Recognizing How We Are Alike

K, 1, 2

Students will be exposed to literature that illustrates the concept that natural and human characteristics can be expressions of cultural uniqueness. This book also illustrates that although we have differences, we are also very similar. Dwelling on differences can cause unnecessary conflict.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne Thirty-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
  • identify and describe the behaviors of the characters.
  • explain why physical differences do not affect one's personal worth/value.
  • ┬Ěstate one benefit of treating others with respect.
  • The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss (see Bibliographical References)
  • Journals or paper

Seuss, Dr. The Sneetches. New York: Random House, 1989. ISBN: 0394800893.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Ask the students to look around the room at how they are different from each other. Ask students to move to opposite sides of the room based on the characteristics you name. Each time the class sorts, count the groups and record the numbers on the chalkboard. Name attributes such as black hair and not black hair, oldest child in the family, rode bike to school today, ate cereal for breakfast, wearing jeans, etc. Ask the students whether these attributes make them better or worse than the people around them. Discuss whether these attributes make a difference in their importance to the classroom, family, or community. Tell the students that you are going to read a book in which these kinds of differences really do matter to the community. Let's see how they deal with differences in the book, The Sneetches.

  2. Read the book to the class. Use your finger to run under the line being read and to point to key picture items.
  3. On selected pages, stop and encourage the children to interact with the book in the following ways:
    • Identify key items in the picture that will aid in listening comprehension.
    • Hypothesize about what may happen next, what the motives of characters might be, and why something is happening.
    • Label the feelings of the characters.
Note and record as appropriate how children: discuss and label the feelings of the characters. discuss the problem in the story and how it relates to experiences in their own lives. illustrate two people who look different but get along together. communicate a benefit of showing respect for others.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark E.2 Discuss the importance of respect for others.
    2. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark E.4 Analyze information to differentiate fact from opinion based on the investigation of issues related to the common good.