Colorful Back-to-School Diversity Lesson!
MLK Day is often when we talk about diversity, but we think that the beginning of the school year also offers a fabulous opportunity for showing your kiddos how - using the classroom as a small scale example - our differences can enrich our communities and the lives of others! We all have something unique to bring to the table and, as you try to determine and shape a learning environment to fit the personality and dynamic of your new students, celebrating those differences can be a great first step to a successful school year!
The Crayon Box that Talked Writing Activities
Alisha over at The Bubbly Blonde created these awesome writing prompt freebies to go with Shane Derolf's The Crayon Box that Talked - a story that teaches kiddos that we need all the crayons/colors in the box and that, when we all work together, the results are sure to be colorful! Her free packet includes;
- A poster of the poem
- Two friendship quote posters
- Three writing prompts - "We need many different colors because...", "I am special...", and "If we were all the same color..."
Craft & Display Ideas
Of course, these writing prompts can be turned into adorable crafts and classroom displays! Here are two that Alisha and her kiddos have made in years past.
"The Hand of Friendship Has No Color". The display was created using the "If we were all the same color..." writing prompt.
In this display, students created their own crayons and wrote about why they are special. A title like, "Welcome To A Colorful Year!" or "We Are A Colorful Class!" would tie the display together.