Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Children Just Like Me: Celebrations!

Author: Anabel Kindersley

Photographed by: Barnabas Kindersley

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Children Just Like Me Celebrations is a fantastic book about all different types of ethnicities and cultures around the world, and the special celebrations they have. In this book, it features special types of unique celebrations that happen all around the world even types of celebrations many of us may not even know of. It’s a great book for learning about other diversities and cultures and their special practices. This book not only offers great photography, but it shows actual traditional costumes, decorations, and props they use when celebrating their special day.

This book represents element two because it will open student’s eyes to many different cultural backgrounds. It will help students get a better understanding of countries around world, and their interesting practices. Students will also gain a sense of respect for other cultures and how fascinating some of these celebrations are.

This book is a great way to introduce diversity and culture. It is a wonderful way to show students in class how different other countries are from us as well as being able to better explain world events involving some of these cultures. This book also can help children who may be part of these cultures have an easier way of communicating with their peers. Children in all will take pleasure in learning about other children just like them and at the same time expand their cultural horizon.

Lesson plan!

Create pen pals for your students with other students around the world. Collaborate with other children in other countries. You can start by using the link below to begin. It advertises pen pals in the classroom and over 70,000 students are involved around the world!
Get your pen pal here!

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