Bettendorf Middle School 6th grade students are hosting a Cultural Festival for the public at the Family Museum in Bettendorf on Monday, December 11. The students have organized fun, educational and interactive activities showcasing cultures throughout the world for the 6-7:30 pm event. Guests will be given an event passport and asked to meet and mingle with as many countries as possible. Upon completing the interactive activity and asking the students questions about their project, the guests’ passports will be stamped. Then, the guest can continue with the challenge of visiting as many countries as possible.
How can we do our part to help others appreciate different cultures? To launch the project, students went to the Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Center to experience musical and dance performances from different cultures.
This is a cross-curricular project combining social studies, language arts, and science. In social studies, students learned about the elements of culture. In language arts, students interacted with a global community through PenPalSchool.com to explore different cultures throughout the world. In science, students made connections between genetics and different cultures.
Based on their background knowledge in each class, students selected one country to research its culture (geography, religion/traditions, achievements, politics, economics, and social structure). They chose one element of culture from their country to highlight with a fun, educational, and interactive activity at the Cultural Festival.