Written by Holly (Teach Starter)
Posted Monday March 12, 2018
Harmony Day is celebrated on the 21st of March every year in Australia! It’s a day that as a community, we celebrate the diversity of our amazing country. On this day the main message is ‘everyone belongs’ and what an amazingly fantastic opportunity to encourage inclusiveness of the different cultural backgrounds that make up your class and school! These Harmony Day teaching resources and activity ideas will help you to celebrate with your students.
Harmony Day. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
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Here are some cute Harmony Day activities and ideas for your classroom.
Music Brings Everyone Together
This is one of my favourite songs, a song that encourages young children to appreciate that everyone belongs! Every year my class would sing this song at the whole school assembly to celebrate Harmony Day.
We would spend some time listening to the words of the song and have a class discussion about the important message the song is trying to portray. It was always a hit!
Immerse your School Community in the Celebration
To fully immerse your class and school into Harmony Day encourage students and teachers to come dressed in orange on March 21.
Why orange? Orange is the official colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. It signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. The colour orange also relates to freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.
Use our beautifully illustrated Harmony Day classroom posters to display in your classroom or around your school.
Classroom Activities for Harmony Day
This gorgeous Harmony Tree Craft activity creates a simple, yet effective display that celebrates your students’ different backgrounds and cultures.
Students use a hand template to represent themselves and their cultural background.
The hands are then used to create a whole class harmony tree display.
This is another creative Harmony Day craft activity to use when learning about the cultural diversity of your class.
Students use a paper chain template to represent themselves and their cultural background.
The people cutouts are then joined together to create a paper chain to display in your classroom.
Use our collection of printable worksheets to celebrate and identify the diverse cultures that make up your classroom.
In this collection of Harmony Day worksheets, students identify different groups that they belong to, design and create their own Harmony Day badge and create a self-portrait.
Students will love designing and decorating their very own Harmony Day badge.
Print the Harmony Day badge template and encourage your students to decorate the badge in a way that is inspired by their own diverse cultures. Or they can simply design an image that portrays the meaning of Harmony Day!
Encourage your students to learn how to say hello in a number of different languages using this gorgeous Hello Around the World classroom bunting.
For more classroom activities, displays and ideas for Harmony Day, check out our Harmony Day resource collection.
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