Early stage 1 - Unit 2 - What makes us unique?

Broad focus for an inquiry: Difference and diversity, personal and social capability

Generative questions

  • What are some things I like?
  • How am I the same or different from others?
  • What is ‘unique’?

Understandings, skills and values

  • It’s okay to be different.
  • Diversity is what makes us unique.
  • Students can identify and appreciate ways in which they are the same and different from others.

Tuning in

What makes me unique?

Read and discuss stories that promote positive perspectives about difference. Some examples include:

  • Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
  • All Kinds of Families by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • Best Friends: A Pop-Up Book by Sheri Safran.

Students make and compare thumb prints and create thumb print artworks to celebrate differences. Everyone’s thumb prints are different.

Finding out

What do my friends and I like to do?

Survey the class and create a pictograph of favourite activities, games, or sports. Discuss which activities are most or least popular to develop ideas around similarities and differences.

Sorting out

What makes us unique?

Each student has a photo of themselves with a large surrounding border to draw pictures and add descriptive words about themselves such as being a good friend, favourite games, things they like to do. The focus of this activity is on developing positive messages around student identity. Photographs can become part of a class display.

Going further

Appreciating difference

Read picture books to students that develop respect and empathy for difference. Some examples include:

  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by G. Andreae
  • Willy and Hugh by Anthony Browne
  • Wilfred Gordan McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox.

Concluding and acting

Respecting difference and diversity

Students collaborate to develop a poem to celebrate why they are unique.

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