In this activity, students explore spring celebrations from countries around the world bey participating in a gallery walk.
This resource includes a warm-up activity, example, 10 color photos with descriptions of the festival or tradition pictured, an exit ticket, and an impression recording sheet.
To prepare, print the 10 slides with the photos and cut off the description part of each slide so thatyou have only the photo left. Tape/hang these photos around the room.
After the warm-up activity, which gets students to think about what holidays they celebrate in spring, explain that students will be looking at 10 different photos of festivals around the world. They will need to describe what they see and what they think is happening in the photos and to try to guess which country is shown.
An example slide using photos from the Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain is included to give students an example of what they might see and what they could write.
I also included a note about cultural bias, mainly to prepare students for seeing some images like the robes worn in Spain, which outside of their cultural context might seem like KKK robes. It is a good practice to remind students not to use their own cultural biases when looking at other cultures.
Each student gets an impression recording sheet and has free range to walk around and examine the photos and make notes on what they see. There is no need to go in order, and it is likely that students won't have time to see all 10 of the photos depending on the length of the class. I gave 15-20 minutes for this, and most students did not finish.
This part is easily differentiated, as more advanced students can be more descriptive and use more complex structures to describe what is happening, whereas lower-level students might just list the things, colors, etc that they see.
Finally, as a class, we went through the photos. I asked students to share their impressions before revealing the actual description of each photo.
As an exit ticket, I asked students to write one thing they learned from the activity.
My students had such a great time with this and really surprised me with their insights and maturity in thinking about other cultures. Hope your class enjoys!