Focus on the beauty of diversity in honor of Anti-Bullying week (11/18-22) with the telling of a shape story using a flannel board and geometric shapes cut from felt. The shapes are clustered on the flannel board with like shapes together and the story goes like this:
The triangles lived together and only played with other triangles. (Tip: you can reinforce geometry by describing each shape, for instance “the triangles only played with other shapes with three sides”
The squares lived together and only played with other squares.
The rectangles lived together and only played with other rectangles and the same was true for the circles.
One day two circles were playing together and rolled down the hill and bumped into a rectangle. They were so surprised to see that together they had created a wagon!
When the other shapes saw what had happened they all began playing together to see what else they could make…
There was a house
There was a tree
There was a sun
There seemed to be no end to the wonderful things they could make when they played together. (Tip: this is the perfect time for the kids to come up to the flannel board and create their own designs by combining various shapes)
Although this is a super simple story, the message is still very relevant… the things that make us different should be treasured because ultimately, they only make us better.
COMMON CORE STANARDS
Speaking & Listening
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3