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culture exchange



This is a strange request, but my son is part of a Japanese/American exchange program. There are 8 middle school students (4 boys, 4 girls) going to Japan in the spring. The Japanese kids were just here and what a great experience! Anyway, when the American kids go to Japan they will be doing a culture exchange activity. The director of the program wants the students to come up with something they can share about our culture. It must be something with very little language, and she asked that we not use holidays, or sports as this has been done in the past. We're havig a difficult time coming up with anything. Any suggestions would be appreciated. (We're from Michigan, if that matters.)



What about seasonal activities? Like in the fall some people like to rake the leaves and jump in them. Others like to place a leaf under a sheet of a paper and shade it so the leaf appears on the paper. In winter, there's making snowmen, skiing, sledding, snow boarding, etc. They could highlight the seasons and the traditions, activities, and weather that comes with them. I'm not sure if this will work as some activities and traditions overlap with holidays and sports. I'll keep thinking! I hope your son will enjoy his time in Japan!

Amy L

Senior Member
I agree with these ideas. Michigan has such distinct seasons, you should be able to highlight each. Share about the Great Lakes... boating, fishing, ice fishing, sledding, etc. I know some may be similar, but that's a good lesson, too:)