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Diversity Resources for Teachers

October is Diversity Awareness Month. Teach students to respect differences among people in their community and around the world by using the resources below for elementary, intermediate, or high school students. You'll find printables that promote tolerance and understanding, and lessons about immigrant families. Art, reading, and writing activities will help familiarize students with the history and traditions of different religions and ethnic groups.

Printables, Grades K-5

Same Name Word Puzzle
Similar and Different
The Golden Rule
The Melting Pot -- Is It What We Want?
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
A Flag About Me
Seedfolks Teacher's Guide
More Popular Diversity Printables

Printables, Grades 6-12

Exploring Cultural Points of View
Seeing the Same Event Through Different Eyes
The Color of Water
Celebrating Diversity Through Young People's Literature
What is Justice? What is the Injustice Here?
How Can You Prevent Injustice? Handouts
What is Justice? What is the Injustice Here? Handouts
More Diversity Printables

Lesson Plans

An Immigrant's Story
Multicultural Statue of Liberty
Immigrants' Experiences
Immigrant Families
How Do You Say Hello?

Art, Music, Drama, & Diversity Connected

Paper Doll Cut-Outs
Celebrations Around the World
Celebrating Diversity with Art: July-September (3-6)
Kente Cloth
Celebrating Diversity with Art: October-December (3-6)
Celebrating Diversity with Art: January-March (3-6)
Where I Live
More Diversity Resources for Art, Music, & Drama

Immigration Resources

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Quiz
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson -- Projects
World Class Recipes
Acadian History
The Importance of Wings Discussion Guide
More Immigration Teacher Resources

Literature & Diversity Connected

Children from Australia to Zimbabwe Excerpt
Journal of Children of the World
Sharing the Asian American Heritage Experience
Reading Warm-Up for Gr. 1 & 2: Christmas Tamales
Different Just Like Me April Coloring Page
Different Just Like Me Sleep Coloring Page
Don't Say Ain't Discussion Guide
More Literature Resources for Diversity

Reading, Language Arts, & Diversity Connected

Seasons Greetings Around the World
I Draw, You Run
A Holiday from Another Culture
Spanish-English Flashcards for The Story of Ferdinand
Celebrate African-American Heritage & Culture
Civil and Human Rights Discussion Guide
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Martin Luther King, Jr.
More Diversity Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Diversity Resources for History Class

Has the Past Been Just? Handouts
All About Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
Sharing the Hispanic-American Heritage Experience
Dreams Poetry Unit
A Teaching Guide to the World of Ezra Jack Keats
Métis Heritage Flag
Women's Contributions to the Workplace
More Diversity Resources for History Class

Religious Diversity Resources

Introduction to Religious Diversity
Confessions of a Closet Catholic Teacher's Guide
Teaching Astronomy with Multicultural Mythology
Religious Intolerance in European History
More Religion & Diversity Resources

Diversity Resources for Holidays

It Could Happen to You
Thanks Around the World
Background Information -- Understanding Different Points of View
Ho! Ho! Ho! The History of Christmas
White Cane Safety Day
Celebrating Diversity with Art: April-June (3-6)
Join Hands Discussion & Activity Guide
More Diversity Resources for Holidays

Cross-Cultural Resources

Viewing Pictures Differently
Exploring Cross-Cultural Miscommunication
Beyond Blame -- Complete Unit
Beyond Blame -- Additional Resources
First Public Transatlantic Telephone Call
More Cross-Cultural Resources

Black History Month Resources

Hero/Heroine Writing Activity
Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
African Folk Tales: Background Information
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
Tap Your Feet
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Jazz and Math: Rhythmic Innovations
More Black History Month – Teacher Resources

Asian-American History Resources

Chinese Calligraphy
Tangram Art
Chinese Music
Hiroshima: Discussion Questions & Project Ideas
Making an Erhu
Paper Making
A Step from Heaven
More Asian-Pacific-American History – Teacher Resources

Hispanic Heritage Resources

The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
The House on Mango Street
Introduction to Mariachi Music
Puerto Rican Folk Tale
Making a Maraca
Traditional Circle Game from Puerto Rico
Mexico's Day of the Dead
More Hispanic Heritage Resources for Teachers

Native-American Heritage Resources

Blue Birds Common Core Educator's Guide
Make Your Own Totem Pole
Tipi Pattern
Indian Symbols and Meanings
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Native American Indian Crafts
Native American Picture Writing
More American Indians & Native Americans - Teacher Resources

Equality Resources

Thinking about Prejudice
YMCA Word Search
The Roots of Women's Rights
Amelia Earhart's Solo Flight
Amelia Earhart
Notable Quotes by Women
Case of Yick Wo vs. Hopkins
More Equality Resources

Additional Diversity Resources

Understanding Different Points of View
Beyond Blame: Reacting to the 9/11 Terrorist Attack
Multicultural Music Resources
Culturally Diverse Students with Learning Problems
Crossover Children – LD and Gifted

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October Calendar of Events
October is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Fire Prevention Week (10/4-10), Metric Week (10/4-10), World Space Week (10/4-10), World Teacher's Day (10/5), Earth Science Week (10/11-17), Chemistry Week (10/18-24), Teen Read Week (10/18-24), Make a Difference Day (10/24), and Halloween (10/31). Plus, celebrate Bullying Prevention Month, Diversity Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities Month, and School Safety Month all October long!

Bullying Prevention Month
October is Bullying Prevention Month, and it's a crucial topic for teachers and administrators to address. Bullying can cause both physical and emotional harm, and it can range from inflicting physical abuse to cyber-bullying (the use of cell phones, social networking sites, and other forms of technology to cause emotional distress). Learn how to recognize several forms of bullying and teasing, and discover effective techniques for dealing with and preventing bullying in your classroom.

Happy Halloween! Kids love this holiday and all the spooky decorations, games, and stories that go along with it. (Not to mention the candy, of course!) Take advantage of their enthusiasm with classroom connections and fun activities.