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Getting to Know You - Project Children L.E.A.D. - Learning Early to Appreciate Diversity

Student Teachers: Lindsay Valentine and Shawn Graziani
Project Children L.E.A.D. Director: Dr. Vincenne Revilla Beltran
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 children or more

Getting to Know You - Project Children L.E.A.D.

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Lesson: Getting to Know You
Created by: Lindsay Valentine and Shawn Graziani
Type of Lesson: Diversity Lesson
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 children or more

1.) Objectives:

A. Children will be able to recognize the importance of friendship and understanding.
B. Children will be able to identify similar interests and hobbies between themselves, the other students, and college students.
C. Children will become familiar with college students and will be able to recognize them.
D. Children will be able to recognize what makes them special and what makes them unique.

Modification for Gifted or Special Needs Children: We were not made aware of any student that requires special attention, but should the situation come up we will deal with it in the best and most appropriate way possible.

2.) Related Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards:
Early Childhood Learning Continuum Indicators, 1.6 Speaking and Listening, A. Listen in order to understand and follow directions.
PDE Standards: 9.1.3 Know and use the elements and principles or each art form to create works in the arts and humanities.

3.) Materials: Book Will You Be My Friend? By Nancy Silver
i. Yellow smiley faces
ii. Giant smiley face for wall
iii. Crayons
iv. Pencils
v. Paper bags
vi. Multicultural paper
vii. Multicultural yarn
viii. Multicultural crayons
ix. Glue
x. Tape
xi. Adult scissors
xii. Children's scissors
xiii. Plain white paper

4.) Procedure:
i. Student will first sit around the carpet and the teacher will ask them the rules for good listeners, speakers and classroom rules.
ii. Teacher will read the book, Will You Be My Friend
iii. After the book, students will be divided into 3 groups.
iv. One group will go to Center one.
v. Center one will be "What makes me happy?"
vi. At center one, the college students will ask the kindergarten students what makes them happy.
vii. Kindergarten students will then write or draw what makes them happy on the smiley faces.
viii. College students can then put the smiley faces on the giant smiley face on the board.
ix. Center two will be titled "How do you see me?"
x. At this center the students will draw on plain white paper with pencils, the college students.
xi. The college students may draw the kindergarten students as well.
xii. Dialogue should take place between the students.
xiii. The last center is titled, "What makes me unique?"
xiv. Using brown paper bags and multicultural supplies, the college students and the kindergarten students will create puppets of themselves.
xv. The students should share with each other what they like about them selves and what make them unique as a person.

5.) Evaluation:

A. By the end of the class the teacher will be able to see whether or not the students now feel comfortable with each other and are getting to know one another.

B. Summary: At the end of the lesson, all of the activities will be talked about and the children will be able to understand how they all relate to each other. The teachers will announce to the children that they all now how have 15 new friends.

Center One: "What makes me Happy?"

Procedure: Kindergarten students will join the college students at a table.
College students will then ask the kindergarten students "What makes you happy?"
The college students will either write it down on the smiley face papers or let the kindergarten students write or draw their choices on the papers.

After they are finished the students will then hang their smiley face on the giant smiley face on the wall.

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