The richness of this diversity can truly be a tremendous
national resource. In order to achieve this potential it
is critically important that our students are able to understand
and respect each other.
This program has been specifically created to foster understanding
and respect by exposing students to the major cultures that
form the American mosaic. Emphasizing unity and defining
the common ground shared by all, the program is both enlightening
By participating in this presentation, the student will:
- Gain an understanding of the origins and role of culture
- Experience different cultural expressions of art and
- See how different cultures approach rites of passage,
games and sports
- Understand the concept of America as the land of immi
grants, the great melting pot
- Explore how the different cultures help shape everyday
American life from the foods we eat to the language we
- Learn the different major contributions made by men
and women of the various cultures
The material is presented in an engaging and stimulating
manner. It features fascinating audio visuals and lively
audience participation including songs, movement, and tribal
games. The program is geared to the level of the specific
age group of the audience.
Our student body consists of students from grades
PK-8. Mr. Segals program was appropriate at all levels...his
presentation was dynamic...the students found it enjoyable
and interesting...he held everyones attention throughout.
- Mary Dunwoodie, Principal, St. Monica’s
School, Devon, Pennsylvania
His program was fast-paced and extremely creative.,
his use of props, costumes, and musical instruments was
entirely unique...it kept my students attention from
beginning to end...my teachers liked it...I would recommend
this presentation to any elementary school.
- Marie Louis, Principal, Oak Valley Elementary
School; Wenonah, New Jersey
SEQUENCE OF PROGRAM
I introduce the show by changing from my
street clothes into the peasant garb worn by my grandparents
in the Ukraine. I emphasize the point that all of our families,
at some point in time migrated to North America.
Using large screen video images, I take the student on a tour
of our Worlds cultures focusing on the five main groups
here in the United States: African, Asian, European, Latino
and Native. I depict how each culture came; contributions
made by each group and describe intolerance: what happens
when cultures cannot get along.
Using student volunteers, I demonstrate a variety of native
percussion instruments from each of the major U.S. Cultures.
The students are put into costumes and taught to play along
with an African rhythm.
For Grades K-3, we take the students on a storytelling trip
around the world through the use of volunteers, costumes,
puppets, music and magic. A young boy, in order to have his
dog returned, must solve this riddle: He must find five children
who are completely different but exactly the same. There is
extensive audience participation throughout.
CLASSROOM MATERIALS: An
overview of the program will be provided for the teachers
prior to the assembly including classroom activities.