21 March - Harmony Day

Can You Get The Party Started? A Multicultural WebQuest for Year 3-4 Students

Let's Party!
Who's Invited?
Party Planning
Wrapping Up

For Teachers

Party Planning

1. Assuming A Role

part_4.gif (5933 bytes)Teachers will allocate four students to a working group. Each working group of four students will be assigned to one of the following roles:


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Click on a role and find out what you have to do!

Once your working group has worked out who is doing what, print out two copies of the data checklist that applies to your role.

You will need a copy for each student you are catering for (your working group will have "two extra class members" to look after).

There is also room in the data checklist for you to write any notes that will help you in your planning.

Remember you are working as a group... talk to each other and come to an agreement about your party!

Don't forget to add your own ideas of what would make a great party!


2. Research

Before you can use your data checklist, your working group must choose a group of two extra class members (students) to learn about. For example, your teacher might give you Harry and Lakshmi to learn about so that you can make the party special for them. kids_uk.gif (4135 bytes)kids_indian.gif (6020 bytes)






Your teacher will decide which pair your working group is to research.

The groups are:











a. Research on the Internet - Go to the websites listed in the Resources for your special students.

b. Contact the Embassy - see the Resource list and the sample email letter to the Ambassador.

c. Find out if there are any students or parents at the school from the country you are investigating. Get your teacher to help you ask them questions about what the children's parties are like.

They might have some information about how parties are celebrated in their original country. If they are not in your class, ask your teacher to help you find a time when you can ask that person questions.

3. The Plan

Now that you have researched some ideas, it is time to come up with a working plan that will show what you intend to do, for the rest of the class and your teacher to view.

Your working group must talk about what items are needed to help the pair of students you have studied enjoy themselves more at the party. Use your data checklist to guide you in your decisions.

part_2.gif (1675 bytes)You need to come up with

  • An invitation
  • Menu
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  • Decorations
  • Music
  • Guidelines on how to conduct the party and
  • At least one game that will suit all the students in the class group

kids_chinese.gif (3766 bytes)4. Presentation

You need to work out how you will present your creative ideas to the class.

Will you show samples of decorations, invitations, menus as well as a PowerPoint presentation?
Will your plan be shown on poster board?    

It is up to you to decide how your working group wants to present their ideas.


5. Coming to An Agreement

Each working group has seen each others work. As a class think about how you can put everybody's ideas together to form a party for all the extra class members (students) that you have studied.

Questions to think about:

  • Will one group's menu clash with another group's menu?
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  • Which colours/ shapes will suit everyone?

As a class, you need to sift through and find what parts can be included and what needs to be changed.

It may mean that you form one menu that has food from each group. It also might mean that what games were great before may not be now. This step requires a lot of talking but also a lot of listening. Your teacher will act as the mediator to ensure everyone gets a say.


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