The beginning of the school year is such an exciting time. Students and teachers arrive full of dreams, goals and enthusiasm. There are the prospects of new friends, interesting learning and becoming part of a new community. It is also a chance for a fresh start.
At the same time, it can be a time for a certain amount of anxiety. Many children worry about how peers will perceive them and whether they will fit in. A very common response is to try to hide or minimize whatever makes them feel “different.”
These lessons seek to help students understand that difference and diversity are to be celebrated, not hidden. They set the stage for a school year filled with mutual understanding and a real sense of the strengths of the classroom community.
This classroom activity was designed in support of the Mix It Up program. For additional activity ideas, visit www.tolerance.org/mix-it-up/activity.
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PRIMARY GRADES (K-2)
ELEMENTARY GRADES (3-5)