My students love Google Earth! It's an excellent way to help them visualize our planet. I always use Google Earth when we are discussing history, and this is a great tool to help them gain perspective on where other cultures are situated.
This short video depicts the conversation about culture that took place on the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' social media sites. My students love this video and the infographic that accompanies it.
The "Fact vs. Fiction" PBS series debunks stereotypes about ethnicities. The videos are really engaging and help students think critically about the words they use to describe others. I loved these videos, not only on a professional level, but a personal one. I felt that these films are something everyone should see - not just kids!
This PowerPoint on how to integrate show-and-tell into your lesson plans includes a sample calendar on how to establish show-and-tell as a daily routine. Show-and-tell does not always have to be a physical object. It can be a word from a different language, a presentation on a foreign country, or even a few sentences on a foreign person of influence. My students love the attention that the other students pay them, and this is a good chance for shy students to make new friends.
My kindergarteners love show-and-tell! This article on how to successfully integrate show-and-tell into lower elementary school classrooms is a great resource to foster language skills and attention in young students with limited attention spans. Asking students to bring in an item that has cultural significance to them (something that a classmate might not have previously seen) encourages students to ask questions about the object(s) and its significance.
I love that this book helped my kindergartners embrace cultural empathy. This book takes about fifteen minutes to read aloud, and includes a lot of information about the main character's, Unhei's, Korean Culture. The book will help the students pronounce new words and think about culture in a critical way. For slightly older students, up to about third grade, this is a great silent reading book.