Suggestions for Instruction
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.
Ask each student to name one thing that makes her or him different or special.
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.
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.
Look for examples related to T hair colour T eye colour T skin colour T gender
Grade 2: Lesson 2
Have students present their personal kits (during the next class).
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)
Discuss with students some similarities and differences between humans and animals when making curricular connections with science.
Have students create artistic projects that represent something special about them
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.