Celebrating Cultures  (3rd/4th Grades)

This unit continues to reinforce the philosophical idea that personal exposure to individual differences in people leads to understanding of racial and ethnic differences. Celebrating Cultures addresses discrimination in a powerful yet age appropriate manner. Students learn to recognize the stereotypes and harmful pre-judgements that have been made about differences. Specific references to being treated differently demonstrate that discrimination is wrong.

By exploring different cultures and personally meeting individuals from those cultures, an appreciation is developed. Hands-on experiences allow for traditions such as dress, cuisine and celebrations to be shared. Students develop a greater understanding of both the benefits and challenges of living in a culturally diverse society.

16 Lessons: Introduction Lesson on Discrimination plus Book, Hands-on Empathy Building Activity and Speaker for each culture listed below:

Hispanic Americans

Native Americans

Jewish Americans

African Amercians

Asian Americans



*Photo credit: Facing Racism Student Art Exhibition at Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ.