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Intergenerational Learning Activities: Culture & Traditions

Learning about your family history and where your ancestors came from can be an exciting and interesting experience. By taking the time to better understand your past you can appreciate the traditions that are a part of the fabric of your life. It is also important to learn about the culture and traditions of individuals who come from different backgrounds so that you can better connect with the people around you and fully embrace and enjoy the diverse world in which we all live.

The possibilities for intergenerational connections through activities that embrace culture and tradition are limitless.  With the support of the Verizon Foundation and resources on Thinkfinity.org, this guide provides brief activity descriptions geared toward a broad range of ages. We encourage you to submit additional suggestions and to connect with other older adults in an online user group for grandparents and volunteers with similar interests.

          Pre-k to Grade Three:

    • Learn about the traditions of three Native cultures
    • Uncover daily rituals from different cultures
    • Put on a pair of culture goggles

    Grades Four to Eight:

    • Learn about Flamenco dancing
    • Read these folktales to better cultures from around the world

    Grades Nine to Twelve:

    • Create patterns from India using an online tool
    • Identify common characteristics of different rituals
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