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Around the World in Food and Culture

on September 8, 2011

Learning about other countries and cultures in the world around us can be both enlightening and enjoyable. Beautiful scenery, interesting flora and fauna, inspiring music and art, expressive languages, unusual customs, and intriguing foods await us as we explore these faraway lands in our lesson plans. . 

Nations and Their Cultures

Many ready-to-use unit study lesson plans about countries, cultures, and geographic areas are available online for classroom and homeschool use. Here are a few examples.

Explore Italy’s geography, history, music, art, language and more in our Unit Study on Italy.

Celebrate along with our neighbors to the north with Sara L. Ambarian’s “Canadian Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Harvest in the Great White North”. Learn about the history of the holiday, major Canadian agricultural products, and favorite regional recipes.

The Homeschool Helper Online offers a unit study on Egypt here:

Easy Fun School’s unit study on Brazil includes many links and ideas.

For Spanish-speaking students or those learning Spanish, check out our Unit Study Lesson Plan About Mexico in Spanish.

Plan ahead for later in the year with our Christmas In Australia Unit Study.

National Geographic provides an interesting unit study on continents here:

The San Diego County Office of Education provides an interesting unit study based on The Lotus Seed. This unit study touches on Vietnamese culture, but also encourages students to explore their own heritage from other countries.

The Home School Mom has a roundup of many more interesting free online unit studies here:

Foreign Languages

Studying a foreign language is another way to learn about another country or culture, and it often teaches us about the origins of familiar English words.

For early childhood foreign language programs, visit Fun with Languages, and Professor Toto,

Visit Cantemos’ website for more Spanish language books and CDs.

Find more foreign language products at Farm Country General Store.

International Recipes

There’s nothing like an ethnic or regional recipe to make you feel as if you have experienced a little bit of life in another country or culture. If you and/or your students are not adventurous eaters, desserts, fruit dishes, and breads are often good dishes to try first.  These are some tasty international dessert recipes shared by our contributors.

Carolyn Forte of Excellence in Education has shared a versatile German family recipe, Oma’s Cake, which can also be used to make cookies.

For a taste of autumn, try this Lithuanian Cranberry Cake from Ligia of Childsake.

If you have a sweet tooth at breakfast, you might enjoy trying Danish aebleskivers. This recipe was submitted by Rae of The Creative Process.

For a tropical change of pace, Chef Cherry Mae Miro has shared several simple but unusual Filipino recipes.

You can easily search the internet for recipes from any country or continent that interests you, but a good place to start for a wide sampling of international recipes is

Bon Appetite! Dobrou chuť! Afiyet olsun! Buen provecho! Mangia! Enjoy!

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