This is a fun activity I use during my class' study on The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
, when we focus on the complexities of Chinese culture in the novel. It uses the great tool of the "cultural iceberg," which illustrates the reality that most cultural differences are manifest "under the surface." During the activity, students walk around the room and have conversations to discover cultural differences (both surface and deep level) among their classmates, in order to increase understanding of the diversity within the class and of cultural differences in general. I think it's a simple and enlightening activity that can be adapted for any unit, lesson, or setting that is attempting to encounter and engage cultural diversity.