GPS Has A Fair Of Global Learning

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rice pudding with candied papaya, Thai curry, and Norwegian donuts were just some of the global delicacies presented at the GPS Sixth Grade Culture Fair on Monday. The main gym was transformed to represent 20 countries around the world as the capstone to a several-weeks-long Global Cultures project by the students of teacher Amy Piper.  

Girls worked in teams to research various aspects of a country, including the traditions, holidays, educational system, and government. They presented keynote presentations on their iPads as well as fashioned creative trifold boards to decorate tables.   

“I really enjoyed the dancing,” said sixth grader Sana Nisar, speaking about the two classical Indian dances choreographed and performed by fellow sixth graders.  Representatives from UTC’s Asia program, who spoke to the class earlier in the semester, helped students and guests make origami bookmarks and sent students home with their names written in Japanese. 

There were also costumes including pharaohs, camels, Quetzal birds, a dreidel, a sheep, a banana, and traditional dancers were but a small sampling representing cultures of the world. Enjoy more photos from the fair in this slideshow.


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