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My approach will be to present concepts in a particular sequence, one building on the other, beginning with having my students take a closer look at themselves, their names, their families, and their neighborhoods in an effort to foster their knowledge and appreciation of themselves as individuals and as members of a group. From there, we will move on to explore the concept of ‘similarities’ and ‘differences’ in people. Finally, we will look more closely at prejudice and discrimination.
I plan to use children’s literature—fiction, non-fiction and poetry—as a vehicle to introduce each topic. To bring further clarity and meaning to the concept being explored, I have chosen relevant interdisciplinary activities (particularly writing, art, mathematics and role-playing) to accomplish each lesson.
(Recommended for Social Development, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Reading, grades K-4)