Objective: To encourage students to give thought and to research the varying cultures that make up their identity and the identities of those around them.
- Start by preparing a short presentation of Canada as a country (language(s), traditions, culture, food, etc.) for the students.
- Divide the students into groups of 4-6 students and let them pick a country (different than Canada) of their choice.
- Instruct the students to research the language, food, symbols, traditions and celebrations that reflect their specific country.
- Give students time to draw the flag of their country on chart paper as well as any symbols and/or images that represent their chosen country. See if they can identify where their country is located on the map of the world.
- After students have been given sufficient time to complete their chart papers, ask them to briefly present to the classroom.
After the activity, encourage the student to further explore their culture/heritage and compare and contrast with the country of their choice. Ask them to look for similarities and differences in their identity/culture to those of others in the classroom.