We all live in a very culturally diverse world, a world that is gradually becoming more diverse. Our country is a great melting pot of culture and tradition. A mosaic that is often ever changing, It is filled with vivid artists, sizzling dancers, profound writers, brilliant scientists and mathematicians, and brave leaders. All of whom fill our country with the colorful richness of many different cultures. How do we ensure that our students absorb this richness, and embark on their own journeys that are sure to be loaded with cultural diversity?
Because schools are places of learning and are filled with cultural diversity, they are excellent places for students to study both academics and different cultures of people. Classrooms have adapted to this change, and must continue to do so. What are some ways that schools and teachers can incorporate different cultures into lessons?
- Expand a social studies lesson on world wars to more than
simply listing the countries involved in the wars; study the cultures.
- Create art projects based on cultural traditions and/or craftwork.
- Read about cultural happenings in current events.
- Make cultural recipes or clothing in family and consumer science classes.
- Study regional plant life and animals in science classes.
- Share oral traditions in language arts classes.
- Discover cultural celebrations as a school.
- Experience traditional music and dance.