Celebrate Diversity Activities
Student Introduction Cards
This is a first-week-of-school activity in which students create information cards about themselves.This lets the students know you are actually interested in them and who they are.
These can be completed on regular 3 x 5 index cards. Refer to them throughout the year for consistency. You can also get parent contact info, email and customize your questions.
Students can complete a project on family dynamics. Where are they from? What languages are spoken at home? What are special customs and practices in their household?
They can complete the project on posterboard, video, or write a paper. Include extra credit for bringing cultural items to the classroom, such as food, fashion, or pictures.
Influential People Reports
This is sort of a who's who in race/culture. Have students research important or prominent people from their own background who have contributed to any advancements in the particular subject you are covering. For example, when teaching science, I've had my students research prominent African-Americans and their contributions to science. Students research and present their findings.