We Are Special
1st Grade Oral Language Resources
Children will:• Learn about the concept of how we are all special.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about different things we like to do.
• Explore and apply concepts of how we are special to what it means to be unique.
Children will:• Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of how we are all special.
• Orally use words that name and describe different things that we like to do.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about how each child in their classroom is special.
• Use key concept words [like, special, do, unique, interest].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that children are going to learn about:
• How we are all special.
• What unique means.
• Some different things we like to do.
• What some of our interests are.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the girl on screen. Ask children: What is this girl doing? (painting a picture). What is one of this girl's interests? (art, painting).
• Ask children: An interest is something you like to do. What are some of your interests? (books, rulers, crayons, calendars, etc.).
• Proceed to the next slide. Say: We are all unique. That means that we may have some interests that are the same as our friends' interests and some interests that are different. For example, the girl in this picture might have an interest in dogs, while her friends might have an interest in cats. How are your interests the same as your friends'? (answers will vary) How are your interests different than your friends'? (answers will vary)
Guided Practice• Guide children through the next three slides, showing them the different ways that children are unique. Always have children describe the activities the children are doing in the pictures.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask children to discuss what they like to do during recess and help them learn more about the activities they're interested in. After the second game, have children discuss which of the pictures show activities they are interested in.
Close• Ask children: What is your favorite thing to do when you get home from school?
• Say: We are all special. We have some interests that are the same as our friends and some that are different. What interests do you and your friends have in common?