Session 3 Objectives

1. To assist MKs with the knowledge to develop an increased ability in who they are and understand the concept of their cultural identity.

2. To assist  MKs to become aware of the cultural stimuli in their lives.

3. To assist MKs in their ability to increase cross-cultural awareness and develop cultural sensitivity, compassion and understanding.


Each person is unique. We each have our own personal identity but we may not realize how interlinked our personal and cultural identities are. We each have personality strengths and temperaments but these are heavily influenced by our culture. It is important that your child/children value their “home” culture, but that they also learn the tremendous value and richness in other cultures.

What is Cultural Identity?

Cultural identity is the identity of belonging to a group. It is part of a person’s self-conception and self-perception and is related to nationality, ethnicity, religion, social class, generation, locality or any kind of social group that has its own distinct culture.

Lessons on Personal and Cultural Identity

Lesson 1

by Janell Cannon

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Lesson 2

“A Country Far Away” by Nigel Gray and Philippe Dupaquier and “Little Blue and Little Yellow” by Leo Lionni

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Lesson 3

Keep it REAL: “Adios”
by Anchor Education

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Activity Materials

Daily Materials
  • A notebook for each child to write in
  • A folder to hold worksheets and crafts
  • A computer with the ability to play audio
  • Writing and drawing utensils (pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
Lesson 1: Bat Activities
  • Base Materials:
    • Printer access
  • Materials for Option 1:
    • Toilet paper rolls
    • Tan paint
    • Paint brushes
    • 10 mm googly eyes
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Cardstock (recommended) or blank printer paper
  • Materials for Option 2:
    • Drawing materials
    • Blank printer paper
Lesson 2: Straw-Blown Art
  • Base Materials:
    • Table covers
    • Cardstock (recommended) or blank printer paper
    • Plastic straws
    • Water
    • Yellow tempera paint/watercolors
    • Blue tempera paint/watercolors
Lesson 3: REAL Worksheet and Owl Miss You Craft
  • Base Materials:
    • Printer access
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Brown paper lunch bag
    • Brown construction paper
    • White construction paper
    • Black construction paper
    • Patterned/colorful construction paper
    • Orange construction paper/felt
    • 2 ½”, 1 ¾”, and ¾” circle punches  (optional)

Credits and Special Thanks

Some of the basic objectives and concepts in the following lessons have been drawn from ideas presented in New Kid in School: Using Literature to Help Children in Transition by Debra Rader and Linda Harris Sittig.

REAL Activities and video have been used with the permission of Anchor Education.

Thanks also goes to Lynda Shingledecker Wheeler for her contributions.

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