November 11, 2009
Subject: Language Arts
Grade Level: 2nd grade
Materials: It’s Okay to be different by Todd Parr, notebooks, flash cards, pencils, drawing paper, crayons.
Objective: Students will be able to express their individuality by listing the many different qualities that make them unique (special), as well as learn about the differences found among other people.
1. Prior to reading It’s Okay to be different by Todd Parr, introduce the students to theactual meaning of diversity by asking general questions that apply to their differences and similarities. For example, you would tell the students "everyone who likes to play games stand on the right of the classroom", "those who like to play hide-and-seek stand on the left of the classroom".
2. Demonstrate and explain how to complete a Venn diagram.
3. After reading, divide the students into groups of four and have them list their
similarities and differences between each other using a quadruple venn diagram.
4. Demonstrate to the students how to use the correct form of sentence writing by using written words on flash cards as an example of correct order and clarity (ex:subject-verb agreement).
5. Have the students write a journal about the differences and similarities they
discovered between themselves and the other students in their group.
6. The students who speak Spanish will be placed in one of the four groups. These students will write 2 or 3 sentences about the differences and similarities they discovered and then translate these sentences into Spanish.
Students respond to questions asked by teacher, such as "what is another word for different?"
Students engage in a class discussion on what they learned about themselves and their class mates.