Don't Call Me Special

Introduce young learners to the idea of disabilities and making friends with children who are different than they are. Using Don't Call Me Special - A First Look at Disability by Pat Thomas, learners are guided through the new vocabulary they will learn, as well as discussion questions related to the stories.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the bonus activities as a homework activity, or for small groups in a literacy center
  • Incorporate the lesson into a unit about acceptance and overcoming obstacles
  • Periodically, take one of the papers out of the jar (from the closure activity) and have kids reflect on that particular way of being kind to their peers
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson is about people with disabilities, so be sure that your class can discuss the topic with sensitivity
  • Consider adding questions with more depth and opportunities for synthesis
Pros

  • Provides pre-reading suggestions, as well as closure and bonus activities
  • Promotes open-mindedness and acceptance in your classroom environment
Cons

  • Discussion questions are based on the comprehension level only