Category Archives: Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections – January 2017

Ballroom dance started in Germany, and it is a term that refers to dances performed with partners. For centuries, it was a way
for the wealthy and elite to socialize and have fun at gatherings called balls. e dances aren’t choreographed, instead, the two partners have to know the rules of the dance and […]

Cultural Connections – January 2017

Ballroom dance started in Germany, and it is a term that refers to dances performed with partners. For centuries, it was a way
for the wealthy and elite to socialize and have fun at gatherings called balls. e dances aren’t choreographed, instead, the two partners have to know the rules of the dance and […]

Cultural Connections – December 2016

Folklore is traditional art, stories, knowledge and practices that are passed down through generations. O en these traditions are only passed down through oral communication, which is like when grandparents or parents share an old recipe, song or story. When things aren’t written down it is easy for them to get lost or forgotten, which […]

Cultural Connections – November 2016

Art Rescued From The White House

The War of 1812 was fought between the Americans and the British. It lasted from 1812 to 1815. In 1814, America waslosing the war. At the time, late August, President James Madison was not in Washington D.C. He had left to meet with his generals on the battlefield. His […]

Cultural Connections – Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is an important part of American history and represents a lot more than a bell. It is a symbol of liberty and freedom for the nation. The bell’s symbolic connection to liberty, equality and freedom was forged through several historical moments. The bell was ordered in 1751 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of William Penn’s […]

Driftwood

Sometimes, through storms or shipwrecks or even pollution, trees and other pieces of wood find their way into large bodies of water. The wood is tossed about by waves. The sun shines down on the water and bleaches the wood. Small aquatic animals sometimes make their homes in the wood. And often, these pieces of […]

Cultural Connections – August 2016

Traditionally, archeologists thought the Mayan civilization lasted from about 500 BC to 1200 AD, although recent finds suggest it may have started even earlier (around 3,000 BC). It’s a culture known for its love of numbers. They used numbers to count and to measure like we do, but they also used numbers to represent their […]

Cultural Connections – July 2016


Paul Revere is famous for his midnight ride through Boston and its surrounding communities in April of 1775. He warned the colonists that the British were coming to arrest activists Samuel Adams and John Hancock. He rode to Lexington, Massachusetts, and warned many people along this route. Revere was also a part […]

Cultural Connections – June 2016

There are many wonderful things about stories. They are creative and often clever. They are entertaining. We can learn from them. Sometimes they make us laugh. Other times they might make us think or even cry. That’s why we like them so much — stories are a way for us to transfer ideas and feelings […]

Cultural Connections – May 2016

While music is an important part of Native American culture, there are many other art forms that are also significant, like weaving. Because tribes were mobile, often their art was not only beautiful, but also useful. For example, baskets and blankets were necessary items, but the different tribes wove patterns and symbols in to these […]