It’s Okay to Be Different / Tous différents !
Check out this “ready to go” lesson plan that is perfect for teaching about diversity and respecting differences. This slide deck includes activities and resources meant to accompany Todd Parr’s picture book “It’s Okay to Be Different” or the French language version, “Tous différents.”
Both of these books are widely available in our school libraries and each slide deck includes a link to a read-aloud version. Designed for either in-person or distance learning, you simply open the Google Presentation, make a copy, and you are ready to go! Teacher instructions and suggestions can be found in the “speaker's notes” section of each slide.
The Equity and Social Justice Committee has created these lessons as an update to our Rainbow Stories on the Road program, which has traditionally offered LGBTQ2+ themed picture books and novels with options to meet the needs of all elementary grades (including French language titles). In addition to lending book kits, we offer workshops to highlight the importance of creating inclusive classrooms and to facilitate open discussions with staff.
Stay tuned for additional lessons and resources soon to be released.
Members interested in learning more or arranging a virtual workshop for their school can contact our Rainbow Stories Coordinator, Tara Duguid.