Our school is a socioeconomically diverse school in a Title I district. Starting this year, I am co-teaching an inclusion classroom. We will work together to meet a range of student needs.
My second grade students are avid readers whose favorites are Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie books and Brad Meltzer's Ordinary People Change the World biographies.
Using the tools at our creation station, my students design and build suspension, arched, and beam bridges as a part of our science curriculum.
As second graders, they are very active and they love when I incorporate PE games like banana tag as breaks between subjects. They don't even mind turning into a banana when they get tagged and they await their classmates coming to unpeel them!
Rather than teach my students that there is a default and dominant skin color, I want them to create art that contains an array of skin shades and tones. "People Colors" art supplies have been around for years, but are only available from specialized school supply store Lakeshore.
With access to these skin color crayons, my students will be able to realistically portray themselves, their peers, and the world around them.
In addition, the people-shaped cutouts and matching construction paper will allow for a class project where students create self-portraits that will help them to celebrate the skin that they are in.
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