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Kate Cervone Grade: 2 Topic: Diversity

October 2010 Content Area: SS, ELA “We’re Just Like Crayons!” Lesson

INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVE Writing with a partner, the student will write four to five sentences about diversity with at least 80% accuracy. STANDARDS AND INDICATORS English Language Arts Standard 4: Language for Social Interaction Students will listen, speak, read, and write for social interaction. Students will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language for effective social communication with a wide variety of people. As readers and listeners, they will use the social communications of others to enrich their understanding of people and their views. • This will be evident when students participate in the Getting to Know You Scavenger Hunt and must interact with each other to learn about one another. Social Studies Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship, and Government Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutionaldemocracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation. • This will be evident when students identify the definition of diversity by using crayon manipulatives as examples. • • MOTIVATION The teacher will read and share the poem, “We’re Just Like Crayons” by Stephen Fite and hold up large colorful graphics related to the poem. The teacher will distribute five different crayons to each student and will lead a class discussion about how crayons are different. MATERIALS 60 crayons of all different sizes and colors “We’re Just Like Crayons” by Stephen Fite poem worksheets Headphones CD of “We’re Just Like Crayons” by Stephen Fite poem Getting to Know You Scavenger Hunt worksheet Pencils STRATEGIES • • Group work Cooperative learning

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ADAPTATIONS For the student who has ADD, the teacher will give him a five minute break between activities to give him a chance to recollect his thoughts. For the student who is visually impaired, the teacher will distribute large crayons and large sized font worksheets to help her see easier. DIFFERENTIATION OF INSTRUCTION Teachers are aware that all students do not learn in the same way. For the students who are auditory learners, they will be able to listen to a recorded version of the “We’re Just Like Crayons” poem. For the students who are visual learners, the teacher will write the definition of diversity on the chalkboard. DEVELOPMENTAL PROCEDURES The teacher will distribute five crayons to each student and lead a class discussion about characteristics of the crayons (What are some important traits about crayons? Are crayons the same? How are crayons different?) Read “We’re Just Like Crayons” out loud as a group (or each child read two lines at a time) (What does the poem mean? How are people like crayons? How are crayons unique? Are people unique?) Discuss the meaning of diversity (Has anyone ever heard of this word? What do you think it means? How does it relate to the poem? How does it relate to crayons?) Even though we are all different (like crayons), we are all similar! The class will begin a Getting to Know You Scavenger Hunt to see how they are unique, and also what they have in common. (Does anyone see anything they have in common? Have you found anyone who dislikes the same things as you?) The teacher will review out loud the different categories of the scavenger hunt and see what the class has in common despite each person being unique and review what diversity means. (Were you surprised to see how much you have in common? How can diversity be applied to our class? Are we all the same? If we are all different, can we have things in common? Are we diverse like crayons?) ASSESSMENT The students will understand the meaning of diversity if they are able to define diversity with at least 80% accuracy. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE For homework, the students will write five sentences about how they are unique. FOLLOW-UP

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For the student who needs help with writing, he or she will have the option of discussing the homework assignment with the teacher. Academic Enrichment: • For the student who easily achieved the objective, he or she will have the option of writing a creative story about diversity using crayons as characters. REFERENCES Bennett, C. I. (2010). Comprehensive multicultural education: Theory and practice (with MyEducationLab) (7th Edition) (7 ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. (www.teach-nology.com, T. O. (n.d.). Getting to know you worksheet: Scavenger hunt. Worksheets, lesson plans, teacher resources, and rubrics from teach nology.com. Retrieved October 4, 2010, from http://www.teach nology.com/worksheets/misc/back Stephanie, -. (n.d.). Social studies: Diversity - Social studies lesson plan, thematic unit, activity, worksheet, or teaching idea. The lesson plans page - Over 4,000 fREE lesson plans!. Retrieved October 4, 2010, from http://www.lessonplanspage.com

Graphics to hold up throughout reading of poem:

We’re Just Like Crayons By Stephen Fite

We're just like crayons spread over the world, Just like my crayons all over the floor, Black, brown, yellow, red and white, It's such a wonderful sight! We're just like crayons, all over the world.

I was coloring a picture of the earth the other day,

When my baby sister decided that she wanted to play. She grabbed my box of crayons and turned them upside down, Of course the crayons left the box and fell right to the ground, And when I looked down at the mess I knew was waiting for me, A thought popped right into my brain then I began to see, We're just like crayons all over the world,

Just like my crayons all over the floor Black, brown, yellow, red and white, It's such a wonderful sight! We're just like crayons all over the world.

Now even though the color of my skin is not the same, As yours or his or hers, One fact is very plain: I’m no better or no less than anybody else now,

And if you're wandering why that is then let me tell you how, We were all created, created equally, So we should all just live together peacefully. Just like crayons all over the world, Just like my crayons all over the floor, Black, brown, yellow, red and white, It's such a wonderful sight! We're just like crayons all over the world.