Diversity - 1

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Teachers

Definition: Diversity means differences; people may be different in many ways, including race or ethnicity, age, disabilities, language, culture, appearance, or religion.

Questions

  • What makes people different?
  • What makes people the same?
  • Can being different make you feel sad?
  • What are some similarities between the class?
  • What are some differences?

Introduce the topic of diversity by reading the story The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio Story read aloud here: https://youtu.be/BpGhq4hkYHc

  • How were Salma and Lily alike? How were they different?
  • How did Salma feel when Lily made fun of her differences? How did Lily feel when Salma made fun of her differences?
  • How does being different from someone make you feel?
  • Is it ok to make fun of others' differences?

Discuss with students simple differences between them.Here are some possible differences to point out:

  • Hair color
  • Eye color
  • Favorite food
  • Height
  • Number of people in their family

Possible activities to review the discussion point: Step in Step Out - Have students stand in a circle and ask specific questions that allow them to step into the circle. For Example - Everyone with blue eyes step into the circle. Everyone with brown hair step into the circle.

Activity 1: Create A Venn-Diagram

Study the image above. What are the differences and similarities of the characters? Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Discuss when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 2: Draw a Self-Portrait

Have students create Self-Portraits. Have them pay attention to their skin, hair and eye colors.

Materials Needed:
  • Plain Paper - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student
  • Mirrors or Photos of Students
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 3: Diversity Chart

Using graph paper or the white or black board make charts or bar graphs counting the differences in the students’ physical attributes including eye color, skin color, hair color, hair texture, height, etc. Your graphs should represent the differences and similarities between the students. For older students, you can expand on the demographics such as race, ethnicity, nationality, languages spoken, family generations in the town and/or country.

Materials Needed:
  • Graph Paper or Board
  • Pencil for each student
  • Student Activity Sheet B

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Example script demonstrating two people understanding diversity appropriately:
Anoop: Hi, my name is Anoop what is your name?
Donny: My name is Donny. I've never heard of a name like yours. Where are you from?
Anoop: India.
Donny: Let me introduce you to my friends.


Example script demonstrating two people not understanding diversity:
Anoop: Hi, my name is Anoop what is your name?
Donny: My name is Donny. I've never heard of a name like yours. Where are you from?
Anoop: India.
Donny: Your name is really funny sounding. I never want to go to India.


If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example scripts from lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating using and not using strategies to achieve appropriate personal space. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Have students record their scripts using SiLAS software for social skills. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

Utilize current classroom literature that demonstrates handling opposition.

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Students

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Student Activity Sheet A

Study the image above. What are the differences and similarities of the characters?

List the Differences

List the Similarities

Student Activity Sheet B

What did you learn from the charts and graphs your teacher created?

Student Activity Sheet C

Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Read each statement. Check thumbs up if the statement is correct and thumbs down if the statement is incorrect.


1. Diversity means same.

2. People may be different in many ways.

3. People's race or ethnicity is always the same.

4. People's culture or language may be different.

5. It is ok if people are different from me.