Objectives: Introduce students to the basic social processes of society. Set up a lifetime of enthusiastic learning about the cultures and people around the world. Cope and successfully adjust to a constantly changing society yet remain steadfast to the simple, unchanging truths that become increasingly evident within self as one grows.

  1. Play imagination games that mirror societal practices and realms important to your family; domestic/house, repair/maintenance, hospital/medical, marketplace/farm, camping/nature/recreation, mosque/religious institution.

2. Learn about other cultural practices around the world. Choose a country/continent and research how its people live, give/receive medical care, eat/cook/farm, worship, and recreate. Think and talk about what is different and what is the same.

3. Exchange letters/emails with a pen-pal (cousin, friend, outside the home family member preferably of similar age as student). Have teacher write the letter while the student answers the questions and reads what the pen-pal to answer in return. Include drawings, or little crafts inside the letter. Compare answers and discuss similarities/differences, and new ideas brought forth by the pen-pal. Examples of questions:

  • What are your favorite foods to eat?
  • Where is your favorite place to visit?
  • What is your favorite game/thing to play?
  • What do you like to do after you wake up in the morning?
  • What superhero power would you like to have and why?
  • What book do you enjoy reading right now?
  • What do you like learning about?
  • What is your favorite thing to do with your parents?
  • What do you dislike?
  • What is hard or difficult for you now but you hope to practice until it is easy?
  • What are you really good at?
  • What is your mom/dad/sibling really good at?
  • Do you have a pet? Tell me how you help to take care of them. If you do not, what pet would you want to have and how would you help to take care of it?
  • What kind of things would you like to do when you grow up?
  • Tell me about an idea for an invention you have.
  • What are some nice things to do for a friend to make them happy?
  • When you get angry or frustrated, what techniques do you have for calming down and making it right?
  • What is something interesting you have learned about recently?

4. Discover what has/is changed/changing around us. What has changed about the student? What new skills has he/she learned since last year? What things around you have changed since yesterday?

5. Build a city and try to include all the different facets important to all the people who live there.