‘You can’t tell a book by its cover’.
A circle game activity focusing on the ways children are similar and different from others in class.
Children to sit in a pair with someone they know less well in the class. Ask them to find 2 visible similarities between them (e.g. both have two ears, both wearing shoes, both have brown eyes) and their partner, then repeat for visible differences. Next ask the learners to find 2 invisible similarities (e.g. both have 2 sisters) then repeat for invisible differences. Use a question hand. This may open up wider discussions within your class. Be prepared to continue...
Do you have things in common and things that are different from each other?
Did you find out anything that surprised you about your partner or anyone else in the class?
Could someone else describe your identity for you?
Do we ‘label’ people and sometimes decide who they are / what they like without knowing?
Do you have something that makes you unique?
What would it be like if everyone was the same?
• Ask relevant questions
• Ask different types of questions and decide how to find answers
• Consider a range of possible solutions
• Ask ‘why’, ‘how’, ‘what if’ or unusual questions
• Reflect critically on ideas, actions and outcomes
• Respond to ideas, tasks and problems in surprising ways
• Understand what is relevant information
• Talk about and recognise similarities
• Use first hand experiences and simple information sources to answer questions
• Summarise information
• Predict and anticipate events
• Recognise and challenge assumptions
• Use the language of similarity and difference
• Use given criteria to make judgements
• Express their own views, opinions and preferences
Music: Song by Groove Armada: If everybody looks the same