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Students explore the idea of immigration to America.
To understand about one's personal family heritage and history and how it relates to America as a whole. To learn about the variety of cultures in the USA.
See preface material from 'Anne Frank in the World, 1929 - 1945 Teacher Workbook.'
Have students research the following questions.
Have students keep a journal of all the information they learn about their families and own culture. Younger students can do this through family pictures and photocopies of and simple facts about their country of origin. Older students' journals should detail information about their family history and heritage.
The following suggestions are classroom opportunities. Have students discuss their findings during class.Extend the conversation to include these questions:
Have students locate their family's place(s) of origin on a large classroom map. Use pushpins or colored stickers to keep a pertinent record throughout this study. Organize a culture sharing day for your class. Include storytelling, music, dance, food and costumes. Involve families if possible. Create a culture sharing chart to post on a classroom wall. The chart might include space for each student to note their name, place of origin, religion, favorite things, etc. Use the chart to promote a discussion of differences and similarities. Have students break into small groups to discuss what can be done to overcome prejudice and discrimination in our country. When the class comes back together have the students share their ideas and develop them to be put to work in their own schools or communities.