By : John Sanchez

What Makes Us Different?

Grade Level: 1-2


1. The students, as a whole group, will list at least 10 ways they are different from each other.

2. Students will list one way of how to be respectful to either self or others.

Materials Needed:

1. Tacky the Penguin, by Helen Lester

2. Chart paper, marker


1. Introduce Tacky the Penguin.

Hold up the book and ask the children what they think the book is about.

Show the students the words in the title and ask them what tacky means. Define the word, tacky.

Tacky &endash; messy, sloppy, untidy

2. Read Tacky the Penguin aloud to the class.

3. Ask the students, "what makes Tacky different from his companions?"

4. Ask, "What makes you different from other children?" List the responses on chart paper, under the title "What makes us different."

If the children have difficulty listing at least 10 ways they might be different, ask prompting questions to elicit appropriate responses.

For example: How do you look different from others, or what kind of house do you live in? Is Tacky similar to us in any way?

5. Explain that we all have the right to be respectful to others and our selves.

Talk about the list of responses with the students and ask for any questions.


Review the chart to see that children have listed at least 10 ways they are different from one another.

Ask each child to describe one way that they can be respectful to either their self or others.