Author:
MARQUIS GRANT
Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Primary, Middle School
Grade:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Tags:
  • Differences
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Similarities
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Audio, Interactive, Video

    Education Standards

    Project Based Learning: Creating an Inclusive Classroom

    Overview

    Inclusion is an important concept in that it promotes equity and equality in the classroom. Students learn to work together despite their differences, capitalizing on their strengths and minimizing their deficits. Students within the school will be educated about the importance of inclusion, collaborating to complete activities and advocating for a school-wide inclusion program that involves all students, teachers and administrators.

    Preliminary Activities

    • Students will be given a pre-planning activity about what it means to be the same and to be different. After watching the following videos, students will write 2-3 sentences about: (1) what it means to be the same and what it means to be different (2) why are people sometimes not included in a group if they are different? Results of the activity will be placed in a chart and will be shared with students at the end of the project to see whether their meanings about the terms changed.

    • Students will watch video clips:

    The Meanest Girl in Second Grade: https://youtu.be/QFWfFCmjH_s

    Everyone Counts: My Friend Isabelle https://youtu.be/IEB2bk29AMQ

    Same Difference: https://youtu.be/XpSLtVXF0Mc

    We Are Alike, We Are All Different: https://youtu.be/1y4YDaqgybI

    Planning

    Students will begin to develop a proposal for a school-wide inclusion initiative to present to school administration. The students will discuss the objective of the assignment and what they hope the outcome will be once the project is over

     

     

    Activities

    • Students will be assigned specific groups for lunch and recess. Students can only eat lunch with or play with students in another group if all group members agree. Groups will rotate on a weekly basis. 

    • Student groups will have an assignment to complete each week, due on Friday. If any group fails to complete the assignment, none of the groups will rotate but remain the same for the next week until all assignments are completed. This is designed to promote compromise and deeper collaboration.

    Activity 1: Create an inclusion poster 

    Activity 2: Develop and act out a short skit about same and difference.

    Activity 3: Each member of the group will have a personal character analysis sheet. Each sheet will be passed around so that members of the group can write one positive word that describes each member. Each group member should have one word written on his sheet from other members of his group.

    Activity 4: The group will choose a group or cause to champion (examples: Autism Society, Covenant House, Children’s Defense Fund). Students will explain why they chose the organization, research the core beliefs of the organization, discuss why inclusion would be important for children served by the organization, and create a brochure for the organization.

    Create

    Students will create a short documentary about activities that they collaborated on and completed together throughout the school year. The documentary will highlight positives and negatives that may accompany collaboration and demonstrate how students worked through any issues that arose.

    Students will create a short documentary about activities that they collaborated on and completed together throughout the school year. The documentary will highlight positives and negatives that may accompany collaboration and demonstrate how students worked through any issues that arose.

    Advocate

    Students will write and video a short public service announcement about the importance of inclusion. The video will be viewed by each classroom and, thereafter, teachers will engage in a discussion with their students about the three concepts: definition of same, different, inclusion; synonyms and antonyms for same, different, inclusion and what each may look like in the classroom and in society.  The program continues beyond the initial school-year; students continue to expand their efforts.

    Students will write and video a short public service announcement about the importance of inclusion. The video will be viewed by each classroom and, thereafter, teachers will engage in a discussion with their students about the three concepts: definition of same, different, inclusion; synonyms and antonyms for same, different, inclusion and what each may look like in the classroom and in society.