Lesson in brief: Students will work individually to create
a "cultural banner" expressing values, traditions, activities,
and places important in their families.
Materials: Crayons, markers, and construction paper
a Culture Web
1. Write the word culture in the center of
a piece of chart paper and circle it.
2. Ask students to brainstorm associations with the word,
record the words and phrases that come up on the chart paper, and
connect them to culture, creating a web.
3. Discuss the web with the students and agree on a definition
along these lines: culture is the values, beliefs, and traditions
shared by a group of people.
1. Distribute construction paper and markers or crayons.
2. Ask students to write their name on the banner and any
symbols (words or pictures) that show values, traditions, activities,
and places that are important for their family. Encourage them to
use words or drawings to represent holidays, foods, sports, flags
and so on.
3. After they have created the banners, ask students to pass
the banners to their neighbors and keep doing so until everyone
has had a chance to see every banner.
was this activity for you? What did you learn from doing it?
are some of the cultures represented in the group?
the next week or two, take a few minutes of each class period
to give several students a chance to explain their banner to the
students work in groups of four to share their banners with each