Lesson Plan


This is a lesson (40-60 minutes) on cultural diffusion. While designed for middle school students, it can easily be adapted for older and younger students. It involves a visual demonstration, student role play, and engaging simulation that involves every student. This lesson integrates history, social studies, and science concepts.


  • Arts > General
  • Science > General
  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


diffusion cultural simulation simulations role play history social studies drama



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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-10-09.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This is a very creative lesson plan that helps students gain a better understanding of the concept of cultural diffusion. Students participate in a hands on experiment to illustrate diffusion, create their own civilizations to simulate cultural diffusion, and then discuss and write about how it has occurred in our world today. The overall lesson is well thought-out and engaging. The lesson plan has objectives, detailed procedures, a list of materials, and ideas for an extension activity. This activity could be used during a unit on geography or culture in a variety of Social Studies classes.

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