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2nd Grade Diversity Lesson

Lesson Plan

Teacher: Mr. Julio Vargas

Date: 09/27/2017
Book: Happy Like Soccer
Authors: Maribeth Boelts, Lauren Castillo

Published: 2012
Grade Level: Kindergarten Grade - 4th

Multicultural Themes

 Family impact on children

 Adapting to a new culture setting

 Class differences

Education Standards

1. CCSS.ELA- Literacy. RL. 2.5 - Describe the overall structure of a story, including
describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
2. Literacy. RL. 2.7 - Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or
digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

 Students will be able to tell the differences in scenery between Sierra’s neighborhood
field and the suburban area field where she plays her games by creating their own soccer
scene with 90% accuracy.

 Student will be able to identify the effects of the adults in the story on Sierra through a
class discussion with 90% accuracy.

 The book: Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts & Lauren Castillo
 Writing Utensils: Markers, Colored Pencils, Crayons
 Construction Paper: Various Colors of Construction Paper (To create soccer scene.)
 Lined Paper: One piece per student. (To compare and contrast a classmate’s scene.)

1. Introduce: Show the book: Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts & Lauren
Castillo. Then ask “Do you have family members that support you when you do what
you love? Now, what if that person or people couldn’t be there? How would that
make you feel?”
2. Read: Teacher reads book to class, stopping periodically to ask questions to ensure
the students are following the story, putting emphasis of the different sceneries.
3. Discuss: Students will be asked five questions about the story to think about. They
will be put into groups of five to discuss answers. Each group will share their answers
with the class once every group has completed them. Class discussion on each other’s
answers will follow.

 Question 1: Why do you think Sierra wanted her Auntie there to support her at her

 Question 2: Why did Sierra refer to her new teammates as “shiny girls’?

 Question 3: Why do you think Sierra says “No.” when Coach Marco asks her if she
needs anything?

 Question 4: What are the differences in the suburban field and Sierra’s local field?

 Question 5: How did having the final game at Sierra’s local lot affect her?

1. Students will work on creating their own soccer scene. The can use the provided colored
pencils, markers, and crayons, and construction paper to do this hands-on activity.
2. Students will get into pairs of two to compare and contrast their soccer scenes. The
groups will use their lists to see how they each interpreted the stories’ different scenes.
(Teacher will display each group’s soccer scenes in classroom side-by-side.)

 Teacher reviews scenes at the end of the day to check accuracy of different aspects of the
two classes shown in the book. (Suburban & Inner-City)