Overview & Integration

Core 4:



7B: Enables participants to develop life skills, resiliency, and self-esteem via activities

2D: Teaches participants to interact with one another in positive ways;

1E: Promotes psychological and emotional safety through a culture of support, inclusion and mutual respect

CASEL Competencies:

Social Awareness, Self-Awareness

6DQ: Skill/Techniques

Actively exploring historical and contemporary as well as cross-cultural works in a discipline to broaden or deepen the choices students can make


Our world is made up of billions of people with thousands of cultures and thousands of languages. Life looks different for people all around the globe. That’s a lot of differences for us to learn about and celebrate! But while we are all different in so many ways, we also have a lot of commonalities. “Commonality” means something that is the same or similar.

For example, different cultures around the world have different types of games. You might recognize some of them! In Mexico, people play Loteria which is very similar to a game played in America called Bingo. Or in South Africa, people play rugby, which is similar to American football. Even with these differences, games have always brought people together, regardless of the culture or the language.

As you meet new people, try to find what things you have in common and what things are different. As we go through this unit, take time to find three commonalities and three differences with someone new! You may even make a new friend in the process.

Reflection Questions

  • What makes you special and unique?
  • How are you and your peers similar? How are you different?
  • Why is it important for people to be different?
  • Describe your community or home. What makes it unique?
  • Where is your family from? How is that place different than where you live now?
  • What makes your family unique?
  • What languages have you heard spoken?
  • How are Spanish and English similar? How are they different?
  • What can you do to include others who might speak a different language?

Arts/Crafts Reflection Questions

  • Why is it important to create artwork that is unique?
  • How does your culture influence how you make art?
  • How can we use art to teach others about our family and culture?
  • What can you learn about someone through their art?
  • How is your art/craft unique? What similarities do you see in your art and another art piece?
  • How can art help us communicate without language?

Games/Physical Activity Reflection Questions

  • How were people on your team the same? How were they different?
  • What are some of the different strengths that people have on your team?
  • How did you work together as a team? How could you do better next time?
  • What did you learn about your teammates today that you didn’t know before?
  • How can games bring people together from different cultures and with different languages?