Passport to the Eastern Hemisphere

For students of 6th to 8th grade.

Educational Objective:	Students will experience real-life travel as they investigate customs, currency, climate, location, gender roles, laws and regulations, and other necessary facts that would be helpful if they were to travel to a specific country.

Essential Questions & Enduring Understandings	

Essential Question:	What do I need to know specifically about a country in order to be a respectful tourist and have a more positive, educational experience while visiting another country? 
	
Enduring Understanding:	Students will understand the principle fact that there are many different societies located outside the western hemisphere.  They will also understand that many of these countries have distinct cultures, religions, values, educational opportunities, employment opportunities, natural resources, languages, means of communication, etc. Students will also understand that researching to find information is valuable in the learning process and leads to a more knowledgeable travel experience.

Evidence of Learning:	Students will create a multimedia presentation that reveals adequate understanding of the customs and culture of another country and how they may fit into this country as a respectful visitor.

Standards:
	
Social Studies:
-describe the physical characteristics of each world culture region 
 and explain the processes that shape the patterns in the physical 
 environment
-identify and compare cultural characteristics of each world region
-explain the impact of economic, cultural, and political 
 interdependence on the regional and global scales

Technology:
-use a variety of media and formats to locate and communicate information and ideas effectively

Implementation Timeline:
This activity will take 10 days to complete.

Procedure/Lesson Activities	
Day 1: Students will randomly select a country to research.The teacher will discuss the assignment and provide an outline for students to complete during their research. Using their social studies books, students will begin to gather the necessary information about their country.

Days 2 - 4: Research will continue online and in the media center. Students will fill in information on their outline that is important to their research. 

Using a student prepared list of questions, students will use SKYPE to interview a middle school student in the chosen country.

Day 5: The teacher will provide guidelines and assistance to students in creating the slides for their multimedia presentation. Using the classroom digital camera, students will take a picture of 1 classmate to be added to their presentations.

Days 6 - 8: Students assemble presentation.

Days 9 - 10: Students will present their projects to the class.

Resources: 
MS PowerPoint                
Outline                 
textbook                
digital camera      
SKYPE interview
Internet                            
Computer             
media center         
DISCUS

Multimedia Elements:	
Students will:
1. Create charts, graphs, and/or tables where needed to support their 
   research.
2. Narrate their slides
3. Import video clips if needed to demonstrate customs and culture.
4. Add sound and animation.
5. Insert a digital image of themselves for their passport. 
6. Embed a music file of the country’s national anthem.

Evaluation: 	Prepared rubric.

Adaptations:	
Modifications for students will be on an as needed basis depending on limitations of individual students.  For some students, it may be less research data required.  For those with more physical limitations, such as the ability to type on a computer, an aide or another individual may be asked to type it with student dictation.  Again, the needs vary – so do the modifications.

Extensions-Enrichment: 
Students needing enrichment will be asked to pair up with another student to compare their two countries. They will take all of the information that they have accumulated and set up a travel agency in which other students (potential travelers) will ask them about their country.  The two students will create a brochure to share with their potential travelers.
  
Cross-Curricular Connections:	
Social Studies: researching and discovering the traditions and cultures of other countries in the Eastern Hemisphere