Students explore the concept of diversity. Groups work together to create two different images: one that is made up of just one type of shape and one that is made up of several different shapes. Then, they read and discuss the book All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold to explore how diversity can strengthen a community.
How Differences Enrich a Community
Students explore the benefits of living in diverse communities through the book Everybody Bakes Bread by Norah Dooley. They discuss key details in the story that reflect the richness of diversity. Students then represent and share an example of a time they tried something new in their community to deepen their understanding about the value of diversity.
Responding to Differences
Students explore how individuals and communities can address problems that may arise as a result of differences in order to build more inclusive, accepting communities. They read and discuss The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah, and generate ideas for recognizing and solving problems. Students discuss how differences can either lead to conflict, or enrich our lives. Students think about the main idea of the story, and how it relates to the concept of diversity.
Responding to Differences (Digging Deeper)
Students revisit The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah to analyze how a character’s feelings about her friendship and differences change over the course of the events of the story. They also reflect on their own experiences to recall how their own thinking changed with open-mindedness and experience.
Students read City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan to learn about people from different families who came together to solve a problem in their community. They explore illustrations to find examples of how characters use different skills to work together to improve their community and help one another.
Reflecting on Our Findings (Checkpoint Assessment)
Through this Essential Question, students have explored how diversity strengthens a community. This final lesson may be used as a checkpoint assessment of cumulative learning throughout this Essential Question. Here, students consider how they can react positively to differences.
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How does our diversity strengthen our community?
Students explore the concept of diversity and the value of living in diverse communities. They investigate how families with different structures, traditions, cultures, and backgrounds can work together to make their communities stronger.