Friendship – Accepting Differences
Lesson Objective
The student will learn about friendship, accepting differences, and positive qualities.
Background Information for Teacher
Words in bold are said by the teacher.
Student Prior Knowledge
"It's Okay to Be Different" by Todd Parr
dynamic music
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
After watching the video,"It's Okay to Be Different". Ask: What did you like about the book? Was there anything you did not
like? Why did it say in the book that it was "okay" to have all those different things? Why is it okay to be different? What if
we weren't all different?
How different are we? Have the student stand up and get ready to… dance! Dance with the student and/or have other siblings
Play Uptown Funk or Play Happy ( just play song for 30-60 seconds)
. You can also play both songs to see how different the
student’s dancing changes with the music.
The children will respond spontaneously to the music. The students will then share perform their spontaneous movements.
Once the song has stopped, the teacher and student will compare and contrast movements.
We all listened to the same song, why were everyone's movements different? How is this similar to the story "It's Okay to
Be Different" by Todd Parr.
Write responses on to chart paper.
Close your eyes and imagine that we all had the same hairstyle, the same shirt on, and the same parents. How would this
make you feel? Think of one thing that makes you different from everybody else. Keep it to yourself.
Teacher will explain to the student that they are going to make their own "It's Okay to Be Different" page.
The students will draw a picture of what they have or do that makes them different from everyone else The students will discuss how
and why they made a specific work of art.

Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets for extra practice
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
One of a Kind? (offline) activity
This activity works best with more than one participant.
Materials: crayons, pencils, 11x17 construction paper, (magazines, glue, and scissors optional)
Description: Students will draw pictures (or cut and paste pictures from a magazine) showing their favorite holiday activity, favorite
food, favorite thing to wear, favorite type of transportation, etc. Once everyone has completed their project, compare them and
discover your similarities.