Sesame Street: Respect | Word on the Street youtu.be/GOzrAK4gOSo
Small Talk | Differences | CBC Kids youtu.be/spHQcfGAsQUo
Hair Love: | Oscar®-Winning Short Film (Full) youtu.be/kNw8V_Fkw28
All are Welcome: vimeo.com/606836462
Access the student reflection APP which provides an opportunity for students and teachers to reflect and respond to topic-specific prompts.
The purpose of this lesson is to teach young students about respectful interactions, as well as to celebrate diversity.
Everyone deserves respect.
Being different from others is a special and beautiful thing.
Celebrating diversity means honoring the differences in all.
The world is full of different cultures and traditions. None is better than the other.
Learning more about the world and diversity in the world is powerful.
Activity 1: (10 minutes) PYRAMID ANCHOR CHART
Introduce the lesson with the slideshow and student check-in questions. Review the Pyramid of Happiness anchor chart. Review the third level of the pyramid and perform that action (wrap arms around yourself in a hug). Make the connection of respect to the feeling of belonging and connection. Remind students about the actions associated with each level of the pyramid. Have a discussion:
Activity 2: (10 minutes) BRAINSTORM & VIDEO
Ask students ways that they show respect, or care, for others. List ideas on the board. Watch the Sesame Street video about respect.
Activity 3: (15 minutes) DIRECT INSTRUCTION & ROLE PLAY
One way to show respect is to use nice manners. Use the presentation slides to teach about common manners K–2 students can show. Allow students time to roleplay and practice with a peer to show proper manners.
Have a discussion about the word culture. Help students understand that when we talk about culture we are referring to our language, food, dress, traditions, and beliefs. Invite students to share with a partner some aspects of their own culture.
Activity 4: (15 minutes) VIDEO, DISCUSSION & FURTHER RESEARCH
What is diversity? Diversity is a word for the differences in everyone around us.
Watch the Small Talk: Differences video. Read the book All Are Welcome Here by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman. Challenge students to pay attention to how many differences they see in the story. Take time to point out various aspects of culture in the story (food, clothing, traditions). Discuss differences with a smile and positivity. Invite students to ask questions about the various traditions, clothing, and people. A possible follow up activity is to invite students to learn more about various people and cultures around the world by having your school librarian or media specialist share various informational texts.
Invite students to go home and ask their parents about some of their cultural traditions (favorite foods, clothing, traditions) in their own family. Invite students to share or invite parents as guest speakers.
Activity 5: (10 minutes) VIDEO & DISCUSSION
Honoring differences and diversity is showing respect! As we watch the video “Hair Love,” look for ways that the characters show respect and celebrate differences. Show the video.
Have a discussion: