Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Subject:
Elementary Education, English Language Arts, Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Primary
Grade:
3, 4, 5
Tags:
  • Belonging
  • Epic
  • Erskine
  • Friendship
  • Inclusion
  • Social Change
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    Belonging: We Are Similar and Different

    Belonging: We Are Similar and Different

    Overview

    In this lesson, students learn about what it means to belong and how to include others. Students will identify similarities and differences between themselves and a partner but understand how they are still part of the same community.

    Lesson Overview

    The attached lesson contains sample worksheets for the activities. Please adapt the content to fit your students' abilities and interests.

    Introduction

    In this lesson, students learn about what it means to belong and how to include others. Students will identify similarities and differences between themselves and a partner but understand how they are still part of the same community.

    Grades 3 – 5

    Themes

    • Belonging
    • Inclusion
    • Friendship

    Objectives

    During this lesson, students will:

    • Explain why it is important to belong to a group or community.
    • Construct a belonging goal that will help members of a community feel included.
    • Organize similarities and differences of students into a Venn diagram.

    Essential Questioning

    Students should be able to answer these questions by the end of this lesson:

    • What does it mean to belong?
      • “A feeling of closeness with others and that you fit into a group”
    • How do I help others feel like they belong/are included?
    • In what types of communities do students belong?
      • Classroom
      • School
      • Family
      • Sports
      • Etc.
    • Has there ever been a time or place when you have felt like you did not belong?

    Indiana Academic Standards

    INSS.ELA-SPEAKING AND LISTENING.3.SL.2.1

    • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on grade-appropriate topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing personal ideas clearly.

    INSS.ELA-SPEAKING AND LISTENING.3.SL.2.4

    • Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link comments to the remarks of others.

    INSS.ELA-SPEAKING AND LISTENING.4.SL.2.1 and

    INSS.ELA-SPEAKING AND LISTENING.5.SL.2.1

    • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on grade-appropriate topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing personal ideas clearly.

    INSS.ELA-SPEAKING AND LISTENING.4.SL.2.4

    • Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

    INSS.ELA-SPEAKING AND LISTENING.5.SL.2.4

    • Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.

    INSS.ELA-SPEAKING AND LISTENING.5.SL.2.5

    • Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in reference to information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

    Download the attached PDF document for complete lesson materials. 

    Download the attached Word version for fully accessible document.