Stellaluna, by Jannell Cannon, is a great story to jump start a discussion about diversity.
One discovers that although there are many differences, there are also many similarities between Stellaluna and Flip, Flitter & Flap.
In the end, despite the differences, the most important thing Stellaluna realizes is that, "…We are friends and that’s a fact!”
With these things in mind, I thought it would be fun for students to visually “see” the similarities and differences between Stellaluna and the baby birds, through the use of a Venn diagram.
Based on the story, I’ve included 7 different Venn diagrams that students can choose from, including a comparison & contrast of Stellaluna with Flip, Flitter & Flap; plus an interesting “fact finding” Venn, comparing fruit bats like Stellaluna, with another kind of bat. (Graphics of a variety of other bats are included in the packet. )
Since there is plenty of variety, you can extend the lesson & do one as a whole group activity, then another in small groups, and finally as an individual assignment, perfect for writing journals, a language arts center, or fun homework assignment.
Since the characters in the story become friends, I also designed a bat craft, which is an artistic representation of a Venn diagram.
Students pick a partner & fill out a “Brainstorm Worksheet” together.
From there, they each list their difference on the bat’s wings, while their similarities go in the middle, which is the bat’s body.
This is a super-fun way to learn about their classmates, which will help build camaraderie as well.
See the PREVIEW for lots of samples.
The packet also includes several posters to help introduce your lesson.
Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board or hallway display.
I’ve included a “We are alike. We are different. We are friends!” poster to add some extra pizzazz.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy these bat-themed activities, as they learn we are really not all that different from each other. Thanks Stellaluna!
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