Quilt of Many Cultures

Our goal is to teach students to be proud of their ethnic differences and also embrace the American ideal of being a valuable part of the richness that makes our American melting pot. 
Our vocabulary words are Unity and Harmony. We are combining music and art terms and principles to better help define mindfulness concepts. 
Unity –  the state of being united or joined as a whole.
Harmony – In music it is the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm. Being in Harmony with others is being in agreement. 
This semester we will learn the Songs: “We Love Our Children”, “Dreams of Harmony”
Activity: The goal is to create a class quilt that reflects the cultural heritage of each student. 

Step 1: Discuss the diversity and various cultures in the classroom, city, and world

Step 2: Each student should have an 8 inch square of paper. They should draw an image or collage that represents an aspect of their cultural background. This could be a symbol, custom, flag, value, etc. 

Step 3: At the end, all the students will piece their part of the quilt together to create on giant one. Using a hole punch and yarn you can tie each patch together and display the quilt.

Step 4: Discussion

    • How many different cultures are represented in the classroom?
    • What ties us together as Americans?
    • Ask the students what their square represent

Reflection: We mounted the white paper drawings onto colored construction paper to make the quilt stronger and more patchwork looking. 

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