Wednesday, February 27, 2008

We are all alike...We are all different

Grade Level: K
Title: We are all alike…We are all different
Author & Illustrator: Cheltenham Elementary School Kindergartners

Summary: This book is about the way that people are different and alike. The book talks about the way we look, our families, the places we live, the food we eat, and the things we like to do. It talks about how we are alike because we are people, we have families, we live somewhere, we eat food, and we like to play but then for each section it says that we are different and explains how and why we are different from each other. This is a great book because it was written and illustrated by a Kindergarten elementary school.

Reflections: I really liked this book. I love that it is written and illustrated by other students. The book seems so simple but has such a powerful message of acceptance and tolerance that will be really important for young students to learn.

How Would I Use the Book: This book can be used in a variety of ways. We could do exactly what those students did and we could make up our own book and make our own pictures. We could use it to make "All about me" books and share the things about ourselves and how we are different. We could share about our families and where we live and what we look like. It could also be a whole unit on diversity and the meaning behind that word.

Domains of Social Justice:
1. Self-Love and Acceptance: Students would learn about their families and where their from and would be encourage to accept that.
2. Respect for Others: Students would learn about their fellow classmates and would be asked to respect each other and they would see how in the book all the students saw that they were the same but also different.
3. Exploring Issues of Social Justice: This book teaches the students to accept one another for who they are. This book would help the students to explore the issue of acceptance and trying to promote that around our communities and world.
4. Social Movements and Social Change: Students will learn to accept one another and see beyond their differences. Hopefully talking about this will go beyond the classroom and the students could even make a published book of their own and spread the message of acceptance and tolerance.
5. Taking Social action – The students can share what they learned with the people around them and start taking action by practicing acceptance and tolerance.

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