We’ve been talking about diversity here at TES during the month of February. Check out the breakdown of counseling lesson activities:
Kindergarten: We read the book “Elmer” by David McKee. Elmer is a colorful, patchwork elephant that doesn’t look like the other elephants he lives with. But he learns how much the elephants appreciate his differences. Students made their own rainbows based on their unique, individual colors. Hopefully, you saw it!
First grade: We read the book “Making Friends Is an Art” by Julia Cook. Different colored pencil characters have different personalities and learn to appreciate each other. Students then paired up to learn new things about each other and to practice making friends by learning about others.
Second grade: Students got to watch the video adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches.” The Sneetches spend a lot of money to learn the important lesson that being different is okay. Students were able to make their own Sneetch using colors specific to their own likes, dislikes and lives. We had some colorful Sneetches!
Third grade: We read “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, a student and counselor favorite! Gerald the giraffe is basically considered clumsy until he learns to dance to his own music. Students had fun learning about each other, including similarities and differences, by playing the popcorn game. Ask them what it was like to be an unpopped popcorn kernel.
Fourth grade: We read “The Judgmental Flower” by Julia Cook. One young flower has to learn to accept the differences in neighboring flowers and that having lots of differences makes life more interesting. Students completed their own flowers by using the petals to identify ways they can respect others’ differences.
Fifth grade: Have you ever heard of faces of diversity? Maybe you will get to see one if your child brings one home! After discussing what diversity means and how it impacts us in our daily lives, students drew their own faces. What horror when they were then told to cut their faces into four pieces! All the pieces were then shuffled and rearranged to make new faces, each one representing part of four different students. Students talked about how we all come together with our many differences to represent a community that fosters respect for everyone.
Get ready for March which is career awareness month at TES! Lessons will center around career education and Career Day is on Friday, March 29th! If you are interested in participating and haven’t already contacted Mrs. Ozmore, please do so. We love having parents share about their jobs!