Lesson Plan

Gratitude for Differences

In this lesson, students will discuss similarities and differences in a fish bowl activity. They will also learn tools to practice gratitude for each other's differences and similarities.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to articulate and practice gratitude for each other's differences and similarities.


(10 minutes)
Celebrating Our Garden of Differences
  • Prepare photos to project on the board: a world where flowers are the same color, same food, all people look the same, etc.
  • Join students together into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
  • Project one image onto the board and ask, "What do you notice? What do you wonder?"
  • Project 3–4 more images and ask the same questions.
  • Explain to the class that in these photos, everything is the same: same food, same colors, same people.
  • Ask the class, "What do you think the world would be like if everyone looked the same? If all food was the same? (If all food was broccoli?) If there was only one kind of flower?"
  • After the students share some ideas, say, "It would be pretty boring if everything in the world was the same, right?"