Diversity Project EDE 300-02 By: Jessica Bunger Geri Dey-Weeter Why are they like that? Grade: 3rd Unit/Lesson: Differences Among Cultures Table of Contents Different types of people Pages 4-6 Languages Pages 7-8 Age Pages 9-11 Disabilities Pages 12-14 Homosexuality Pages 15-17 Class Pages 18-21 Why are they like that? Why do I see so many different types of people in America? Some of the reasons you see so many different types of people in America… We are all immigrants or the descendants of immigrants who came in the last 400 years. Immigration has been so diverse that there is no longer any majority ethnic or religious group. Some of the reasons you see so many different types of people in America… The reason we all can’t have the same skin color is because of a substance called melanin. Melanin is a skin-produced substance than absorbs and disperses sunlight, producing tanning and skin coloration, and thereby blocking out harmful rays from the sun. We all have the same amount of melanin, but depending on what country we are from the melanin is spread out differently in our body producing different skin colors. Why don’t we all speak the same language? People who are not born in America do not learn English as their first language. In some American schools we offer programs for English as a second language. English as a second language http://eslgames.com/edutainment/ Why do they always say “older people are wiser?” Older people have lived longer and have experienced much more than a younger person can imagine. Why do they always say “older people are wiser?” Seniors love to share their knowledge and love children. Activities with Senior Citizens Take a field trip to a Senior Center. Play games at the Center, such as bingo. Assign the children a senior buddy for the whole year. Why are some people in wheelchairs? Some people are born with disabilities that do not allow them to walk. Therefore they must rely on the use of a wheelchair. Activities for Children in Wheelchairs Halloween costume idea http://family.go.com/crafts/season/feature/fam f0900drummer/famf0900drummer.html Accepting Differences http://pbskids.org/clifford/caregivers/activiti es/act_108a.html Using Clifford The Big Red Dog episode 108A, the class will learn how to accept differences among peers. What is homosexuality? http://www.shpm.com/qa/qaglbt/qaglb t11.html This website offers ways of explaining to children people’s different lifestyles. Books dealing with homosexuality Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman; Illustrated by Diana Souza Activities dealing with homosexuality The Attitudes Game This game, based on an exercise by Phyllis Vos Wezeman in her book "Creating Compassion: Activities for Understanding HIV/AIDS", brings up some of the facts and myths regarding gay and lesbian people. http://www2.gol.com/users/aidsed/rainbow/teaching/ att.html What does “Class” mean? Class refers to your position in society. In America, we have Upper Class, Middle Class, and Working Class Upper Class This term usually refers to people in America who hold the most money or hold positions of power. For example, the President of the United States. Middle Class Middle class is a term that usually refers to people who make the average amount of money. Working Class This term usually refers to people who make below average income. An example would be factory workers.