Lesson Plan: Embracing Diversity with “Everyone, Just Like Me”
“Everyone, Just Like Me” by Carylee Carrington is a delightful children’s book that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. Through vibrant illustrations and a heartwarming narrative, it shows young readers that although we all look different on the outside, we share a common humanity and the capacity to connect with one another.
Grade Level: Pre-Kindergarten
Duration: 1 Class Period (approximately 20-30 minutes)
- To introduce the concept of diversity and inclusivity through literature.
- To explore the book “Everyone, Just Like Me” by Carylee Carrington.
- To engage in discussions about different appearances and the idea that everyone is unique and special.
- Copies of “Everyone, Just Like Me” by Carylee Carrington
- Images or illustrations representing diverse children from various cultures
- Whiteboard and markers
- Crayons or markers for drawing
Opening (5 minutes):
1. Gather the students in a circle on the carpet and begin by asking, “What makes you special and unique?” Allow each child to share one thing they like about themselves.
Reading Activity (10 minutes):
2. Introduce the book “Everyone, Just Like Me” by Carylee Carrington, showing the cover and mentioning that it’s about celebrating how we are all different and special in our own ways.
3. Read the book aloud, emphasizing the diverse children and their unique appearances.
Discussion (5 minutes):
4. Engage the students in a discussion about the book:
- What did you notice about the children in the story?
- Can you see how they all look different from each other?
- Why is it great that we all look different?
Art Activity (5 minutes):
5. Show the students images or illustrations representing diverse children from various cultures.
6. Encourage each child to choose one of these images and draw a picture of themselves next to it, celebrating their own uniqueness.
Sharing and Conclusion (5 minutes):
7. Have each child briefly share their drawing and what makes them special.
8. Conclude by reinforcing the idea that it’s wonderful that we all look different, and that’s what makes the world interesting and beautiful.
- Informal assessment through participation in discussions and the art activity.
This lesson plan is designed to introduce Pre-Kindergarten students to the concept of diversity and uniqueness through the book “Everyone, Just Like Me” by Carylee Carrington. By discussing the book and engaging in a simple art activity, young children will begin to understand and appreciate the beauty of being different and special in their own ways.