Part of our social studies standards are to learn how cultures from around the world affect our culture. There's no better way to start this standard than to learn about cultures from around the world. The problem for me was how to teach the students about several cultures within the time that we had available. This is when I thought of a cultural fair. I talked my team into teaching each of their classes about a different country and some of the different cultures within that country.
We had the students research: food, art, music, clothing, customs, and language. Each class put together a science board with some of the research. We also hung other research on the walls outside of our classrooms. This way the students had plenty of room to read about the different cultures.
Every student was given a passport with the countries listed inside. The students were to record details from every country that they visited. So we allowed students to roam the hall. They went into the rooms to enjoy food and a craft. They read information on the countries outside of the rooms. Their teachers held them accountable for details by checking their passports. We had parent volunteers to come in to assist the students in moving throughout the hall and into the appropriate rooms.
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