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Comparison of Utah and Cultures of Various People

Curriculum Tie:

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 45 minutes.

Group Size:
Large Groups


Students will discover similarities and differences in the lifestyles and geography of Utah and another culture of various peoples.

Main Curriculum Tie:
English Language Arts Grade 4Reading: Informational Text Standard 7
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


  1. Venn diagram (pdf) for each student and an overhead transparency for the teacher to use.
  2. A Ticket to Japan, by Tom Streissguth, published by Carolrhoda Books, Inc./ Minneapolis. ISBN 1-57505-127-3, or book from any other culture
  3. Prepare word cards:

    volcanoes, origami, quilts, earthquakes, islands, bowing, shaking hands, hot springs, Pacific Ocean, homes, Tatami mats, paper screens, school, uniforms, backpacks, chopsticks, baseball, soccer, Sumo wrestlers, martial arts, playgrounds, Great Salt Lake, silverware, Arches, sagebrush, coyotes, beds, carpet, permanent walls.

  4. Prepare a large graphic organizer with the words:
    • Utah
    • Both
    • Japan or other culture


Background For Teachers:
You may want to complete the lesson titled, "Geography and Daily Life of Japan or any other Culture" with an Anticipation Guide before teaching this lesson.

Teacher should know how to compare and contrast using a Venn Diagram.

Student Prior Knowledge:

  1. Information about Utah's lifestyles and geography.
  2. Knowledge of Venn Diagrams.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
The students will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast daily life and geography in Utah with daily life and geography in Japan or other culture.

Instructional Procedures:
Before lesson:

  1. Review what was learned in the lesson titled, "Geography and Daily Life of Japan" or other culture. Students can use their Anticipation Guides.
  2. Briefly review how to complete a Venn Diagram.
  3. Tell the students we will be comparing and contrasting Japan (or other culture) and Utah.
During lesson:
  1. Hold up a word card, think aloud about whether it belongs under "Utah", "Both" or "Japan or other cullture." Place the word card under the correct category.
  2. Next, hold up a word card and discuss where it should be placed. Call on a student to place the card under the correct category and explain why.
  3. Repeat until all the words have been placed.
After lesson:
  1. Hand out the Venn diagram (pdf) .
  2. Model filling in the diagram by using a transparency for the first few words.
  3. Have the students finish the diagram, adding words that they think of on their own.


  1. Write a personal narrative from the point of view from a student in Utah and a student in the other culture.
  2. Make a bulletin board using charts, graphs and pictures from both cultures.

Assessment Plan:
Have the students use their Venn Diagram to write about what they learned.

Julie Lee
Karen Bosone
brooke rauzon

Created Date :
Aug 01 2005 14:26 PM