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