Grade Level: 1st
Diversity & Respect
piece of poster board
Box with lid containing all blue crayons
Box of crayons – all different colors
“The Crayon Box that Talked” by Shane DeRolf
Students will learn that each individual is unique
2. Students will identify why diversity is important
Tape a large
piece of poster board to the chalkboard. Start to draw a picture with the blue
crayons (outside scene – water & clouds). Have a few students come
up and add to your picture… fish, sun, etc. Have them pick a crayon from
the box with the lid; soon they will see that every crayon in the box is the same color.
Ask the students,
“How could we make this picture better?” (more colors). Add more
colors to the picture with the other box of crayons. Ask students, “Aren’t
you glad our world isn’t all the same color?”. Remind students that
the ways we are different make us special. We are all unique. Tell students that sometimes people don’t like other people who are different (clothes, hair, skin
color). They forget what our world would be like if we were all the same.
students we are going to read a story that will help us understand why it is important to get along with others even if they
are different from you. Read the story.
students to think of themselves as one of the colors in the box of crayons. Remind
students that each of us is unique, but we need other colors to make our world complete.
Each of you have things that make you special and there is no one else just like you.
Challenge students to be nice to people who are different from them. Thank
students for being good listeners today.