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Texas Culture

What is Culture?

Ask the class: What can define culture? Have the word culture written on the board and have students come up and write what they believe culture is. This can be a celebration, a culture, a definition, anything that helps them understand.

Culture: A shared set of practices and traditions that characterize a society or group of people. Culture can include clothing, food, traditions, ceremonies, spiritual practices and beliefs, language, family structure, and communication styles.

Can school be a culture? From the list we made on the board how does school fit into our definition of culture? (Clothing, music, government)

To some school appears to be involuntary and they have to go to school, but what about college? Not everyone believes in what you may believe in. This is only specific to a certain group of people. The same way that some families celebrate different holidays and have different traditions. Not everyone has the same beliefs and not everyone is the same.

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4th Grade TEKS

(19) Culture. The student understands the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to Texas. The student is expected to:

  • (A) identify the similarities and differences among various racial, ethnic, and religious groups in Texas;
  • (B) identify customs, celebrations, and traditions of various cultural, regional, and local groups in Texas such as Cinco de Mayo, Oktoberfest, the Strawberry Festival, and Fiesta San Antonio.


Each student will be provided a National Geographic magazine. They will then select a culture, any culture, so long as it is not one of their own. They will then be instructed to list three physical characteristics the culture has. Then find four cultural ideas that the people have. Then in pairs compare their findings.

Culture Day

This activity is given to students for them to be able to experience what it is like in another culture than their own. Students will be put into groups and given a culture in Texas to research. Each group will present their findings to the class. On designated days as a group they will organize with the help from the teacher a celebration from the culture assigned. These celebrations will include clothing, food, music, games, traditions, language etc.