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whoever you are lesson plan

Updated on April 26, 2014

Whoever You Are


Whoever You Are

Grade: Pre-K

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.

Standards Correlation:

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

of others.

Essential Question:

How are we all different?

How are we all the same?

Key Skills:

Students will:

· 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

· Glue

· Markers

· 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.

Step-by-Step Procedures:

1. Read Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

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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      prekcarolyn 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much! I love planning lessons around stories!

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      hamza 5 years ago

      I have great honor to join you in this plan lessen thank you

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      prekcarolyn 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you, Casey. I will check out your hub as well.

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      Mike and Dorothy McKenney 7 years ago from United States

      Great lesson plan. I have been creating hubs that are quizzes for students, although they are more for junior and senior high school students. I would love for you to check them out. Keep up the good work.

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      prekcarolyn 7 years ago from Georgia

      Marla, I'm so honored that you read my lesson plan. I would love to see the unit you mentioned. I am a huge fan of your music and love the message you send to children. I use several of your songs as background music for my classroom as well. The kids always love to hear "Mighty Jackie, the Strikeout Queen". Thank you for sharing your talents.

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      Marla 7 years ago


      Thanks so much for using my song in your lesson plan! I am deeply honored. You can also use the lyrics and pdf map on my site to teach about different languages, nationalities, and where countries are located. I even have an entire unit of lessons that a teacher from Australia sent me -- all stemming from my song. If you like, I would be happy to forward it to you.