To nurture a community of respect, Rowland’s Learning Resource Center created projects around the Anti-Defamation League’s theme “No Place for Hate” by creating a Diversity Wall. Each grade learned about different aspects of diversity and respect using the themes of self love, feelings, and diversity of thought and location.
- Kindergarten celebrated diversity by expressing what they liked best about themselves using an author study of Nancy Carlson and the book, “I Like Me”. They also learned about bullying from Carlson’s books “Henry and the Bully” and “Arnie and the New Kid”.
- First grade celebrated diversity by doing a character study from the book “Amazing Grace” by empathizing and understanding Grace’s feelings in the story.
- Second graders learned about diversity based on geography, by utilizing PowerPoint and learning about characteristics of urban, suburban, and rural areas.
- Third graders celebrated diversity of thought and opinions by creating Power Points on their opinions regarding the American Library Association’s Banned Book Week.
By creating the Anti Defamation League’s “Wall of Diversity,” students learned to respect differences while appreciating themselves and their surroundings.