own customs that they become ethnocentric about how people are “supposed” to behave. This lesson introduces students to many subtle differences that must be appreciated in order to function socially, academically, and professionally in a multicultural world. [Note: Differences also exist among different cultures within the United States, but this lesson looks at broader international cultural distinctions.]
Connections to the Curriculum:
Geography, social studies
Connections to the National Geography Standards:
Standard 4: “The physical and human characteristics of places”
Standard 6: “How culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions”
Standard 10: “The characteristics, distribution, and complexity of Earth’s cultural mosaics”
Three to four hours


Materials Required:
  • Computer with Internet access [Note: If Internet access is not available to students in class, use copies of the Web site materials listed below under “Related Links,” and have them do additional research at home or in the library.]
  • Flip chart, chalkboard, or large sheets of paper
  • Writing materials
  • Tape measure(s) or yard stick(s)
  • Presentation software, such as PowerPoint (optional)
Students will

  • identify gestures that have significantly different meanings in various cultures;
  • identify the problematic implications of giving gifts across cultures;
  • identify appropriate interpersonal space considerations in various cultures; and
  • appreciate that different cultures may vary in viewing personal proximity, gestures, gifts, and expressions as polite, neutral, or rude, and that this can have an impact on international friendships and business encounters.
Geographic Skills:
Asking Geographic Questions
Acquiring Geographic Information
Organizing Geographic Information
Answering Geographic Questions
Analyzing Geographic Information




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