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Grade 4 Multiculturalism IP

Part Two



Introductory Activity: Where did they come from and why did they come?

First ask students to brainstorm a list of cultures that have settled in their community. Once the list has been generated instruct students to use the different cultural profiles in the Student Zone dealing with Immigration History to complete the retrieval chart below:

 Country of Origin
 Date of Arrival
 Reason for Immigrating

Main Activity: Mini Heritage Days for Grade 4

Description: The breaking down of the barriers of prejudice is of great importance and a goal that we as human beings must try to promote. One way to achieve this outcome is to educate students about the positive aspects of the different cultures. In the city of Edmonton there is an event called Heritage Days at which different cultures set up food booths and perform traditional dances and songs. This helps bring the city together and creates more of an appreciation for different cultural groups. This project aims to replicate Heritage Days on a smaller scale.
This Mini Heritage Days Fair is designed to both create an interest in, as well as educate the students involved in the different cultures, and how they can benefit through the knowledge gained through this study.

Goal: The students will become familiar and more knowledgeable about other cultures, which hopefully will foster an increased tolerance of other cultures.

  1. The students will research a given country/culture that has settled in Alberta and/or Canada.
  2. The students will prepare a presentation demonstrating what information they have found that distinguishes that culture.
  3. The students will present and explain their presentation at the Mini Heritage Days Festival.

Background Information for the Teacher:
The students will be presenting a project about one culture that they have researched, in a manner much like that of a Science Fair. If possible it would be good to have some of the judges be from different cultures. It would also be good to invite the students’ families to the presentation of the projects and awards.
Resources for students regarding the different cultural groups can be found in the Student Zone “Infomania” section.

Students will present a presentation of a county and culture of their choice which will reflect:
  1. The name of culture, preferably one that has settled in Alberta.
  2. The main characteristics of the culture (these must be of a positive nature and factual).
  3. Some of the celebrations of the culture.
  4. Some of the foods, products, and resources of the country.
  • Maps of countries
  • Books of countries and cultures
  • Evaluation forms
  1. Have the students select a culture that they would like to research and present at the fair.
  2. Tell the students the things that must be included in the presentation such as:
    • Which country/culture
    • Festivities
    • Foods, products, and resources
  3. Tell the students that they may include other things that they learn and find of interest.
  4. Tell the students that they will prepare and share their presentation in much the same manner as they would a science Fair Project.
  5. Tell the students, staff, and parents when the Mini Heritage Days Festival will be held.
  6. Allow the students class/library time to prepare for the presentation.
  7. Be available to help and encourage the progress.
  8. Recruit judges for the Mini Heritage Days Festival.
  1. Have the students set up their project displays.
  2. Give the judges copies of the evaluation forms.
  3. Have three judges evaluate a given number of projects (depending on how many students/judges you have).
  4. Compare the evaluations.
  5. Go over the results with the students.
  6. Give awards for participation.

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