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BLAST Early Learning
Different Friends

Books:

Where is the green sheep?Where Is The Green Sheep? by Mem Fox

A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.

 

The Colors of UsThe Colors Of Us by Karen Katz

Seven year old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends’ skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.

 

Shades of BlackShades Of Black: A Celebration Of Our Children
by Sandra L. Pinkney
Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African American children.

 

Rhyme:

Different Friends Song

(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Love, love, love your friends,
Different as they seem.
Playing, laughing, joking, helping.
True friends are like a dream!

 

Song:

Hand In Hand

(Tune: The More We Get Together)
By myself I am good, but together we’re better
Together we’re better, hand in hand.
By myself I can sing, but together we’re better
Together were better, hand in hand

Oh BIG hands, little hands, clapping hands, waving hands
All different kinds of hands together hand in hand
By myself I can clap, but together we’re better
Together we’re better, hand in hand
By myself I can jump but together we’re better
Together we’re better, hand in hand

Oh brown hands, pink hands, yellow hands and tan hands
All different kinds of hands together hand in hand.

 

Vocabulary Word:

Shades: n. slightly different colors.

Example: "Look at everyone's legs, Mom--all the different shades".
(taken from The Colors of Us by Karen Katz)

 

Activities:

Friend Roll

Have the children sit in a circle. Call a child's name and roll the ball to that child. Then call out another child's name and have them roll the ball to that child. As the boll rolls to the next child you all chant "I have a good friend, a good friend, a good friend, I have a good friend and their name is (child's name)."

Friend Musical Movement

Put stickers on all of your children, have them dance around with music until you stop the music. At that point they have to find their friend with the matching sticker.

The Friend Like Me

Have your entire class stand up. Choose one child and name an attribute of that child (brown hair). All the children with brown hair remain standing, while the others sit down. Next, choose another attribute and continue the game until you have the friend that is most similar.

Friends Holding Hands

Have the children use non-toxic paints to paint their hands. Then have one child place their left hand on a piece of paper and another child places their right hand on the same paper. Label with the children's name.

Friendship Art

On a very big piece of paper, have one child lay down, and the other child trace the first child. The children may color in their bodies and cut them out to hang around the class.

Matching Socks

Get your children in a circle and distribute socks to all of your children. Have them take turns finding the friend with a matching sock.

 

Literature:

The Family BookThe Family Book by Todd Par

Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with just one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special, no matter what.

Gigi and Lulus Gigantic FightGigi And Lulu’s Gigantic Fight by Pamela Duncan Edwards

After a falling out, best friends Gigi and Lulu discover that, while it can be fun to do the same things most of the time, sometimes it is good to be different.

 

This Is Our HouseThis Is Our House by Michael Rosen

George won’t let any or the other children into his cardboard box house, but when the tables are turned, he finds out how it feels to be excluded.

 

FamiliesFamilies by Ann Morris

A simple explanation of families, how they function, how they are different, and how they are alike.

 

To Be a KidTo Be A Kid by Maya Ajmea

INFORMATIONAL TEXT

Text and photographs form countries around the world illustrate some of the activities children everywhere have in common.

Respecting OthersRespecting Others by Robin Nelson
INFORMATIONAL TEXT

An introduction to respecting yourself, friends, parents, teachers, people you don’t know, and the earth, with specific examples of how to show respect at home and at school.