By: Christie Williams

A Right to be an Individual.

Grade Level: 3rd grade

Objectives:

-Students will be able to write in a short paragraph about what it means to be treated equally.

-Students will be able to list some rights they have as children.

Materials:

-Different colors of clay

-Paper and pencil for each child

-Colored construction paper

-Glue

-Straws

-Buttons

-Cookie cutters

-Toothpicks

Procedures:

1. Anticipatory set: How would you feel if you lived in a place where you could not make any of your own choices and you had to be like everyone else?

2. Have each student get into groups of 4

3. Group 1 will receive:

-Different colors of clay

-Colored paper

-Glue

-Straws

-Buttons

-Cookie cutters

-Toothpicks

Groups 2 & 3 will receive:

-Four different colors of clay

-Colored paper

Groups 4& 5 will receive:

-All the same color of clay

-Colored paper

Groups 6 & 7

-Clay

4. Tell the students that using the materials given to the group, they are to make a house with a yard. Tell them that the group that has more materials have more rights then the other groups

5. After they are finished have them look around the room at what others have done with their clay. Then talk about what are the similarities and differences they notice.

6. Ask them how they felt when they were not given the same materials. Discuss with the students that each of them have rights and each are individuals no matter where they are from or how they grew up. Just like all of them forming the clay in different ways, they are all individuals. They also have the right to be treated equal.

7. Discuss the following questions with the students:

-What is a right?

-What are some rights people and children have?

-What does it mean to be equal?

Evaluation:

-On a sheet of paper have the students write what it means to be equal in a short paragraph.

-Have the students list some right they have as children and individuals.

 

(Idea formatted from: http://www1.edu/humanrts/education/pihre/elem.html#diversity_