Activity

Understanding Cultural Differences

What You Need:

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Pencil
  • Paper

What You Do:

  1. Ask your child to describe her cultural heritage. Investigate whether she knows your family’s history.
  2. Search for cultural heritage education websites. One reputable website is the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
  3. On the side of the page, click Online Exhibitions.
  4. Visit and talk about these curated pages for a rich cultural experience for the whole family.
  5. Back on the home page, look under “Guides.”
  6. Download “The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide.”
  7. Have your child use this guide to conduct interviews with her own family members.
  8. Encourage your child compare and contrast her heritage with that of another family or culture.

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