If you are studying world cultures and are focusing on Asia, get your students' attention by incorporating an Asian theme into your classroom. It's easy to do with a simple shopping trip and will help your students assimilate information about the culture on which they are focused. Decide in advance which specific culture you would like to incorporate, be it China, cultures of Southeast Asia, Mongolia or Japan, and shop accordingly. You will find plenty of affordable decorations to make your classroom fun, festive, and educational all at once.
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Research traditions in the culture that you will be studying and find decorative items that have special meaning within the culture. Focus on paper goods, which will be easy to set up and store as well as inexpensive to buy.
Create a notice board highlighting famous Asian-Pacific Americans in history. You can include congressmen, local business people and sports stars with Asian roots.
Incorporate the Oriental tradition of kite flying into your classroom. An elaborate Chinese kite hanging from the ceiling or a series of Japanese kites will attract a lot of attention without your having to spend a great deal of money. Kites are easy to fold and will store easily when not in use.
Create a panda classroom theme, especially for younger students in primary school. Pandas have a great deal of visual appeal and can allow you to educate your children on conservation in the Orient.
Purchase calligraphy banners with famous sayings from Asian philosophers, such as Confucius. Allow your children to contribute by making banners of their own with Chinese or Japanese characters.
Engage your students in the decorating process by introducing them to simple origami. Origami paper is easy to find and inexpensive to purchase. A thousand origami cranes are said to bring exceptional luck, so see how many cranes your children can construct and then hang them from the ceiling.
Illustrate with your students a popular Asian folk tale and create a display. Folk tales are an easy and engaging way to bring other cultural values to the forefront of your students' imagination.
Purchase inexpensive Asian greeting cards or Chinese New Year envelopes and put them on display. These are brightly coloured envelopes that are traditionally given to children with a token amount of money in them by relatives or friends of the family. This will give you the opportunity to talk about the role of New Year in Asian cultures.
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