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Map of Myself: Identify and Culture is one lesson from "Teaching Global Sustainability in the Primary Grades" (there is a cost for this resource). Just as each unique natural species plays an essential role in the healthy biodiversity of nature, the unique identities of humans contribute to the diversity between and within cultures. The extent to which people recognize and cherish diverse identities is an important factor in the health of human communities. The concept of mapping personal and cultural identity is introduced through Sara Fanelli’s My Map Book. Students brainstorm personal and cultural identity and then produce a poster that “maps” their identity. A gallery walk to review student posters reveals differences in identity. Leo Lionni’s story, Fish is Fish, drives home the importance of maintaining one’s identity as separate from, yet still connected to, the identities of others.
Time Required: 3-4 hours