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Appreciating Diversity

Everyone belongs and is welcome in this lesson on diversity and inclusion. Students will hear a story and learn a song connected to welcoming and including others.
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Students will be able to identify what it means to be an "includer" and discuss ways they may include others inside and outside of school.

(10 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle, seated or standing.
  • Ask students, "What does it mean to 'include' others?"
  • Ask, "Can someone give an example of a time they have been included in a game or activity?"
  • Ask, "How does it feel when you are included?"
  • Explain that someone who includes others is called an includer.
  • Write "includer" on the board and draw a picture of a young person including someone else in a game.
  • Show the video "The Number One Way To Teach Kids About Inclusion."
  • Ask, "What are some tips they give us on how can we include others?"
  • Take 3–4 student responses.
(15 minutes)
  • Show students the book All Are Welcome.
  • Ask, "What do you think this book will be about?"
  • Read the book aloud to the class.
  • Pause and ask questions to check for understanding throughout the story.
  • Ask the following questions:
    • What can you do to make someone else feel welcome?
    • How can you include others at lunch?
    • What are some ways you can include others during recess?
    • Describe how you can include others in class.
(10 minutes)
  • Show students The Strength of Community worksheet.
  • Explain that this worksheet guides them to draw a picture of themselves and write their interests and talents.
  • Tell students that each picture will become part of a classroom bulletin board under the title: “We are part of a community. Our strength is our diversity.”
  • Model drawing a picture of yourself and writing your likes and talents.
  • Ask if there are any questions.
(15 minutes)
  • Send students back to their seats to work on The Strength of Community worksheet.
  • Circle around the room and check in with as many students as possible to see if they have any questions or need support.

Enrichment: Ask advanced students to help you create the sign for the bulletin board: "We are part of a community. Our strength is our diversity."

Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students and provide support with The Strength of Community worksheet.

(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the room and check student comprehension during independent work. Field any questions and provide support where needed.
(5 minutes)
  • Bring students back together in a circle (ask them to bring their completed boxes for the poster).
  • Ask each student to share their picture and read their interest/ talent to a partner.
  • After each pair shares, have students hand their pictures to you to put up on the classroom bulletin board.
  • Have the class say in unison, "We are part of a community. Our strength is our diversity."
  • Play and video and song "Everyone Belongs."
  • Sing the song together.
  • Ask, "How will we remember what we have learned today?"

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