Respecting Cultural Differences

Respecting cultural differences includes learning about the holiday celebrations of others. 

Respecting Cultural Differences
Grade Level: K-5


Character Skills
  • Respect
SEL Skills
  • Relationship Skills
Academic Skills
  • Curiosity and Passion


  • Follow the Golden Rule.
  • Be accepting of differences.
  • Be courteous to others.
  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
  • Be considerate of others’ feelings.
Relationship Skills

Interpersonal and social skills to guide appropriate behavior and create positive relationships and meaningful connections. 

Curiosity and Passion

Enthusiastic to understand more about themselves, others, and the world around them.

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Students will learn about different holiday traditions and celebrate the similarities and differences between them.

  • Paper with Venn diagram (two overlapping circles)
  • Watch “Holidays Around the World”
  • Ask students to share:
    • what celebrations from the video looked similar to their own,
    • what looked different than their celebrations, and
    • new things they would like to try at their next family celebration.
  • Have students pair off and give each pair a Venn diagram.
  • Ask students to write their name above one of the circles.
  • Explain that a Venn diagram is designed to show how two things are the same in some aspects and different in others. This Venn diagram is going to be about how you and your partner celebrate holidays.
  • Have students discuss family celebrations with their partner. You may need to help students along by asking some of these questions
    • What do you eat when you celebrate?
    • Who celebrates with you?
    • When do you celebrate?
    • Do you travel or go somewhere else to celebrate?
    • Are there parades or festivals?
    • Are there presents? Who receives presents and who gives presents?
    • Do you make anything special to celebrate?
    • Do you wear a certain outfit to celebrate?
  • The outer part of each circle should list the things you do that the other student does not do. The overlapping circles list things you both do.
      • For example, my family wraps presents, but my partner’s family hides presents. In my circle, I would write “wraps presents” and my partner would write “hides presents” in their circle. Both of our families make a cake, so we would write “make a cake” in the middle, overlapping part of our circles
  • In a large group, ask the pairs to share some ways they are similar and some ways they are unique in celebrating. After each pair, ask the large group to raise their hand if they heard any similarities to their celebrations.
  • After learning about different celebrations, encourage students to think about why it is important to learn about different holidays and reflect on how best to respect the celebrations that look different than your own.

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