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“We’re Just Like Crayons” by Stephen Fite is the Centerpiece for this Diversity Lesson

Subject:

Social Studies  

Grades:

1, 2  

Title – Social Studies: Diversity
By – Stephanie
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Grade Level – 1-2

New York City Standards:

  • My family and other families: Families have beliefs, customs, and traditions.
  • My community and local region: Different events, people, problems, and ideas make up my community’s history.

Objective:

Students should be able to determine what diversity is and will be able to interpret a poem/song based on diversity with 90% accuracy.

Aim:

What is diversity?

Motivation:

Show students a box of crayons. The students will be asked to explain what they see when they look at the crayons. They should be able to explain the differences and similarities within the crayons. They will also have to think about how the different crayons make them feel. Do they like certain crayons or dislike others? Why or why not?

(Synthesis, Analysis, Evaluation)

Materials:

  • Box of crayons. Box should contain different colors, sizes, wrappers, and some that are wore out. Must contain verity.
  • Poem/song We’re Just Like Crayons by Stephen Fite displayed on chart paper
  • Tape or CD of the song We’re Just Like Crayons by Stephen Fite for children to listen to and sing along with.

Engagement Activity:

Students will work with a partner and discuss the ideas and questions in the motivation.

(Synthesis, Analysis, Evaluation)

Development:

  1. While sitting in a circle, begin with the motivation and engagement activity.
  2. Children will then share his/her ideas and feelings towards the crayons. Using the motivation as a model, children will be asked what they think diversity is. Encourage them to think about what they said about the crayons.
  3. If children aren’t able to define diversity, then define it for them. Diversity – great difference; variety. Further, explain the meaning of diversity among people and how people have any differences. You may what to discuss some differences between the class at this point. Explain to students that just like crayons people come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. Students should be told that these differences are what make us special, unique, and makes us who we are.
    (Knowledge, Comprehension, Analysis, Evaluation )
  4. At this point, talk about how the crayons made them feel. Did they like every color, size, and shape? Why or why not? At this point, you may want to introduce the word prejudice. Prejudice – An opinion that has been formed beforehand or before all the facts are known. Explain that sometimes people say or think things about a person before they get to know them or based on a persons physical appearances. Just as the children did when they looked at the crayons. At this point, explain to students the prejudice is not a good think and we shouldn’t judge whether we like a person by what he or she looks like.
    ( Knowledge, Comprehension, Analysis, Evaluation )
  5. We will then break from our circle and retune to his/her floor spots.
  6. Introduce the poem/song We’re Just Like Crayons by Stephen Fite.
  7. Read the poem/song to the class. Then in a choral reading style we will read the poem/song together.
  8. Discuss the poem and have fun with it.
    ( Synthesis, Analysis, Evaluation )
  9. Finally, have the children listen to the song once. If time permits play the song again and have the children sing along. This is a fun song so have fun with it.

Assignment:

For homework or during writer’s workshop, students will write about what makes them different, special, and/or unique.

Link:

Use this link to hear the song used in the lesson:
http://www.songsforteaching.com/fitecrayons.htm


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 & 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 came right into my brain
Then I began to see
We’re just like crayons
Spread all over the world
Just like my crayons
All over the floor
Black, brown, yellow, red & 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 yours of 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
Spread all over the world
Just like my crayons
All over the floor
Black, brown, yellow, red & white
It’s such a wonderful sight
We’re just like crayons
All over the world

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