How does learning about other cultures help you respect and understand people around the world? This is an essential question that second graders consider while studying people and places from their immediate region and around the globe. Across the curriculum, second graders study places in our region, like the Chesapeake Bay, as well as countries outside our region: Brazil and Japan. In reading, composition, art, music, and social studies, students immerse themselves in appreciating the commonalities and differences between their own experiences and those of people in other cultures. Guest presenters help students expand their knowledge, and field trips, such as a visit to the Bay, develop a first-hand understanding of the area. Students study the immediate watershed to see how human activity in one place affects others. Additionally, they think globally by considering how actions here can impact places outside our region. These lessons are further enriched through hands-on projects, which include building models of various Brazilian homes and experimenting with designing ikebana, a form of Japanese flower arranging.