Culture Definition: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:05 What is Culture?
  • 0:34 Religion
  • 1:04 Language and Art
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Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

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Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

What makes a group of people special and different? In this lesson, learn the definition of culture and how different practices and traditions come together to create culture.

What is Culture?

You may have heard the word culture before, but do you know what it actually means? Think about what makes you and your family special. What language do you speak? What traditions and beliefs do you have? Do you enjoy special foods and wear clothing to represent your family or history? The culture of a group of people is the traditions and beliefs that they practice in their daily lives. The fact that there are different cultures found throughout the globe is what makes our world so wonderful!

Religion

Religion is a set of beliefs and practices, usually focused on how people live their lives and what happens after life is over. Most religions believe in one, or several, supreme beings or gods. There are many different religions throughout the world. Religion is a huge part of culture because it often influences people's behavior and daily life. Some major religions of the world include Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism.

Language and Art

The world is full of thousands of languages, and this is an important aspect of culture. Written and spoken words have been used for many years to pass down stories and ideas from one generation to the next.

Language is used to create literature, another element of culture. Literature is writing that is created as a form of art. Poetry and fiction are examples of literature. In Ireland, a special type of poem called a 'limerick' is a symbol of Irish culture.

Art can take other forms besides writing. Many cultures are known for their amazing artists and styles. For example, mosaics are works of art created by placing tiny pieces of stone or glass together to create a picture. This art form is believed to have begun in ancient Greek and Roman cultures.

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Additional Activities

Picture of My Culture

Students will reflect on themselves and their own family's culture while completing this activity based on the lesson.

Materials

  • Multiple magazines from which students may cut out pictures
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions

  • After students view the lesson video, encourage them to spend a few minutes thinking about their own family culture. They should think about:
    • Their family's religion and any religious practices they follow.
    • What types of art they have in their house and what language they speak in the home and/or outside of the home.
    • Do they have any special, traditional meals they really enjoy making?
    • Is there a special type of music that the family listens to on special occasions like weddings?
  • After your students have been given some time to reflect on these ideas, give them access to the magazines.
  • Instruct your students to create a collage of their own culture using images they find in the magazines.
    • Allow students creativity in how they create the collage.
      • They may want to make the collage in the shape of a person to represent themselves within the cultural images.
      • They may want to fill a page with collage images.
  • Allow time for students to present their collages to the class (or to you independently). They should explain each image chosen to represent their culture.

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