International Education Week: Suggested Activities for K-12
(submitted by UNL Office of Global Strategies)
The following list is just a start. We encourage you to be creative in planning events for IEW and let us [UNL] know about your activities.
- Incorporate information on a country or culture into your regular lesson plan, even if you do not teach social studies.
- Explore international aspects of the arts music, film, theatre, visual arts, literature, and dance by creating, performing, or studying artworks with an international component. This could include a field trip to a museum or concert or showing a foreign film in class.
- Adopt a school in a developing country and donate school supplies, reference materials, and other items.
- Trade questions and answers with students from another country through the Internet, pen pal clubs, or a Digital Video Conference.
- Encourage cultural understanding for students using the online resource One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures, and Classrooms. Sponsored by the National Football League and Scholastic Inc., this unique education resource designed for teachers. The free, web-based program may be downloaded here.
- Organize a cross-cultural potluck lunch in which students bring in or make foods from their homeland or ancestors’ homeland.
- Ask students to write essays on countries they would like to visit and why they chose those countries.
- Feature local international experts as speakers: Fulbright Students and Scholars, former diplomats or Peace Corps volunteers, business leaders working for multinational corporations, or journalists.
- Participate in a Model UN.
- Assign students to produce a video or website about their cross-cultural experiences. The video could explore issues of cultural idiosyncrasies, stereotypes, and/or their own experiences in another culture.