Lesson Plan : Friendship/ Accepting Differences

Teacher Name:
 Brandi Reynolds
Grade:
 Grade 1
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 Making new friends and learning that we are all the same.
Content:
 The students will learn each other's name and learn that even though they look different they are all the same on the inside.
Goals:
 Students will learn each other's names, make new friends, and learn to accept the differences and the same in each other.
Objectives:
 Understand the importance of friendship and identifying and appreciating the similarities within these friendships. Helping the students to get to know each other and learn each other's names. Help calm the children and help them make new friends.
Materials:
 Music to the tune: If your Happy and you know it, Music to the tune: Three blind mice, Name tags, Child Outline template, Book: My Friend Isabelle, Book: Family of Friends, Name three people that...activity sheet, and a bulletin board with pictures of the children grouped into areas of their favorite activity with room to add the child cutout and name tag by the picture.
Introduction:
 The teacher will stand up in front of the class and tell the students some things she likes to do that the students like to do. The teacher will then explain that just because she is bigger, older and looks different than the children it does not mean they cannot enjoy the same thing.
Development:
 The teacher will read the book: Family of Friends to the class and the book My Friend Isabelle. These books will help the children understand that it is important to get to know each other, that friendship is important and to understand that even though we may look different on the outside we are all the same on the inside.
Practice:
 The teacher will teach the children a song to the tune of If you are happy and you know it with the words:” Good Morning, (first name) how are you? Good Morning (first name) how are you? How are you this special day? We're so glad that you came to play. Good Morning, (first and last name) How are you?” While singing the song the children will hold their name tags up and the group will sing the song to each child going clockwise from the first child to the last. This will help the children learn each other's name. Then the teacher will teach the children a song to the tune of Three Blind Mice with the words:” We are friends. We are Friends. Yes, we are. Every day we play so nice; sharing all the things we like. We are Friends.” While singing the children will hold up the child outline they made of themselves. Then she will guide an activity where she says different activities or things that the kids like and when she says the item all kids who like that will come up. She will have the children look at each other and introduce themselves so they can meet and can see that they may look different but they like the same things.
Accommodations:
 The teacher will have a display board in front of the classroom that has a picture of each child on it placed into areas of their favorite activity. Each child goes up and put their name tag by their picture. The class will then work together to figure out which personalized child cutout goes by each name and picture. This activity helps reinforce the children learning each other's names and faces and that they may look different but they like the same things. The board can stay up as a reminder to help the children remember each other’s names and activities they like.
Checking For Understanding:
 The teacher will ask the students questions about how they are same and different and listen to their answers to make sure they are grasping the concept. To assess the children and make sure they understood the activity and learned each other’s name, and understand that they may look different but they are the same on the inside have the children do the activity Name people that.... This is an activity that they do on their own where they list 3 people from the class that fits in the category listed(hair color, clothes color, favorite activity, favorite color, who is a boy, who is a girl). They will recall on the previous activities of the day and use the display board for help with name spelling and recognition. The teacher will grade this activity to make sure they students understood that they are same and different and they have at least learned some things about each other and their names.
Closure:
 To conclude this activity the teacher can go over the Name people that...activity with the class and then do an activity comparing fruit to show the children that even though different types of fruit look different they are all still fruit.
Evaluation:
 The teacher must observe the children during the activities to see their expressions a reaction to the activities. Are they enjoying it? Do they understand? What are their facial expressions showing? What is their body language showing? Did they understand the Name people that activity? Did they learn the songs? Did they understand the songs? Did the children have better acceptance of each other afterwards? Did they get a new friend from the activity? Did the activity teach them tolerance?
Teacher Reflections:
 After the lesson, assessment, and evaluation write notes about what was good and what was bad about the lesson. Write down what the children learned and understood from the lesson and decide which areas need to be revisited and taught again. Reinforce the areas that the children had a hard time with and sing the songs throughout the school year at different times to remind the children of the lesson.

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