Cultural Practices #1

Subject: World Languages

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Expression, Communication, Culture, Tradition, Presentation

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will investigate, explain, and reflect on the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

Know Before You Start: Students should be able to express traditions common to their culture.


  • Ask students:
    • “What family traditions do you have?”
    • “How can we share our culture or background?”
    • “What cultural tradition do you want to explain to others?”


  • As a class, have students discuss different traditions that come from their background or culture.
  • Have students discuss different ways to share or talk about their traditions.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic that describes a tradition of their choice.


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain why they chose the tradition featured in their comic.
  • Discuss why it’s important to talk about culture and traditions in a different language.
  • Emphasize that learning languages also involves learning about and comparing traditions and cultural norms.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.
  • Students may find it helpful to draft their descriptions in English first, then the target language, if they find it difficult to create original sentences in the target language.
  • Help students identify and define what “culture” might mean, whether related to their family background or the community to which they belong.
  • Help students identify images of cultural traditions, e.g., dress, decorations, etc.
  • For younger grades, provide books with pictures of some traditional cultural events, dress, etc.
  • Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.


Suggested Story Starters: