Sharing our Differences
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Sharing our Differences

Lesson Summary:

This lesson comes from a unit called "Sharing With Others" on, a resource that offers philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement.

This unit s purpose:

"This unit demonstrates to students the importance of being aware of the needs and opinions of others. It encourages students to think beyond themselves and to treat others with tolerance and respect.

This unit enables students to reflect on the following questions:

  • What does it mean to cooperate?
  • What does it mean to share?
  • What does it mean to be tolerant of others?"

The other lessons in this unit include:
Sharing The Work
Sharing What Is Ours

The purpose of this lesson stated on the site is:
"This lesson emphasizes the value of each individual’s uniqueness. Students will learn to appreciate differences by comparing and contrasting fruit and using all of the fruit to create a tasty fruit salad."


"The learner will:

  • understand that we thank God for all different things by reciting blessings.
  • learn and recite the blessing for all different types of fruit.
  • understand that each fruit is unique and important.
  • realize that we thank God for each unique person, just as we thank God for each unique fruit.
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Diversity” by “Miss” Emily Aronoff Teck
Track # 10 from Good Choices, Volume 1
Inspiration Text
“Blessed (is the One who) differentiates the creatures.” -Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi, BT Berachot 58b

“Diversity” Activity
Help students recognize positive elements and characteristics in themselves and their friends. Support the formation of healthy self concepts in all students by regularly encouraging them to appreciate the ways members of their community are similar and the ways they are different.


I’m so glad you’re you
I’m so glad I’m me
I’m so glad we live in a world with

We’ve got different ways of thinking
Different ways to use our mind
But what I know is all the same
We’re each unique, one of a kind


We’ve got different kinds of families
Different kinds of homes
But what I know is all the same
Is we are not alone


We’ve got different kinds of bodies
Different eyes and skin and hair
But what I know is all the same
Is this great world we share


Sharing is caring
So let’s start sharing
My world needs some repairing
So I’ll be sharing and caring today

Let’s share a smile, feel friendly for a while
Let’s share a wave hello, smiles start to grow

Let’s share a hug, feel warm and snug
Let’s share a kiss we blow, let your love show

Let’s share my high 5, feels good to be alive
I’ll share this song out loud, feel nice and proud



literature connectionsmore

TitleAuthorIllustratorBook Summary
The Only One Club* Jane NaliboffJeff HopkinsThis heartwarming story explores the many ways in which children feel unique and special. The only Jewish child in her class, Jennifer enjoys the attention and creates “The Only One Club,” of which she is the sole member. When her classmates want to join, she is resistant until she realizes that each of her friends is also “the only one” at something. As she inducts them into her club, she reveals the unique qualities that make each of her classmates extraordinary.
We Are All Alike … We Are All Different Cheltenham Elementary School KindergartnersLaura DwightA story written by children for children, it teaches that children have similarities as well as differences.
It’s Okay to Be Different Todd Parr Children of every shape, size, color, family makeup, and background will feel included in this clever, colorfully illustrated book that celebrates diversity.
Dream Big, Little Pig Kristi YamaguchiTim BowersOlympic gold medalist ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi inspires children with her tale of Poppy, a waddling, toddling pig, who dreams of becoming a skating star.
* PJ library Books
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