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Celebrating Diversity Social Studies Unit for Primary Grades Exploring Physical and Cultural Similarities and Differences Written by Renee Neilsen Unit Overview Big Understandings Students will build initial understandings of the specific factors which create physical similarities and differences Students will build initial understandings of the specific factors which create cultural similarities and differences Students will develop an empathetic awareness and appreciation for the differences they find in others Table of Contents Topic One Bringing diversity into your classroom Exploring Physical Differences and Similarities Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lesson 4 Lesson 5 Content Information Exploring Individual Differences and Similarities What is Prejudice Racial and Ethnic Prejudice Reduction Ability Differences Appearance Topic Two Exploring Cultural Similarities and Differ Lesson 6 Lesson 7 Lesson 8 Lesson 9 Lesson 10 Lesson 11 Lesson 12 Content Information Cultural Diversity Eating across Cultures Our Family Roots Families are the Same and Families are Different Our Homes Reflect our Uniqueness Bread across Cultures Dwellings of Long Ago Bringing Diversity into your Classroom To bring a rich cultural flavor into your classroom along with real objects and experiences you may want to consider the following enhancements to your classroom Classroom Aesthetics Posters which are representative of various cultures brochures and photographs of people and places Textiles from around the world e g blankets rugs pillows Art forms from other places including pottery paintings baskets Printed labels in more than one language Dramatic Play Tea cups chopsticks fans serapes various international shoes and clothing Magazines and newspapers printed in different languages as well as foreign coins Variations of the playhouse e g adobe igloo tent oasis Dolls with varying racial background Adaptive equipment for exceptional people Music and Movement Folk songs translated into foreign



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