whoever you are lesson plan
Whoever You Are
Whoever You Are
Topic: Social Studies Development, Social and Emotional Development
Short lesson overview:
This is a celebration of similarities and differences among people. We all have rights and want to be respected. Acceptance of others is a very important lesson for us all! The bookWhoever You Arepoints out that many of us are different in the way we look (hair color and texture, eye color, and skin color), we are different in the way we live (where we live, what our families look like, where we go to school, our geographical location, our language), but we are all the same in that we all need to feel love, we all smile and laugh when we are happy, and we all cry when we are hurt or sad. Students will see ways that we are all the same and different within our classroom throughout this lesson.
Assessment of students’ prior knowledge:
As students enter a new classroom/school, it is important that we all respect one another for our differences and similarities. This lesson is intended for early in the school year when we are all getting to know one another.
LD1d Listens to stories read aloud and shows understanding through body
language or by interacting appropriately.
LD6a Experiments with a variety of writing tools, materials and surfaces.
LD6b Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters or other forms of writing.
SS2a Identifies similarities and differences between people.
SE1b Recognizes self as a unique individual and becomes aware of the uniqueness
How are we all different?
How are we all the same?
· Use writing tools and drawings to express feelings and ideas.
· Identify differences between people.
· Identify similarities among people.
· Recognize self as a unique individual.
· Recognize others as unique individuals.
Assessment of students in this lesson:
Students will share personal information about themselves during the creation of the paper dolls. Teacher should observe students as they work together and document comments from the children about how their dolls are the same/different.
Materials and Resources:
·Whoever You Areby Mem Fox, Illustrated by Leslie Staub (Scholastic, 1999)
· We All Laugh In The Same Language CD by Marla Lewis (2004)
· Multicultural flesh colored construction paper
· People cutouts
· Large craft sticks
· Yarn in a variety of colors (for hair)
Introduction (Activating Hook):
Play a recording of “We All Laugh in the Same Language” by Marla Lewis to begin in this lesson. Point out that many people speak in different language, and live in different types of homes, but we all have the same kinds of feelings.
2. Discuss what the story means and how we are all different and the same. Discuss that one thing that is different about each of us is that we have different names.
3. Create a hand puppet of yourself: Provide each child with a person cutout created from multicultural flesh colored construction paper that has been glued to a large craft stick. Provide markers so that the students can decorate them. Remind students to think about their eye color and dress the puppet in their favorite color. Provide glue and yarn in various colors for hair!
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