We know that today's classrooms are more diverse than ever. We also know how critically important it is for children to have books and resources they can connect to on a personal level. To celebrate National Diversity Day, we have compiled a list of lesson plan ideas, ready-to-go activities and professional articles that speak to the backgrounds of all your students.
Here are some of our favorites:
Many Languages, Many Cultures: Get advice on working with children and families from different cultures, fostering bilingualism, and encouraging tolerance and self-esteem in your classroom.
Helping Children Develop a Sense of Identity: This article explains the importance of identity in the lives of young children and explores the different kinds of ways kids children develop their identity.
How to Choose the Best Multicultural Books: Get 50 great book recommendations, plus advice from top educators, writers, and illustrators on selecting multicultural literature.
Games Around the World: Introduce your students to these fun pastimes from different cultures.
Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today: Take your students on a virtual field trip to Ellis Island with our online activities about immigration, including an interactive tour, an oral history scrapbook, and a variety of research starters.
Culture & Change: Black History in America: Direct your class to this online center honoring the rich heritage of African Americans. Students can explore an interactive timeline, read about famous African Americans, and publish their own thoughts online.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: This online center is the perfect place for students to have fun as they learn about Hispanic heritage. It includes an interactive map, information on famous Latinos, a Spanish vocabulary game, and more.
In case you missed it, check out our author panel on The Importance of All Children Seeing Themselves in Literature during Teacher Week @ Scholastic: