Our district requires us to do a Character Counts lesson each month. For October we need to do "Respect". Does anyone have any good lessons for respecting diversity/differences? I teach 4th grade. Thanks!
Students can be divided up into groups and make a poster/presentation/game about another culture.
My second idea is a little usual, but I think kids might enjoy it anyway. You could put students in groups and give each group a topic like "Respecting mom and dad", "Respecting the community", "Respecting my teacher", "Respecting Classmates", "Respecting other cultures", etc. Then these students could do a skit on the the topic that they are assigned. The skit could deal with people doing the right thing or people doing the wrong thing and what happened...like getting in trouble, other people's feelings, etc. as long as the skit isn't condoning the negative behavior. They could also do a historical example if they had different cultures....i.e. during the segregation period in our country.
Another suggestion has to do with the segregation period. Instead of doing skin color, you could do it by hair color. Divide the kids up by hair color. All the black haired/brown haired kids are in group 1. All of the Red haired kids are in group 2 and all of the blondes are in Group 3 (the groups could be switched as you see fit if needed.) then say this group (either 1, 2, or 3) have all priviledges. They can get a drink whenever they want, go to the bathroom, whenever, sit wherever, be first in line, etc. Another group has a few restrictions like they can only use a certain water fountain, etc. A third group would then have to use a certain water fountain that's the farthest away, be the last in line, etc. This could then lead into a disscussion on respect for appearance and how that made them feel. I'm not sure if this would work with fourth graders because you really don't want to make a student feel bad when they can only do certain things, though.