Diversity - 3

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


  • 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 partnering students and allowing them time to write a definition for what they believe diversity means. Allow groups to share their definition and discuss. Present the definition of diversity and allow partners to reflect on how their definition was similar and different from the definition you provide.

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

Allow students to work with a partner to complete a venn-diagram based on their similarities and differences. If time allows, encourage the pairs to share their discoveries.

Materials Needed:
  • Paper for students to draw a venn-diagram
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 2: Diversity Web

Provide students with a web: In the center circle they should write their name. In the outer circles list an identifier or descriptor of themselves. For example: athlete, male, red hair Display each student's web and discuss the similarities and differences amongst the class.

Materials Needed:
  • Web for each student
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 3: Diversity Quote

Present students with the following quote by Stephen R. Covey: “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet B.

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

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Appropriate expression of acceptance of those who are different from themselves.
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts identifying character strengths. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct each student should take turns to have the opportunity to be both character one and character two.

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

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.


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    Student Activity Sheet A

    Based on your Venn-Diagram, what are the differences and similarities between you and your partner?

    List the Differences

    List the Similarities

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Analyze the following quote by Stephen R. Covey: “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”

    In a paragraph share what you believe it means.

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Complete the following questions.

    1. In your own words, what is Diversity?
    2. Explain the differences and similarities that you see between your classmates that you may not have seen before.
    3. If a new student came to your school tomorrow that was different from you and your classmates, what could you do to make them feel welcome?