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The Colors of the Rainbow
Transcript of The Colors of the Rainbow
Meet Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Social worker - 10+
Let's Talk About It! series
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, and French
About the Book
Author: Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Appropriate for Preschool - 2nd grade
Read aloud: Preschool - early 1st grade
Independent read: late 1st grade - 2nd grade
The Colors of the Rainbow helps children to embrace their differences and the differences of others - with emphasis on skin, hair, and eye color; clothing; language; food eaten; and religion - while helping them to realize the commonalities that exist as well. Rainbows are referenced throughout the book to help children realize that they and everyone else are unique like the individual colors of the rainbow and, when they come together with others, it creates something very special, like a rainbow.
Quality of Book
Different aspects of diversity throughout
Activity 1 : PreKindergarten - Kindergarten
16.2.K.B: Identify similarities and differences between self and others.
An image of a rainbow will be cut into pieces and each student will get one piece. The students will be given an assortment of crayons and told to color each arc of the rainbow using the directions provided. When the students have finished coloring their pieces, they will share them with the class. Then, in small groups of 4, students will determine what makes them similar to and different from the peers they are working with. Finally, all of the pieces will be put together to form a unique rainbow, reminding the students of the importance of coming together and not letting their differences be a reason to keep them apart.
1. Color of your skin
2. Color of your hair
3. Color of your eyes
4. Color of your favorite holiday
5. Color of your favorite food
6. Color of your house or apartment
7. Color of your favorite piece of clothing
Activity 2: Kindergarten
1.4.K.B: Write, dictate, or illustrate to communicate information.
Students will brainstorm ideas with a peer, and then they will write about or draw a picture about at least one way they would communicate with someone who speaks a different language than they do, excluding smiling, which was mentioned in the book.
Activity 3: First Grade
1.5.1.A: Identify and write about one specific topic.
Students will choose one of the aspects of diversity covered in the book that reminds them of themselves and/or their family. Then, they will write a short paragraph explaining how that aspect of diversity makes them and/or their family unique.