Discovering that our differences can connect us and give us strength is an important step toward creating an environment in which diversity is valued.
In the activity below, you’ll explore with your class how mundane our society would be if everyone were similar. Students will begin to frame difference in a positive light.
- Hand each student a chain link template, scissors and glue.
- Ask students to talk to six different classmates, determining two positive facts about each one—one they have in common and one they differ on.
- Have students record these facts on their chain link templates.
- When the template is complete, students will cut and glue (or tape) the links to make a chain.
- Connect the chains to make one large chain, and display it in class to remind students that both our similarities and differences connect us.
Go Deeper: Difference and Diversity
Engage your students in a conversation about how difference and diversity benefit a community, including classroom and school communities. This lesson offers several ways to address this topic with students.