Prejudice lessons in Pre-First

A year ago, Pre-First through Second Grades heard the story of Froggy, a frog who makes an error in judgment by refusing to entertain the idea of getting to know Begonia Skunk and her family — just because they’re skunks. Froggy’s being prejudiced against Begonia. It’s a good thing that Rachel Rabbit and Begonia help Froggy see that his actions and beliefs not only are unfair but also are keeping him from befriending a really great potential playmate!

To introduce this year’s Pre-Firsters to Froggy and talk about prejudice, we used the story, three puppets, and a worksheet. Skin color was the most obvious connection for the students, especially when making connections to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but we also discussed prejudice against people with disabilities and other differences. To complete the worksheet, students made the connection between the beautiful array of skin colors that we see at Westminster and all over the world and the beautiful colors of a rainbow. A rainbow isn’t one color or two colors; our skin colors aren’t either. Students were encouraged to color their rainbows as wildly beautiful as they desired. See some of their unique creations below!

prejudice picstitch 2

Colorful rainbows — take note of social media references in the bottom left

prejudice picstitch 1

Colorful rainbows — see child using a wheelchair on the bottom right; the student who drew this said, “I drew a girl in a wheelchair because I would always try to be friends with everyone, especially if they might feel different.”

 

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