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I Am Special, You Are Special Too

Created by: Natalie Fontana, Carol Jenkins, Jessica Wentz
Type of Lesson: Diversity Lesson
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Length of Lesson: 60 minutes
Group Size: 6 or more students

  1. Objective

    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 them special. For the art lesson, students will learn and create new colors by mixing two primary colors to create a secondary color.

  2. Pennsylvania Department of Education Indicators

    Quality of Writing

    1.5 Pre-K Write, draw, or use pictures to depict specific experiences.

    1.6 Speaking and Listening

    A. Listening to others when they are speaking and demonstrate an understanding of the message that is presented.

    Listen in order to give, restate and follow simple two step directions.

    1. Ask relevant questions.

    B. Listen to a selection and share information and ideas.

    1. Identify the characteristics of a similar experience.

    2. Listen to the contributions of others.

    3. Display conversational turn taking behaviors.

    D. Share information and ideas on a specified type of experience.

    2. Ask questions in response to story.

    3. Respond to questions asked.

    9.1 Production, Performance, and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts

    B. Recognize, know, use, and demonstrate a variety of appropriate art elements and principals to produce, review, and revise original works in the arts.

    -Music: Sing

    -Visual Arts: Draw and communicate

  3. Materials

    - Book: It's Ok to be Different by Todd Parr (2001) Little Brown and Company, Boston.

    -Name Tags


    -Take home bags

    -Poster board for making different colors

    -Precut frame paper

    -Paint (red, blue, and yellow)

    -Paint brushes

    -Pain shirts (extras)

    -Paper towels

    -Cups for paint and water

    -Thermos for paint water

    -Paper plates (for mixing colors)

    -Four glue sticks for sharing

    -Sample of student teachers finished frames

    In addition the student teachers asked prior to the lesson that each student bring in a photograph (about wallet size) of themselves for the art project.

  4. Adaptations and Accommodations

    Children with vision problems will be asked to sit closer to the teacher and board during the entire lesson.

  5. Procedure

    INTRODUCE: (Approx. 5 min.)

    -Lesson will begin with asking the students to sit on the carpet area.

    -The student teachers will first introduce themselves to the class.

    -Student teachers will go over classroom rules by asking the students if they understand and know the classroom rules.

    -The lesson will begin by asking the students, "Who here feels special today?" Then the student teachers will explain the activities that we will be doing this morning.


    -Miss. Jessica will read the book, "It's Ok to be Different" by Todd Parr. (Approx. 5 min.)

    -The student teachers will ask stimulating questions during the reading of the book. "Who here wears glasses?", "Who here likes to dance?", "Has anyone ever been in a bad mood?"

    -After the book has been read, the student teachers will discuss similarities and differences among the children. The student teachers will choose four students to participate. (example: [Name] what is different about you? what is similar?)

    -The students will be asked to stand for creative movement/song. (Approx. 5 min.)

    -The student teachers will ask the students if they know the song, "If you're happy and you know it..."

    -The student teachers will explain to the students the new words of the song are, "If you're special and you know it..." If the students are not familiar with the song, the student teachers will teach and review the song.

    -After the song and creative movement, Mrs. Carol and Miss. Jessica will ask the students to stand up and hold hands to make a circle.

    -Then the students will be asked to drop their hands to their sides so there is enough space between them.

    -Mrs. Carol will then go over the rules for playing the special balloon/ball game. (Miss. Natalie will be preparing the art project during this time.)

    -One person stands in the middle of the circle holding the "special" balloon/ball.

    -The person in the middle must say something that is special about them. For example: "I am special because...I have red hair."

    -After the person in the middle says something special about themselves they will then hand the ball to someone else who will go in the middle and say something different that makes them special.

    -The students on the outside circle will raise their hand if they want to go into the middle. If a student does not wish to participate, they will be encouraged to but, they will not have to.

    -After the game, the students will sit down on the carpet. Mrs. Carol will ask what their favorite color is. And then ask, "How would you like to make that color?"

    -The student teachers will explain the special frame art lesson to the students. They will show their finished frames. And then the students will be asked to put on their paint shirts and sit at certain seats at the tables. (The tables will by this time be protected by news paper.) Miss. Jessica and Mrs. Carol will collect the photographs and trace the pictures for the frames while Miss. Natalie is showing the art lesson.

    -Miss. Natalie will go over the rules for using the art supplies and the importance of following direction. (Approx. 5-7 min.)

    1. No paint on the skin or throwing of paint

    2. No one will touch another student's frame.

    3. No negative comments about someone else's special frame. (an example will be given)

    -If any of these rules are broken the student will be reminded of the rules and will still be able to participate however, the student will be asked to sit and work at Dr. Revilla Beltran and Mrs. Eleanor Vistein's table.

    -Miss. Natalie will explain that when she went out to buy paint at the paint store they only had three colors in stock, red, blue, and yellow. But she did not worry.

    "Why didn't I worry?"

    "Because I can make different colors only using these three!"

    -Miss. Natalie will go through the prepared color board and mix the paint so the students can see the new color. "What does..."

    -Blue +Yellow= Green

    -Red +Blue= Purple

    -Yellow +Red= Orange

    -Miss. Natalie will tell the children that they will have a chance to make these colors themselves when they are making their special frames.

    -After the mixing board is complete Miss. Natalie will repeat the three rules for the paint supplies one more time. Them Mrs. Carol, Miss. Jessica, and Miss. Natalie will pass out individual supplies for each student.

    -Mrs. Carol, Miss. Jessica, and Miss. Natalie will assist the students as they complete the project. The student teachers will ask fellow classmate Mr. Drew, Jason, and Dan to assist with the project also. (Approx. 20 min.)

    -Student teachers will give a five minute verbal warning to remind them that we need to wrap up before going back over to the carpet area to end the lesson.

    -When the students have completed the frames, or if time runs out, Mrs. Carol, Miss. Jessica, and Miss. Natalie will have the students and fellow class mates help clean up the supplies and leave their frames on the news paper to dry.

    -Students will regroup on the carpet and the student teacher will review what makes a person special.

    -Students will choose a colored bag to take their frames home.


    Students should know the basic colors of the color wheel and some knowledge of their fellow student's likes and dislikes.


    -Read the book a loud: It's Ok to be Different by Todd Parr (2001) Little Brown and Company, Boston.

    -What is special about you?

    -What do you do well?

    -How are you different?

    -How are you alike?

    -Song (If your special and you know it...)


    -Special balloon/ball game

    -Paint a picture frame

    -Show students how to make colors

    ASSESS: Student teachers will assess during the lesson by asking relevant questions, student participation, and asking students to do self reflection on their differences, similarities, likes, and dislikes.

    ASSIGN: The students will take home their special frames and talk about them with their family or guardians.

    CLOSE: Closure of the lesson will be a review of what makes each child special. Student teachers will ask the students to volunteer and show their frames to the class.

    REFLECT: Reflection will be done with Dr. Revilla Beltran after the Multicultural Diversity class as regrouped in room 706 Academic Hall.


    Parr, Todd. It's Ok to be Different (2001) Little Brown and Company, Boston.