Pretty Hair 2nd Grade Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan: Celebrating Diversity with “Pretty Hair”

“Pretty Hair,” starring the spirited protagonist Sophia, is a captivating children’s book penned by Carylee Carrington. In this heartwarming tale, Sophia embarks on a journey to discover the true beauty of her hair. As she meets friends from various backgrounds, she learns that each person’s hair is as unique as their individual stories. This enchanting narrative encourages young readers to embrace diversity and celebrate their own distinct qualities, fostering a sense of self-acceptance and unity. “Pretty Hair” is a charming exploration of self-discovery and the beauty that lies in embracing one’s unique identity.

Grade Level: 2nd Grade

Duration: 2 Class Periods (approximately 30 minutes each)


  • To introduce the concept of diversity and self-acceptance through literature.
  • To explore the book “Pretty Hair” by Carylee Carrington.
  • To engage in discussions about diverse hair types and the importance of embracing individuality.
  • To create a simple and inclusive class art project.


  • Copies of “Pretty Hair” by Carylee Carrington
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Art supplies (paper, markers, crayons)
  • Mirror for each student (small handheld or provided digitally)


Day 1: Introduction to Diversity and Self-Acceptance

Opening (10 minutes):

1. Begin by discussing what the word “diversity” means. Use simple language and ask students if they know what makes people different from each other.

Reading Activity (15 minutes):

2. Introduce the book “Pretty Hair” by Carylee Carrington, presenting the cover and mentioning that it’s about embracing and celebrating different hair types.

3. Read the book aloud, focusing on the characters and their unique hair types.

Discussion (10 minutes):

4. Engage the students in a discussion about the book’s themes:

    • How do the characters in the story feel about their hair?
    • Why is it important to appreciate and accept our unique features?
    • Can you think of something special about your own hair?

Day 2: Celebrating Diverse Hair

Self-Reflection Activity (15 minutes):

5. Provide a small mirror for each student or use a digital tool to allow them to see their own hair. Ask them to observe and appreciate their unique hair type.

6. Encourage each student to draw a self-portrait that includes their own hair. They can use art supplies (paper, markers, crayons).

Art Project (15 minutes):

7. Show the students a variety of images or illustrations of people with different hair types (curly, straight, wavy, short, long, etc.).

8. Ask each student to choose one of the images that represents a hair type different from their own and incorporate it into their self-portrait.

9. Encourage them to be creative and use the image as a way to celebrate and appreciate diversity in hair types.

Sharing and Reflection (10 minutes):

10. Have each student share their self-portrait with the class and explain why they chose to include a different hair type in their drawing.

11. Discuss how celebrating diverse hair types promotes inclusivity and acceptance in our classroom.

Homework/Extension Activity (Optional):

  • Assign students to share their self-portraits and a brief explanation with their families, promoting discussions about diversity and acceptance at home.


  • Informal assessment through participation in discussions, creativity in self-portraits, and the reflection on self-acceptance.


This lesson plan aims to help 2nd-grade students understand the importance of diversity, self-acceptance, and celebrating unique features through the book “Pretty Hair” by Carylee Carrington. By discussing the book’s themes and engaging in a creative art project, students will learn valuable lessons about embracing individuality and fostering inclusivity.