Lesson Plan

Appreciating Diversity and Differences

In this lesson, students will hear the story *Lovely* and work in small groups to create a book or a symbol of appreciation for others' differences. Students will consider how appreciating differences supports community and relationships.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to articulate how they appreciate diversity and differences by writing a story or creating artwork.


(10 minutes)
Lovely Art Pieces
  • Bring students together into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
  • Write the word "lovely" on the board.
  • Ask students to participate in a "chalk talk," in which they will silently come up to the board and write words or phrases that connect to the word "lovely." They can also write questions or piggy-back off of others' words and phrases.
  • After the chalk talk activity, ask for a student volunteer to come up and talk about what they notice. Ask, "What words are connected? Are there questions on the board?"
  • Write the following quote on the board: "Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. A world of differences all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!"
  • Give students a minute to think about the meaning of this quote. Then, have them share their thoughts with a partner.
  • Have 2–3 pairs share what they discussed with the whole class.
  • Explain to the class that today they will be discussing the word "lovely." They will hear a story named Lovely, which is about appreciating and respecting each other's differences, and ultimately seeing everyone as lovely.
  • Explain that they will then write a book of their own that is similar to Lovely.