Having an appreciation for other cultures is such a valuable part of who we are. I believe lessons like this one
help to bridge the gap of understanding between cultures even if it's just a bit. We looked at Imperial Chinese portraits and thought about the "why's" of everything. Why are they not smiling? Why are they almost completely covered? What might the symbols mean? By looking and trying to understand we help develop our sense of appreciation of the world and other cultures.
I also did this lesson with some 3rd and 4th grade classes. To see the process click here.