An activity book to inspire children’s curiosity and conversation about culture

This activity book introduces you to real Minnesotans from a diverse range of heritage backgrounds. The stories presented in this book reflect what the individuals wanted to share about their cultures. As children read about the different Minnesotans featured in this book, we hope they will think about how culture and heritage are important in the life stories of these Minnesotans and are also important in their own stories. As their view of what it means to be a Minnesotan expands, we believe it will also increase their curiosity and understanding of our big, shared world.

Minnesota is home to people with family origins from around the world

Bring some of their stories to life in your classroom!
Our teaching guides offer additional extension activities, videos, lesson plans, and more.

Praise for the Activity Book

“What a wonderful resource to teach an appreciation for the rich diversity in our Minnesota communities and classrooms. It fits so nicely with Global Minnesota’s own programs that encourage respectful curiosity about new and different cultures and people. Well researched and thoughtfully presented!”

Sylvia OxenhamK-12 Education Program Manager, Global Minnesota

“A culturally responsive and sustaining education is the pathway toward equity for students of color and American Indian students, and education excellence for everyone in our classrooms. Our Minnesota Community: A Big Shared World Activity Book promotes critical thinking on the values and culture in Minnesota while highlighting our similarities, which is essential at every level of education.”

Carlos Mariani Rosa Executive Director, MN Education Equity Partnership

“As a professional educator with over 15 years experience in both K-12 and Higher Education, I am astutely aware of the difference it makes when children are exposed to culturally relevant resources. A culturally responsive teaching and learning pedagogy is a critical component to the social-emotional development of all learners. Our Minnesota Community is a wonderful resource to engage learners in culturally responsive conversations. As a native of Minnesota, it personally gives me great pleasure to know this resource will be in the hands of our future leaders, our youth!”

Dr. Teresa TaylorExecutive Director, Center for Culturally Responsive Engagement, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

A Big Shared World Activity Book

Written and designed for upper elementary age children, this activity book provides an entry point to cultural awareness and responsiveness. The book includes brief snapshots of 13 Minnesotan individuals or couples, which tell of their unique cultures, values, and traditions. The activities in the book – games, drawing, coloring, questions – are designed to help children think critically about their own values and worldview. The activity book is ideal for:
  • Public and private school classrooms
  • Homeschoolers
  • After-school clubs
  • Library summer activities
  • State visitor facilities
  • Family travel activity
*Aligned with Minnesota Education Standards*