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This website has an extensive list of all the multicultural dates, also known as world culture celebrations. Currently, the dates are listed for the year 2013, but the list is updated annually. This list of multicultural dates allows the exploration of the diverse groups of cultures, of the world within and between the communities of Australia in a global perspective.
A possible lesson a teacher may plan for a stage 2 class with this resource can be to decorate and record all these dates in a calendar to be put up somewhere in the classroom. This specific resource can be used to explore global perspectives on diversity of groups in the community. Although not each and every multicultural date can be experienced in a classroom setting, there are bound to be children from some of these backgrounds, and on the days which fit, an activity may be held where the students who celebrates one of the multicultural dates talks to their class about this particular day. If a specific multicultural day has been selected, a teacher may ask a guest speaker from that culture to come in and talk to the children about their global perspective on community diversity with reference to the multicultural date. Otherwise, a teacher may give each student or a group of students a specific world culture celebration to research and create a poster or deliver their findings in a speech format as an assessment task.
Alongside this, a fun task for students would be the colouring-in activity of children in multicultural dress. All the children in traditional dress represent the global diversity of communities within Australia. This free resource is available for download on this website (Multicultural articles: Multicultural Children in traditional dress). Instead of each student colouring in each picture, a teacher may allocate a group of students to a specific multicultural dress and ask groups to develop a poster presentation on that culture.
Group work and cooperative learning is critical in young learners as it stimulates motivation and when the student's values are supported and reflected on, it enhances their confidence (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p.145).