Sunday, December 18, 2011

One of Us

One of Us by Peggy Moss is a FANTASTIC book to talk to students about diversity. I'm using this book with my 2nd and 3rd graders this month as a class lesson.  Here is my lesson plan:

Before reading the story ask students to think about things they have in common with other students in their class.  Ask them to think of some things that are different.

After this brief this discussion begin reading One of Us by telling students you are going to read a book about a girl who goes to a new school and is looking to make new friends.

When you have completed the story, check for comprehension by asking the following questions:
  1. What happened to Roberta James on her first day of School?
  2. What were some things that Roberta James had in common with her classmates?
  3. What were somethings that were different?
  4. What group did Roberta fit in to?
  5. What was so great about Roberta's group of friends?

Now its time for an activity! Explain to students that they are to partner up and find two things they have in common and two things that are different between them and their partner.  Give students about 2-3 minutes to do this. Have students switch partners three or four times.

Bring students back to a large group to make a T chart of the similarities and differences they found amongst their classmates. Ideally, it would be a great to do this on a large piece of poster board that can be hung in the classroom after the lesson. Title the poster "We are unique, we are different".

To close the lesson emphasis that we all share things in common, but we also have qualities that make us unique and special.
Would you use this lesson with your students? 


  1. Love it! I think this is a great lesson. I like how you decided to leave the paper up for the class to look at after the lesson is over. I will definitely be looking for this book at the store.

  2. Jennifer thank you for positive comments-you filled my bucket :)

    You will NOT regret buying this book-its a student favorite :)

  3. It is a great book:0) I teach Grade 3 and I plan on using it to help with infering as our comprehension strategy. I think the author teaches a great lesson and it is very clear.