Recently, I was taught how to download YouTube videos to use with my students. A very techy co-worker taught me, and now I'm obsessed! I have been finding tons of videos that are great to use in classroom lessons. Pixar make great short films that have meaningful messages for our kids. Here are two of my favorites that address differences.
Day and Night
I love this video! It is so entertaining. It is a great way to teach children about differences. It can lead to discussions on what makes people different. It is important to talk about things that the two have in common as well. When using this video in a classroom, I would follow it with a Venn Diagram group activity. I would pair the students to complete a Venn Diagram about characteristics they have that make them alike and different.
For the Birds
It doesn't matter what age you are, you will think this short film is so funny! This video is another great way to talk about differences we have. I love that this movie address how we should treat people that are different than we are. In the video the birds don't make the best choices. They treat a bird who is different with disrespect. They make fun of the bird, they isolate the bird, and they gossip about the bird. All of these issues can be addressed using this video. Here is an activity page that goes along with this video.