WR Second Graders Hold Culture Fair

WR Second Graders Hold Culture Fair
Posted on 01/16/2018

WR Cultural FairA Western Row Cultural Fair recently celebrated all the cultures and countries around the world represented at the school.

Part of the second grade social studies curriculum studies the interaction among cultures, which leads to sharing ways of life.

"Cultures develop in unique ways, and in the past, we have "traveled around the world" and studied four or five countries of the teacher's choice," explained second grade teacher Anna Marie Palluconi. "We have so much diversity in our classes, and I wanted to celebrate that."

Fellow Western Row second grade teacher Kori Harris and Palluconi also wanted to increase student engagement by giving students ownership and choice. After the classes "traveled around the world," Harris and Palluconi presented the students with an open ended project. 

Students could research any country they were interested in, whether it was their own culture, or just a culture they wanted to learn more about.  The students spent a few days researching the languages, holidays, customs, traditions and any other interesting facts they could find. After they completed their research, students decided how they wanted to present. 

"Students created a variety of projects such as artwork, crafts, posters, books, Google Slides and TouchCast presentations," added Palluconi. "They also had the option to bring in a food from their culture to share."

Each student set up their own presentation station in the Culture Fair. Students took turns being presenters and listeners, and walked around each other's classes to learn about a variety of cultures from classmates. 

"It was amazing to see how proud they were to share final products, and how much more they learned and retained on their own!" shared Palluconi.

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