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It's Okay to Be Different: Teaching Diversity With Todd Parr

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It's Okay to Be Different: Teaching Diversity With Todd Parr

Grades 1 – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Karla Price

Boone, North Carolina


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps






  • It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr (Little, Brown and Company, 2001)
  • Art supplies
  • Chart paper and marker
  • Computers with Internet access
  • Scissors and staplers
  • Student journals

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Flip Book

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Flip Book

The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets.


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RWT Flip Book

Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

RWT Flip Book

The Flip Book app is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books.


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Group Exploration Sheet

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1. Obtain and familiarize yourself with It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr.

2. Divide your class into small groups. (Four is an ideal number of students for each group.) Make a copy of the Group Exploration Sheet for each group.

3. If your students do not have response journals, have paper available.

4. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve one hour-long session in your school's computer lab.

5. Visit and familiarize yourself with the Flip Book, one of ReadWriteThink.org's online publishing tools. Bookmark this tool on your classroom or lab computers.

6. Visit and bookmark About Todd Parr and read about the author and his other books. Make sure you visit the Allen Brook School's THE OKAY BOOK webpage; you will share this page with your students.

7. Arrange with a colleague to have your students visit another class (either the same age or younger) to share their completed books.

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