In a Rainbow of Friends students get to see how friends can be very different from one another. It teaches students to celebrate and value each other despite differences. Students in my class come from many different cultural backgrounds making this a perfect mentor text for both my friends unit and culture and diversity unit.
This story is about Farah who has moved from another country and cannot speak the same language as other students in her class. She feels lonely but after a class trip to the apple orchard she connects with the other students when making apple cider, something Farah is familiar with. This book is perfect for my classroom of students who themselves may be overwhelmed with learning a new language and communicating with others and will be used during my friends unit.
The Colors of Us points out that we all have different skin colors in a positive way. It allows students to see that all of us have may look different and that is a wonderful thing. This book is a perfect choice for my culture and diversity unit.
In Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! it's Gabe's first day of school in America. Gabe can't quite speak English yet however, Gabe soon learns that kindness can be shown despite what language you speak. This book will be a wonderful mentor text to teach my students how to show kindness, even if we all speak different languages, during our friends unit.
Rene has two last names but his teacher chooses to only use one. This upsets Rene. In this story Rene is able to share his family tree and explain to his classmates and teacher why both of his last names are so important to him and his family. This book teaches students the importance of the cultural difference and students who have two last names just like Rene can easily relate. This story will be a perfect addition to my back to school texts and a reminder to students and myself how important it is to value a name.
Green is a Chile Pepper is a colors book that also reinforces rhyme, a necessary phonemic awareness skill. This book will fit well into the properties of objects unit as it uses color as a property to categorize foods from the Latino culture, which many of my students are familiar with.
Round is a Tortilla is a shapes book that will be utilized during the properties of objects science unit as well as a shapes math unit. The text uses many Latino foods, which many of my students would be excited to see, and compares them to shapes in the world.
I Love Saturdays y domingos tells the story of a child who visits his European-American family on Saturdays and then visits his Mexican-American family on Sundays (domingos). This story celebrates both cultures in English and in Spanish which many students in my class can relate to. This book will be perfect for my culture and diversity unit.
Marisol is a multi-racial girl, who shares similarities with some of my students, and has a unique style. When she is teased for never matching she continues being herself despite others' suggestions. Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match is a perfect text for a friends unit which includes a topic on staying true to yourself even if others question you.
Quinito's Neighborhood is a story about where Quinito lives. The book shares all of the people that live in his neighborhood and what their job is. This book is a perfect mentor text for a community helpers unit that takes a look at jobs in a Hispanic culture, which many of my students can make a connection to.
Mixed Me! tells the story of Mike and his parents. Mike is mixed and is often asked many questions, however, he always has just the right answer and responds with joy when anyone questions him on his race. Mixed Me! is a positive story about race that can be used for both my friends and culture and diversity units that many students in my class will be able to relate to.
This story is about Maria and her family on Christmas Eve. It is a humorous story about what happens when a ring gets lost in a batch of tamales and a desperate attempt to try to find the ring by eating the tamales. This book would be a perfect addition to my culture and diversity unit and has cultural elements that students in my class would be very familiar with.
This is a story about a girl and her abuela (grandmother) as they fly over New York City seeing many people, buildings, and streets. This book would accompany a town unit and is a book that many of my students, who have an abuela, would be excited to hear.
Yo! Yes? is a simple book about friendship between an African American and white boy. They meet on the street, get acquainted quickly, and decide to be friends. This book would serve as a simple reminder to my students that skin color has nothing to do with friendship.
A girl goes looking for her brother at dinnertime and discovers various cultures throughout her journey through the diverse households on her street. What she realizes is that even though everyone has different cultural background they all have something in common, rice. This book will be used as a resource for a culture and diversity unit to show students that even though we may all have different backgrounds we share many similarities.
Jeremy desperately wants a pair of popular shoes, however, his grandma reminds them that they can only afford things they need. Jeremy finds a second hand pair and is determined to wear them even if they are too small. He soon becomes thankful for the things he has, especially his grandmother, and helps out a friend who is also in need. Jeremy's story is one that many students in my class could relate to and is a perfect addition to a friends unit.
This book tells the story of CJ and his grandma who are riding the bus around town. CJ begins to notice what others have around them and wonders why he doesn't have the same. His grandma is quick with encouraging answers to his questions. This book will be used during the town unit as well as a a focus on wants and needs during the economics unit. It is also a relatable text for my students who often themselves wonder why other people have things they want too and for students who live with their grandma.
The author of this book shares the message to kids that there are little ones just like them all over the world. The book highlights the similarities and differences between various cultures around the world. This book will show my students that even though we all are from different places around the world we share many similarities and can learn from each other. It will be used as a resource during my culture and diversity unit.
Unhei has just moved to America from Korea and is worried that the kids in her class will have trouble pronouncing her name. Instead of introducing herself she tells the students to gives her suggestions of a new American name. Unhei soon realizes just how special her name is to her and her new friends encourage her to use her Korean name. This book is a perfect choice to celebrate unique names and foster an environment where everyone's name is valued and pronounced correctly. This book will be used during my friends unit at the beginning of the school year.
Lily and Salma are very good friends until they begin to fight about what should be on a sandwich. They both eat very differently based on their culture but soon see that a difference should not keep them from being good friends. This book will be used during my friends unit to show students that even when others are different you can still be friends.