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2nd Grade Diversity Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Teacher: Miss. Gemma Mangino

Date: 02/09/2017
Book: Do I Look Odd To You
By: Rebecca and James McDonald
Published: June 16th, 2015
Grade Level: Prekindergarten - 3rd grade

Multicultural Themes

• Environmental adaptations

• Contact with other culture groups

• Developing friendships and social groups

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. CCSS.ELA- 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.

● The students will be able to illustrate acceptance and awareness of different cultures by
creating individual drawings of an “alien” and writing a short storyline with a peer
including their drawings with 90% accuracy.

● Students will be able to summarize and identify the moral of the story through peer/group
discussion with 95% accuracy.

Materials Needed
❖ The book Do I Look Odd To You by Rebecca and James McDonald
❖ Writing utensils (Crayons, markers, colored pencils)
❖ White sheets of paper (To create illustrations on and storyline)
❖ Safety scissors (To cut construction paper)
❖ Various colors of construction paper (To create their own cut outs and shapes for
❖ Googly Eyes, ribbons, buttons (Optional use for drawing activity)
❖ Glue (To glue down construction paper, googly eyes, ribbons, and buttons)

1. Introduce: Present the book Do I Look Odd To You by Rebecca and James McDonald.
Then ask “Do I look odd to you or normal? Now, imagine if I was covered in polka dots.
Would I still be the same person on the inside even though I look different on the
2. Read: Teacher reads the book aloud to entire class.
3. Discuss: (“Think, Pair, Share”) Students will be addressed the five questions and given
time to reflect on them. Then, students will pair with a peer and compare their answers.
After given a few minutes to exchange opinions, they will share with the class what they
had come up with for the questions. Collectively as a class discuss initial thoughts and
opinions on the plot, how the story began and ended, and what was the author’s message.
● Question 1. Why do you think the “alien” kept changing its color?
● Question 2. Why do you think the author mentions that there are other planets besides
● Question 3. How do you think the “alien” felt when it said “Your expression says I look
very odd-”?
● Question 4. How did this story end, and why?
● Question 5. Do you think it’s right to welcome differences or make fun of them? Explain
how you would feel if someone made fun of you for being different.

1. Students actively work individually on creating their own “alien” character. They may
use: colored pencils, markers, crayons, colored construction paper, ribbons, buttons,
googly eyes, scissors, and glue during this activity. (Hands-on)
2. Students will pair with one classmate, and together write a short scene, five to seven
sentences, with their new characters reflecting what they had learned. (Teacher will staple
characters and short scene together and display in classroom.)

● Teacher openly reviews short scenes to check accuracy and acknowledgment of
differences in people.