I Am Special and You Are Special Too -
Teachers: Barbara Geary, Sara Conway, Joy Evans
Project Children L.E.A.D. Director: Dr. Vincenne Revilla Beltran
Subject Area: Diversity
Grade level: Early Preschool (Ages 2 1/2- 3)
Length of Lesson: 20 minutes
The day you were born is special.
Families celebrate in different ways.
Growing is a good thing.
II. Pennsylvania Department of Education Indicators and Special Needs
1.2 Teachers gain information about families
2.17 Children develop a sense of competence
2.28 Children have opportunities to
--be read to in an engaging manner
--be read to in individual ways
--be read the same book on repeated occasions
--opportunities to retell or reenact stories
2.75 Children are provided opportunities to understand diversity in culture
III. High Scope Key Experiences
Music and Movement
Letter to parents asking about how they celebrate -especially birthdays
Birthday pro box
2 Velcro birthday cakes
Camera for play
Book - Little Gorilla by Ruth Borstein
Large piece of brown fake fur cut into the shape of a gorilla
Read Little Gorilla
1. Discuss story
2. Discuss birthdays
Why are they special?
How does your family celebrate?
Retell the story with props
The story is retold by taking the bundle of brown fur out of the basket. We cradle it like a baby. As we tell the story we unwrap the fur and the gorilla begins to grow until he is big which is the climax of the story. We discuss that we are still special and still loved.
1. Introduce birthday prop box
a. Let children implement party with teacher's facilitation if needed.
b. We will take turns pretending whose birthday it is.
A. The children responded well to this lesson. The parents participated and we
shared many family traditions with the group. We discussed that we all
celebrate birthdays, but some families do it differently. We also discussed the
Little Gorilla. We talked about the fact that we are growing and getting
older but we are still loved.
Suggestions for additions to centers:
Blocks - Gorilla family
Writing - Blank birthday cards
Housekeeping - Birthday prop box
Manipulatives - Boxes to wrap
Art - Large paper cut as birthday cakes on easel
Reading - Copies of Little Gorilla and gorilla stuffed animals
Sand and Water - Plastic gorilla families