Get Creative with Lining Up
I use creative ways to organize students in a line, and I like to use these teachable moments to discuss similarities and differences, and to illustrate that being different is fine.
For example, I might have students line up according to shades of hair from dark to light. I point out that differences exist even among those who think they are alike. And I ask questions:
- Are differences good or bad or just differences?
- Why do we like some things?
- What similarities can you name?
Or, I might have the class line up according to birthdays and talk about seasons, teasing out a conversation about the value in seasons and weather.
Students can also line up according to where they were born and use a map to figure out who was born closest to the school and who was the farthest away.
- Are they all from the same city or lots of different places?
- Does being from someplace different make you special?
- Is everyone special in some way?