Students discuss the meaning of the word “culture,” and then watch a video about how Idaho’s culture has developed over time. Students research and create a poster about one of Idaho’s festivals.
This lesson is part of Great States: Idaho | Unit 10: Famous People of Idaho which reflects the rich and diverse history of the state. This culminating unit will enable students to understand how all people, including notable figures, are influenced by the environment in which they live and work.
4.SS.1.1.1: Identify characteristics of different cultural groups in Idaho.
4.SS.5.1.1: Analyze the roles and relationships of diverse groups of people from various parts of the world who have contributed to Idaho’s cultural heritage and impacted the state’s history
- Video: Great States | Idaho Culture
- A smart board, projector, or other type of screen to show videos to class
- Research books or computers with internet access
- Poster board
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
- Ask students what they think of when they hear the word “culture.” Explain that anthropologists define culture as “the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another.”
- Indicate that they will be watching a short film about how Idaho’s culture has developed over time. As they watch, they should note the various groups of people who have contributed to the culture of Idaho.
Play the video, Great States | Idaho Culture
- After viewing the film, ask students to name some of the various groups and their contributions. Then, break students into groups and assign each a different Idaho festival to research. Examples include: Salsa Idaho Festival, Seven Arrows Pow Wow, Meridian Dairy Days Festival, Priest River Timber Days, Greek Food Festival, Western Heritage Fest, North Idaho Fair & Rodeo, Old Fort Boise Days
- Then, have students create a poster advertising the festival about which they have done research.
Expand the Lesson
Have students research the famous Idahoans listed in the film. How is each of these individuals representative of the culture of Idaho?