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: 3rd Grade
Duration: 2 Class Periods (approximately 45 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 diversity, self-esteem, and the beauty of individuality.
- To create an art project that celebrates diverse hair types.
- Copies of “Pretty Hair” by Carylee Carrington
- Whiteboard and markers
- Art supplies (paper, markers, colored pencils, 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 makes people unique. Encourage students to share their thoughts on what makes them special.
Reading Activity (15 minutes):
2. Introduce the book “Pretty Hair” by Carylee Carrington, showcasing the cover and briefly describing the plot.
3. Read aloud the book, emphasizing the message of embracing and celebrating diverse hair types.
Discussion (15 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 embrace our unique features?
- Can you relate to any of the characters in the story?
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 write or draw something positive about their hair on a piece of paper.
Creative Art Project (20 minutes):
7. Provide art supplies (paper, markers, colored pencils, crayons) and instruct students to create a self-portrait that highlights their unique hair type.
8. Encourage them to be creative and imaginative in their self-portraits, celebrating their hair’s diversity.
Sharing and Reflection (10 minutes):
9. Have each student share their self-portrait with the class and explain what makes their hair special.
10. Discuss how celebrating diverse hair types contributes to a more inclusive and accepting community.
Homework/Extension Activity (Optional):
- Assign students to write a short paragraph about what they’ve learned from “Pretty Hair” and how they can promote self-acceptance and inclusivity in their daily lives.
- Informal assessment through participation in discussions, the creativity of self-portraits, and the reflection on self-acceptance.
This lesson plan aims to help 3rd-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.