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Many cities are home to ethnically diverse people. Toronto, London, New York, Hong Kong—which city will you show in your Multicultural Mobile?
Some cities and nations have a long tradition of being home to people from many different countries. The United Nations named Toronto, Canada, as the most ethnically diverse city in the world. Two thirds of its 4 million residents were born elsewhere. Think about the benefits this global diversity brings to a city!
Invite students to find out about the ethnic diversity in their neighborhood, state, province—or any area in the world. Choose a symbol for the area. Here’s one way to represent ethnic diversity in a mobile.
To show Toronto’s population mix, the red maple leaf of Canada’s flag works well as the center of the mobile. Students choose a symbol for their selected city. With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, draw the symbol’s outline on thin cardboard. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors. Trace the shape on more cardboard and cut it out to make two identical shapes. Make a cut down the middle of one shape from the bottom to the middle. Cut the other from the top to the middle.
Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Paint one side of the mobile’s central symbol with Crayola Washable Tempera Paint. Air-dry the symbols flat. Paint the other side. Air-dry them flat.
Cross the two shapes and slide them together at the cuts to create a 3-D symbol.
Students research the different ethnic groups living in the area under study. Encourage them to locate pictures that show the design and colors of each nation’s flag. Cut out cardboard or recycled file folder rectangles, one for each culture represented in the mobile. Color the nation’s flag on one side with Crayola Gel Markers. On the other side of the flag, label the country and summarize other information found.
Punch holes at balanced places on the center symbol. Use string to tie on flags. An adult can poke a paper clip through the top of the center symbol to make a hook. Hang mobiles in the classroom. Students should be prepared to discuss their selection of photographs and how they are connected to their city's diversity.
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