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Lesson plan for teaching about Cultural Diversity to Children

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Developed by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States, Arthur’s World Neighborhood: Building Global and Cultural Awareness, offers a set of lesson plans for children under the age of 10 to learn about cultural diversity. Each lesson can be used as a stand-alone activity, or taught as part of a larger social studies curriculum. Through activities such as documenting personal family histories, establishing pen pals, or exploring the everyday life of different cultures through books/videos/personal narratives, children come to understand the similarities and differences between themselves and those of other cultures. Each activity has a companion episode of Arthur that can be used to enhance the lesson, although it is not necessary to watch each episode. Further, each lesson plan provides resources for additional activities and further readings.