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Suggestions for Instruction

  • 1.

    Read a story about diversity. Explain that we are all different based on characteristics we inherit from our parents and the effects of our environment. Example of Story: Parton, Dolly. Coat of Many Colors. Illus. Judith Sutton. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1994.

  • 2.

    Ask each student to name one thing that makes her or him different or special.

  • 3.

    Distribute copies of a BLM that lists categories of characteristics: hair, eye, and skin colour, gender, body parts, features, fitness, interests, culture, traditions, and languages, beliefs and values, family composition, and other. Refer to BLM 2-2.1: Personal Kit Categories.

  • 4.

    Explain to students that they will

    • gather information about their individual characteristics

    • put together a personal kit on these characteristics

    • illustrate these characteristics using their choice of charts, graphs, pictures, or drawings

Suggestions for Assessment

Journal/Learning Log Entry Teacher Assessment: Anecdotal Notes

Have students describe, in their journals/learning logs, similarities and differences between self and others.

Suggested Criteria:

  • Look for examples related to T hair colour T eye colour T skin colour T gender


Grade 2: Lesson 2

  • 5.

    Have students present their personal kits (during the next class).

  • 6.

    As students are listening to each other’s presentations, have each student write down at least

    • one element that they share with a classmate (or is the same as that of a classmate)

    • one aspect that they do not share (or is different)

  • 7.

    Discuss with students some similarities and differences between humans and animals when making curricular connections with science.

  • 8.

    Have students create artistic projects that represent something special about them

      • (e.

        g., painting, sculpture, dance, song, poem, skit, story).

T body parts T features T fitness T interests T culture/traditions/languages T beliefs/values T family composition T other

  • Have students record one similarity and one

difference between humans and animals.

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