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Browse lesson plans by theme:

1. Getting to Know You
2. I Am Special You Are Special Too
3. Families and Neighborhoods
4. Foods and Languages of the World
5. Physical Differences
6. Using Words to Work Things Out
7. International Festival: Passport to the World
8. Diversity Integrated
9. All themes

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1. Early Preschool (Ages 2-3)
2. Preschool (Ages 3-4)
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4. Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
5. Elementary School (Grades K-5)
6. Middle School (Grades 6-8)
7. All ages

 

All Lesson Plans by Theme

 

Getting to Know You 

Getting to Know You - Barbara Geary, Sara Conway, Joy Evans
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Early Preschool (Ages 2 1/2- 3)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: 1. Foster familiarity with people different from us. 2. Understanding causal relations. 3. Stimulate sensory pleasure. 4. Tactile and visual exploration.

Getting to Know You - Becky Weiler, Justin O'Toole, and Kelly Lewis
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Preschool (3-4 years old)
Length of Lesson: 40 minutes
Objectives:The students will be able to:

  • Gather data about themselves
  • Organize and display data on a graph
  • Discuss the data on the graph they have helped to create.

Getting to Know You - Lindsay Valentine and Shawn Graziani
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 children or more Objectives: A. Children will be able to recognize the importance of friendship and understanding. B. Children will be able to identify similar interests and hobbies between themselves, the other students, and college...

Getting to Know You - Eleanor Vistein
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: After listening to the book, Chrysanthemum, the students will be able to discuss a real life experience of a time when they were teased and how they felt about the experience. They will offer contributions...

Getting to Know You - Alichia Parker and Robert Borgo
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: Students will listen to others when they are reading their answers to the worksheet and presenting their collages. This will be assessed at the end when they have to role play and remember what one of the...

Getting to Know You - Erin Gillespie and Kelly Helterbran
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: Given a story read by the teacher entitled Best Friends, the student will understand the concept of friendship. The student will be able to create a picture book based on an understanding of themselves... Group Size: 5 students

Getting to Know You - David Montgomery and Ayesha Moorefield
Subject Area: Music, Art, Language Arts, Creative Movement
Grade level: 3rd Grade
Length of Lesson: 45-55 minutes
Objectives: After defining different types of poetry and providing examples of authors, classic poems, and basic literary terms the student will be able to express emotions by illustrating their experiences through...

I Am Special You Are Special Too

I Am Special, You Are Special Too  - Natalie Fontana, Carol Jenkins, Jessica Wentz
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade Level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 or more students
Objectives: Given the reading of the story, the students will be able to identify one individual difference, on thing about themselves that is similar to other students in the class and one thing that makes...

I Am Special and You Are Special Too  - Barbara Geary, Sara Conway, Joy Evans
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Early Preschool (Ages 2 1/2- 3)
Length of Lesson: 20 minutes
Objectives: 1.The children will know they are unique and special. 2. The day you were born is special. 3. Families celebrate in different ways. 4. Growing is a good thing.

I Am Special and You Are Special Too  - Kelly Lewis, Justin O'Toole, Becky Weiler
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Preschool (3 and 4 year olds)
Length of Lesson: 30 minutes
Objectives: The student will be able to...

* Create a drawing of themselves through the use of multicultural people color crayons
* Explain to a teacher what makes them special

I Am Special and You Are Special Too  - Christina Franz & Amber Stahl
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: The students will be able to: 1. Review the classroom rules as well as rules for how to be a good listener, and how to be a good speaker. 2. Express what they like about themselves: A. Verbally - This will be...

I Am Special and You Are Special Too  - Eboni Craighead & Dana Stephens/Culley
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts, Art, Music, Movement
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6) through 3rd Grade
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: Give a lesson showing that everyone is special in his or her own way. Children will demonstrate their knowledge by drawing a picture or writing about being special.

I Am Special and You Are Special Too  - Eleanor Vistein
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: The students will create a book based on personal experience that will include information about self; people, places, and things relevant to self; and appropriate illustrations. Students will...

I Am Special and You Are Special Too  - Colleen Mangan and Nora McGinley
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 students Objectives: A. The students will remember and review the classroom rules. B. They also will learn more about their classmates and the college students and realize what makes each of us all unique. C. The students will...

I Am Special and You Are Special Too  - Kristy L. Hartz & Ashley Novak
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 students
Objectives: The students will be able to listen to a book about being different and understand that everyone is different, but special in their own unique way. The students will be able to draw a picture of themselves...

I Am Special and You Are Special Too  - Alyson Walls
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: 8th grade
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: Students will be able to recognize what makes them special through class participation; discussion of rap music and its similarities to poetry; working together to write a poem about themselves and designing... 

Families and Neighborhoods

Families and Neighborhoods - Shawnne Harris, Adam Popp, Mandi Ruggieri
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade Level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 or more students
Objectives:Following the lesson on Families and Neighborhoods, the students will be able to identify some of the people and objects from their neighborhoods, as well as be able to express the different...

Families and Neighborhoods - Sara Conway, Barbara Geary, Joy Evans
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade Level: Early Pre-School (Ages 2-3)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: 1. We will appreciate all families. 2. We will discover that families are different. 3. Our classroom is our neighborhood too.

Families and Neighborhoods -
Becky Weiler, Kelly Lewis, and Justin O'Toole
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Preschool (3-4 years old)
Length of Lesson: 3 days, 30 minutes each
Objectives:The students will be able to:

  • Discuss verbally the uniqueness of their family and neighborhood.
  • Design and construct their own home for the class neighborhood, out of a shoebox.
  • Design and construct in cooperative groups, a class neighborhood, using a variety of art materials.
  • Explore and express their ideas and feelings through actively participating/playing in the class neighborhood.

Families and Neighborhoods - Day 1 - Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: 30 minutes, Day 1 of 3
Objectives: The class will be able to draw their neighborhoods after reviewing their street with their parents, previously.

Families and Neighborhoods - Day 2 - Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: 40-60 minutes, Day 2 of 3
Objectives: Students will be able to outline their homes in conjunction to their school.

Families and Neighborhoods -  Day 3 - Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: Ongoing throughout the day, Day 3 of 3
Objectives: The students will be able to identify the different people in their neighborhood and their families.

Families and Neighborhoods  - Dan McCarthy, Eric Milmaster and Jason Pahel
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 or more students
Objectives: To introduce students to different kinds of neighborhoods by reading a book.

Families - Eleanor Vistein
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives:After listening to the books, the students will be able to ask questions and/or make comments about the differences and/or similarities in the families depicted. By looking at the graph, the students will be able to...

Neighborhoods - Eleanor Vistein
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives:After listening to the book, the students will be able to ask questions and/or make comments about the differences and/or similarities in homes around the world. They will also understand that all people need...

Families and Neighborhoods - Michelle Mark & Walkiria Lurati
Subject Area: Multicultural Diversity
Grade Level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: The students will be able to create their own neighborhood. The students will be able to discuss the voting process and elect a mayor for the neighborhood. The students will be able to acquire knowledge of the family structure.

Families and Neighborhoods - Jessica DeMaria & Andrea Beck
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts, Art, Citizenship, Social Science, Science, Music
Grade Level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: After reading the book on families and completing our activity, the students should be able to view that everyone's house and families are different. We will assist the student's behavior by asking questions, observing their...

Families and Neighborhoods - Bill Zbozny Del Percio & Veronica Haid
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade Level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: Listen to others when they are speaking and demonstrate understanding of the messages, Listen to selections of literature, Use correct vocabulary and word usage when speaking, Relate a real experience to a specified topic....

Families and Neighborhoods -Dean Kraniou
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Middle School (Grade 6-8)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: Given handouts of the City of Pittsburgh, the students will understand the area in which they live and illustrate their neighborhood by completing a drawing of their most favorite building in their neighborhood.

Foods and Languages of the World

Foods and Languages of the World - Andrew Ziobro, Jennifer Thomas, Kara Donova
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade Level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 or more students
Objectives: Given detailed descriptions of different types of bread students will be able to identify different types of bread. Given a demonstration of different ways to say "Good Morning" students will...

Foods and Languages of the World - Sara Conway, Barbara Geary, Joy Evans
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Early Pre-School (Ages 2-3)
Length of Lesson: 20 minutes
Objectives: 1.The children will be able to recognize different types of bread that people eat in different countries of the world. 2. The children will be able to explore and notice how the different foods are the same but...

Foods and Languages of the World - Kelly Lewis, Justin O'Toole, Becky Weiler
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade Level: Preschool (3 and 4 year olds)
Length of Lesson: 30 minutes
Objectives: The student will be able to...

  • Make their own ice cream sundae given various toppings from around the world.
  • Repeat greetings in the Italian, Chinese, and Spanish languages.

Foods and Languages of the World - Day 1 - Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts/History
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: 30 minutes, Day 1 of 7
Objectives: The students will be able to create their own replica of the Italian flag.

Foods and Languages of the World - Day 2 - Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts/History
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: 1 hour, Day 2 of 7
Objectives: The students will be able to create their own pizzas and to speak some Italian words.

Foods and Languages of the World - Day 3 - Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts/History
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: 30 minutes, Day 3 of 7
Objectives: The students will be able to identify the German flag.

Foods and Languages of the World  -Day 4 - Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts/History
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: 30 minutes, Day 4 of 7
Objectives: The students will be able to create the German Pickle knowing it is celebrated during a German Christmas.

Foods and Languages of the World - Day 5 - Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts/History
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: 30 minutes, Day 5 of 7
Objectives: The students will be able to create different forms of origami and sound some of the Japanese language.

Foods and Languages of the World - Day 6 - Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts/History
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: 30 minutes, Day 6 of 7
Objectives: The students will be able to taste Japanese food and create Japanese fans.

Foods and Languages of the World - Day 7 - Amy Gigler, Kellie Meyer, Maura Zang
Subject Area: Diversity, Language Arts/History
Grade level: Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 4-5)
Length of Lesson: 30 minutes, Day 7 of 7
Objectives: The students will be able to create African necklaces while begin introduced the African culture.

Foods and Languages of the World - Michelle Elma, Melissa McWilliams and Nicole States
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 Students Objectives: After a discussion on food from different countries, the students will be able to identify three different types of food that were discussed...

Foods and Languages of the World - Eleanor Vistein
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: After listening to the story, the students will be able to name some of the ways that children in various neighborhoods get to school. The students will be able to locate North America on a globe and a map. The students will...

Foods and Languages of the World  -Jason Pollack and Penny Kezmarsky
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: Students will be introduced to the cultures of the countries of Spain, China, Italy, and the United States. Students will be introduced to the languages, and some of the customary foods of each country. The classroom will be...

Foods and Languages of the World  -Miriam Blumenfeld and Melissa Bilenski
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6) to 3rd Grade
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives:After giving a brief discussion on the history of Mexico, followed by the story Corn is Maize, students will be taught ten new words for foods in Spanish using flashcards. Then the students will be cooking with some...

Foods and Languages of the World  - Sharima Moses and Jennifer Tritt
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group size: 6 or more students
Objectives:After listening to a story the student will be able to relate the story to their own experiences of trying new foods. Given a matching game the student will be able to match cards to determine a fruit topping for the...

Foods and Languages of the World  - Venneasha Davis
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: Students will be able to learn about certain countries and places around the world such as Africa, Japan, Brazil, and Israel. Most of their learning will come from each other, and their own personal findings from selected...

Physical Differences

Physical Differences - Charles Ayre, Dan Pomposelli, Cathryn Calhoun
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade Level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 or more students
Objectives:Students will be able to recognize physical differences such as skin color, gender, height, eyes, etc. amongst two entities (people and/or animals) through reading and discussion of...

Physical Differences - Sara Conway, Barbara Geary, Joy Evans
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level:Early Pre-School (Ages 2-3)
Length of Lesson: 20 minutes
Objectives: 1. The children will be able to recognize that everyone is different. 2. The children will be able to recognize and better understand others and themselves with differently "abled" doll equipment and block people. 3. As the children...

Physical Differences - Becky Weiler, Kelly Lewis, and Justin O'Toole
Subject Area: Diversity, Social Studies
Grade level:Preschool (Ages 3-4)
Length of Lesson: 25 minutes
Objectives:The students will be able to:

  • Discuss the differences/similarities of their friends and others, after reading the book, We Can Do It!
  • Explore and express their ideas, senses, and feelings on being different, through actively participating in a class activity, based on using their sense of touch and smell.

Physical Differences  - Jessica Zuber and Deanne Lowe
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level:Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: After today's lesson children will be able to recognize physical differences in appearance and disabilities. They will experience having physical disabilities. Students will compare similarities and differences. Students will also...

Physical Differences  - Eleanor Vistein
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level:Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: The children will be able to recognize differences and similarities in people's appearances and abilities. The children will each assume the role of a person with a disability while participating in a cooperative activity.

Physical Differences - Karen Bowman, Megan Tannous, Andrew Clare
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level:Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: Three 20-minute lessons
Group Size: Six students Objectives: Upon completion of an activity on physical differences TSWBAT name at least four out of six individual characteristics that vary from person to person.

Physical Differences - John Cerra & Jenn Eckenrode
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level:Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: 1. Students will understand the five senses and how they relate to individuals with disabilities. 2. Students will experience loss of sight in a blindfolding activity to understand a blind person's perspective. 3. Students will...

Using Words to Work Things Out

Using words to work things out - Janel Vitai, Keith Rosellini, Nicolas DiNuzzo
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade Level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 or more students
Objectives: After reading the book, Words are not for hurting, performing the puppet show, and through discussion on using words to work things out, the students will be able to participate in a discussion...

Using Words to Work Things Out - Sara Conway, Barbara Geary, Joy Evans
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Early Pre-School (Ages 2-3)
Length of Lesson: 20 minutes
Objectives: 1. The children will be able to better solve problems encountered in exploration and play. 2. The children will learn a positive way to express their emotions, and begin to show empathy toward the feelings and needs of...

Using Words to Work Things Out - Kelly Lewis, Justin O'Toole, Becky Weiler
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Preschool (3 and 4 year olds)
Length of Lesson: 45-75 minutes
Objectives: The students will be able to:

  • Begin to negotiate conflicts by using words.
  • Participate in a puppet show that dramatizes a story recently read in class.
  • Respect the feelings and belongings of other children.

Using Words to Work Things Out - Eleanor Vistein
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: After listening to the story, the children will be able to identify what the problem in the story was and how the children resolved the problem. Children will create puppets to re-enact the story. Given a scenario the children will provide...

Using Words to Work Things Out - Lauren Bihler and Dena Hopper
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 students
Objectives: Given the appropriate materials the students will be able to use the appropriate words to resolve a conflict or problem.

Using Words to Work Things Out - Andrea Danielewicz and Jesse Hackel
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 students
Objectives: Given the students the appropriate materials, and after reading the book "Hands Are Not Made For Hitting", and playing the game, the students will be able to use the proper words in order to solve their problems and work things out.

Using Words to Work Things Out - Rachael Hall and Gabriel Bubon
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Third Grade
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: To help students gain the necessary skills to understand how words can be used to resolve conflicts. Students will be expected to use active listening skills as well as communication and oral presentation skills to resolve conflict.

International Festival: Passport to the World

International Festival: Germany - Sara Conway, Barbara Geary, Joy Evans
Subject Area: Multicultural Diversity
Grade level: Early Pre-School (Ages 2-3)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: 1. The children will learn that the story "Hansel and Gretel" is from Germany. 2. The children will learn a matching game. 3. The children will learn about the kinds of food that are eaten in Germany. 4. They will also...

International Festival: Mexico - Becky Weiler, Justin O'Toole, Kelly Lewis
Subject Area: Multicultural Diversity
Grade level: Preschool (Ages 3-4)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: The students will be able to:

  • Explore and build an understanding of cultural diversity through participation in a variety of art, literacy, cooking, and a musical activity on the country of Mexico.

International Festival: France - Ann Gorecki
Subject Area: Multicultural Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: After this lesson the students will: 1. Identify the French Flag, landmarks (ex: Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arch De Triumph) 2. Read a popular children's book to learn about the French culture 3. Learn how to play Charades by...

International Festival: Greece - Petroula Delivorias
Subject Area: Multicultural Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: 1. Given a map and pictures of Greece, the children will name at least one of the geographic features (i.e. water, land). 2. Given Greek greetings, the students will mimic the sounds made and repeat the sayings back to ...

International Festival: Japan - Maria Marble
Subject Area: Multicultural Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: After listening to the teacher presentation on the Japanese Sakura, the students will be able to orally answer the following two questions; "Why is the Sakura important to Japan?" and "Why did Japan give 2000 Sakura trees...

International Festival: Venezuela - Tatiana Mastriano
Subject Area: Multicultural Diversity
Grade level: Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Objectives: The students will be introduced to the Venezuelan culture. The children will be introduced to the art work, the culture of the country, and some customary foods of Venezuela. In addition, the children will be able to recognize...

Diversity Integrated

Lesson: AccessABILITY - Dr. Connie Craven
Subject Area: Diversity, Art, Communications and Physical Education
Grade level:Elementary (Grades 2-4)
Length of Lesson: 80 to 320 minutes
Objectives:In this lesson the teacher will develop explanations of certain disabilities represented by children with disabling conditions in the class. Once the approval and help of the children with disabilities and their families is obtained...

The Mighty Oak - Dr. Connie Craven
Subject Area: Diversity Integrated with Science and Art
Grade level: K-1, and 3
Length of Lesson: 30-165 minutes
Objectives:This lesson will utilize an original story to dramatize that differences in physical traits do not change important characteristics dealing with feelings, needs, worth, and qualities that make us who we are. Through questioning, summarization, and other activities, diversity will be treated...

Project Students L.E.A.D.: The Mosaic School - Dr. Connie Craven
Subject Area: Multicultural Instruction, Integrated Themes in Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, Music
Grade level: Elementary to Middle School (Grades 3-6)
Length of Lesson: 20 hours, (1200 minutes) over a period of five weeks.
Objectives:This integrated unit will: Help children develop ideas about themselves and others that are positive and draw on cultural contributions, Create conditions under which children learn about their families and heritage to develop a better understanding of...