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    By ck

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    To show how everyone's family is different, and yet similar we did the following art project:
    Every child was given a cut out of a house (or they can cut it out) which they decorated with windows, doors, etc. They were given one strip of paper for each person in their family. A name was written on each strip & a paper chain was made of the names. The chain was then stapled onto the bottom of the house. Each house was labeled "In My House...." We had these hanging from the ceiling. It was interesting to compare the 2 loop chains, 3-4 loop chains and even the 9 loop chain! If you wish to add more "education" to the project (depending on your age group, I had pre-schoolers) you can include (learning) writing their address & phone numbers onto the houses.
    Although I did not do this (my kids are way too young), a book you may consider: Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley. As a sister goes searching for her brother to get him to come home for supper, she stops off at various neighbors in her diverse neighborhood. Everyone seems to be having an ethnic rice dish for supper! This book opens lots of doors to different cultures (Barbados, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, India, China, Haiti, Italy). Students can chart/graph the different ethnic cultures mentioned in the book, list the specific rice recipe for each, create a cook book of the recipes (& include their own family/ethnic favorites). Maybe you can "wrap up" your unit with an ethnic taste sampling .... rice recipes are included .. and they can graph/rate their favorites.
    OK, I got you started, now you do the rest! Have a great student teaching experience and good luck!

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