Ask them to think about what they observed between sessions. After this review, tell students that they will be exploring two more books, Weslandia and Insects Are My Life, to better understand acceptance and intolerance. Brainstorm a list to show events, occurrences, things that make them happy or sad.
After students have shared their responses to the books, ask them if any of the situations in the books are like real life at their school right now.
Display the large Venn Diagram, filling it in with what students have written on their personal ones. Brainstorm things that make us happy or sad. Be sensitive at this point of the discussion because you do not want students to think that uniqueness and difference are not important; rather, you want students to understand that everyone is human and deserves respect and kindness regardless of how they differ from one another.
Demonstrate the functions of the Venn Diagram interactive tool as you provide instructions for the activity. Have the children work in groups to show the clothing and greetings from various cultures.
Remind them that the tabs are moveable, so they should feel free to change the position of an idea if their thinking changes. If the specific words acceptance and intolerance have not yet come up in discussion, this would be an appropriate time to introduce them to ensure a common vocabulary.
Use concepts from the first circle to clarify the idea of acceptance and items from the second circle to exemplify intolerance. Close the session by asking students to respond in their journals to the following prompt: Children can respond in their journals and write on one of the topics.
Brainstorm ways we can comfort people that are upset. After they describe the "Ideal World" in the first circle, they should use the second circle to describe what is different from the ideal in their school right now. Have the children complete Venn diagrams showing similarities and differences between the children in the book and themselves.
The main characters are not accepted for who they are; actions of the other characters in the book show intolerance of the main characters. Have children write list poems on what makes them happy or sad. As students share information from their charts, add their ideas to a class T-Chart, comparing the information to the Venn Diagram from the previous session.
Some of the ideas may come directly from the book, but students will have to infer other characteristics of the ideal world. Read and discuss the book. Add those to the class Venn Diagram from the previous session. As groups are reading, discussing, and putting relevant examples on their T-Chartscirculate the room, conferring with groups and answering questions that students may have.
Or children can write ways we can help others. Students should complete the journal entry for homework if necessary. Session Two In this session, student pairs will use the Venn Diagram interactive tool to compare and contrast the ideal version of acceptance from Whoever You Are with the reality of acceptance and intolerance at their school right now.
Give students time to complete and print their Venn Diagrams. Children can also create Venn diagrams to show the similarities and differences between themselves and a friend.
After students have shared what makes them unique, have the class brainstorm ways that all people are basically the same general human needs, emotions, physical features, and so forth. After you finish the book, ask students to summarize the main idea of the book, focusing on which the author thinks is more important: Shift the focus of the discussion to life at your school.
Have students share their responses with a partner or with the class. Ask students to think about the way they see people being treated at their school.
Have children respond in their journals: Use the link listed in the resources to help with the writing of list poems. They should then use the space in the overlap of the circle to show ways in which your school is close to, or working toward, the ideal world already. Ask students to observe the ways people treat one another at school, thinking about what they read and discussed in this session.
Children will demonstrate the greeting from their assigned culture.WHOEVER YOU ARE By Mem Fox This story celebrates those external and internal qualities that make Questions and Activities Play the video, Whoever You Are, created and performed by the Grade 2/3 Class of Windang Public School.
'Whoever You Are', by Mem Fox, activities and lesson plans surrounding the theme of cultures of the world, acceptance & tolerance.
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Moving Toward Acceptance Through Picture Books and Two-Voice Texts. Introduce the book Whoever You Are by Mem Fox. Ask students to think about the author's message as you read.
Discuss the similarities and differences between people across cultures with a series of reading activities based on the beautiful story and illustrations in Whoever.
This series of activities will help children to become familiar with other cultures and learn that people all over the world have things in common. Before beginning, the teacher should: • Read Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, a book that celebrates the differences in different cultures.
This Whoever You Are by Mem Fox packet contains a variety of activities that correlate with the book. There is a sort for how we are the same vs.
different. There are also some great discussion questions that can be used in the classroom or when working with another class.Download