Fast Friends by Heather M. O’Connor and illustrated by Claudia Davila
Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts
Our Activity: Inclusion Posters
As a class, brainstorm ways that you can make everyone feel included. A few examples are;
ask someone who is alone at recess to play
ask someone to be in your group for a project who is feeling left out
listen to others if they feel sad or upset
smile and say hello to someone who isn’t a friend
let’s celebrate our differences by talking about what makes us special
compliment someone on something they do well
Divide students into groups of 2 or 3. Each group will be provided with a large sheet of paper on which to make their inclusion poster. These posters will focus on one of the ways we can help others feel included. Posters can include art and text.
One of February’s designations is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month. Our focus this week is kindness and ways we can be kind. We read:
When I Care About Others by Cornelia Maude Spelman and illustrated by Kathy Parkinson
Kind by Axel Scheffler and 38 illustrators!
Class Activity – Make A Class Kindness Jar!
You have two options for a class kindness jar…
Every time a student in your class does something kind, they can put a pom pom in the kindness jar. Once it’s full, the class gets a prize!
Have students each fill in 3 post-it’s with ideas for a random act of kindness that can be done at school. Each day upon entering class, students pick one post-it from the jar and need to find a way to fulfill that act of kindness before the end of the school day. Ideas could include;
clean up part of the classroom
give someone a compliment
play with someone who is alone
open a door for someone
offer to help your teacher with something
pick up trash in the hallway and put it in the garbage