S: The Cultures of Our Classroom
BC: Thank you for learning a little about our cultures and about our diverse class!
FC: The | The Cultures of Our Classroom | Miss Purdy's 2nd Grade Class
1: This book was created by Miss Purdy's 2nd grade class. It celebrates the cultural diversity in our classroom. “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” - Ani DiFranco
2: Japan Japan is an island nation in east Asia. The official language is Japanese. This is where my ancestors are from.
3: New Year (shogatsu) is that most important holiday in Japan. I like Greenery Day (midori no hi) It is on May 4th and it celebrates the emperor's love for plants and nature. | Japanese garden art is very important to them. Their gardens are used for meditation and they symbolize nature, beauty, and harmony.
4: Cherokee Nation My ancestors are Cherokee Indians. The Cherokees were originally indigenous to the southeastern portion of the United States. They were forced to Oklahoma during the "Trail of Tears" in 1838. | The Cherokee grew corn, beans, and squash for food.
5: The Cherokees celebrate more festivals than holidays. One very important day they celebrate is the Cherokee National Holiday. It honors the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. | Most Cherokees speak English. However, there are about 20,000 Cherokees who speak The Cherokee Language. It is a complex language with soft sounds. "Osiyo" (oh-see-yoh) is a friendly greeting. | Cherokee girls played with beaded dolls while Cherokee boys played Lacrosse.
6: The Federal Republic of Germany Also known in local short form as Deutschland. My ancestors were from Germany. It is located in Europe. Standard German is the official language of the country, there is also German dialects.
7: Cheese and sausages are popular in Germany. They also enjoy cakes that are usually made with real fruit, especially cherries. | Oktoberfest has been celebrated since 1811. It begins every year on a Saturday in September and usually last 16-18 days, ending on the first Sunday in October. Oktoberfest is like America's State Fairs it includes, rides, merry-go-rounds, games, foods, and more! Halloween is also a popular German holiday. It is believed that it was actually a German candy company that invented candy corn, a popular Halloween treat. | Brezeln or Pretzels are one of the most famous German exports. In Germany you will find fresh baked bread, bread rolls, and pretzels in the numerous bakeries.