Audience: Years K-2
Submitted by: Kirli Saunders
"Whoever you are" is a Mem Fox book which helps very young students build understandings around cultures. It celebrates the bonds which unite us all, and allows students to explore similarities and differences.
Teaching and learning ideas:
Use the question cards Observes, Compares, Reflects, Inquires, Respects and Engages for this activity.
- While reading the book, ask students to think about:
- what they may find surprising. (O)
- After reading the book:
- ask students how they differ from the children in the book (C)
- ask students what the message of the story is (R)
- allow students to reflect on whether they were surprised by aspects of the book and have them identify aspects they would like to learn more about, for example "I was surprised by the schools around the world, and I'd like to know more about how other children learn" (I)
- reiterate the message of the book - regardless of our backgrounds, we all love, cry, laugh and hurt the same
- ask students why the book's message is important for all people (RR)
- ask students how the book's message could change the way they play in the playground and make new friends. (TR)
Note: If you don't have the book, a reading is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9swWI5SPKQ