MCCC SS060401, Page 5, has an excellent set of definitions of culture. For example:
“Culture is a set of shared values that manifest themselves in the behavior and artifacts of a given group.”
“Culture is the thoughts, behaviors, customs, and things we produce and the methods we use to produce them.”
We will focus on the idea of culture as a shared set of mental rules about how to behave in a particular place (and time). This definition allows us to ask a very important geographic question about culture – “Are these particular cultural ideas appropriate in this environment?”
We will examine this first by looking at several examples of cultural adaptation to specific environmental conditions. These are just models – teachers should feel free to substitute other places they might know well, or videos and readings they think might work better in their classes, or even guest presentations and internet swaps.
Then we will look at what happens when people enter an environment where their cultural ideas do not work well. Part 4B examines the flip side of that idea – how a cultural invention can make some places more desirable and reduce the value of other places, which in turn can cause economic booms, recession, human migration, and even conflict.
Finally, we will look at several kinds of cultural change – spreading into different environments, changing to adapt to new conditions, and following leaders who propose specific kinds of change.
- BI2 N America big idea presentation background for the activities
- BI2 N America clickable miniAtlas
- 6th 2C N America work map and keywords
- US5 Culture of Pioneer presentation
- US5 Whats In Your Wagon activity set
- US3 Lewis Clark Environment presentation
- US3 Lewis Clark activity set
- US3 Lewis Clark map set
- 6th 4A Africa Ecoregions and Cultures matrix set
- 6th 4A Africa ecoregions card set
- BI5 Africa clickable miniAtlas
- 6th 4Ax What is a BIGJob presentation
- 6th 4Ax What is a BIGJob activity page
- 6th 4B Iron Factory Location activity see also the animation in the Teaching Geography CD
- 6th 4B Iron Factory teacher notes
- 6th 4Bx Closets of Europe – Continent of Peninsulas
- BI9 Europe big idea presentation
- BI9 Europe clickable miniAtlas
- 6th 4Bx Geography of Inventions activity
- 6th 4Cx The Flu and a Blue Flower basic ideas about spatial diffusion
- 6th 4C Spread of Islam presentation
- 6th 4C Spread of Islam set activity and maps
- 6th 4C World Religion Map matching activity
- BI1 World clickable religion maps
- 6th 4Cy Political Control in South Asia
- BI10 South Asia big idea presentation
- BI10 South Asia clickable mini Atlas
- 6th 4Cy Rivers of Southeast Asia activity
More to be added . . . .
The Michigan Geographic Alliance website has a complete set of GeoHistoGram masters and activities.
Contact them for information about class sets, posters, clickable GeoHistoGrams, and presentations.
They also have a United States GeoHistoGram and supporting materials: