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Suggestions for Your Culture In A Suitcase Presentation

Filled with intriguing objects such as a Japanese silk kimono, a Buddha, Irish linen, South American pottery, or foreign currency, each suitcase generates excited anticipation when presenters roll into the classroom. Students can’t wait to see what’s inside, to handle the objects, and to speculate about what they see. Ultimately, these presentations allow teachers and students a richer and more meaningful experience and understanding of other cultures. The goal is to impart knowledge and understanding to students. The middle grades may appreciate a PowerPoint presentation as well as artifacts from your country. Make it interesting and fun.

Suggestions for your suitcase:

  • A large map of your country
  • Currency
  • National dress
  • Musical instruments
  • Flag, National emblem
  • Cultural information
  • Booklets from consulates
  • CDs, tapes, games, posters

You could teach:

  • A song or dance
  • Greetings in native language, phrases
  • Compare the price of a movie, McDonald’s, or pair of running shoes from your country to the price in the US.
  • How to count or say simple phrases; use the blackboard.
For further information please contact IWA at cultureinasuitcase@iwachicago.org or call 312-263- 1421.


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