preJUDGED Jamal - Diversity

preJUDGED Jamal is the tenth of the stories from Powerful You (grades 2-adult). Jamal demonstrates ability to overcome barriers to learning (ASCA Behavior - Self-Management Skill Standard 6). Jamal also fosters a sense of belonging in the school environment (ASCA Mindset 3). 

Powerful You Intermediate Instructions

20-25 minutes per week for each of the 26 social skills lessons

1.    Breathe and Stretch before every lesson.  Feel the benefits in YOUR body and mind.  Kids love the breathing ball

2.   Read the true short story from the 8.5 x 11 Powerful You Educator Cards and watch connection radiate in your class.

3.    Stand tall and practice positive self-talk.

4.   Open the lines of communication by allowing children turn & talk time with each journaling question from the Powerful You Educator Card. (use transition chime to move through questions quickly)

5.   Display the Classroom Social Skills Sign.  Leave a classroom footprint of emotional wellness. 

6.   Use the Powerful You Book for positive quotes and additional activities that correspond to each A-Z lesson. Add your ideas to this resource book.  You are more powerful than you know!  

7.   Purchase The Powerful You Educator Kit . (Includes all resources for grades 3 and up)

8.   See more resources below.

Before you judge another, try walking in their shoes.  Have you ever wondered how a child with Autism might feel at the mall?

A great song for the kids to sing together after sharing Jamal’s story. Turn it up and dance together for a brain break!

Parents and teachers will find this story, Gifts from an Enemy,  a valuable and timely resource to help children understand in an age-appropriate way the dangers of hatred, stereotyping, and prejudice. A personal note from Alter Wiener, thought-provoking discussion questions, kid-friendly activities to promote kindness, and more are included.

Happy in Our Skin
By Fran Manushkin

Do you live by the Golden Rule?

The Golden Rule
By Ilene Cooper

A story that teaches how our flaws make us beautiful!  

How are you different from your classmates?  Can you be friends with people who are different from you?  Design a classroom flower using a different petal for each child that describes each person in the class.  The differences make a beautiful flower! 

A simple tip to help you ACCEPT people for who they are!  "People are doing the best they can with the resources they have."

How do you decide who is a good friend?  Do you look at how they look on the inside or outside? Draw a self portrait of yourself and friends, then note the similarities and differences.  Draw your hair, skin color, clothes, hairstyle, jewelry, sporting outfits or whatever you would like to describe each of you.  

The Skin You Live In
By Michael Tyler

A great book to read during Martin Luther King month.  What "fences" are you faced with and how can you "knock" them down?


The Other Side
By Jacqueline Woodson
The Name Jar
By Yangsook Choi

Where is the LOVE?

Rickshaw Girl
By Mitali Perkins

Children will learn that the birds' friendship is based on what's beyond their feathers — what's inside their hearts.

Jack and Jim: Picture Book
By Kitty Crowther

The Sneetches focus on how senseless and unfair prejudice can be. The Sneetches figure out that it's what's on the inside, not what's on the outside that counts!

What makes you different or unique?  This little book is great for kindergarten to discuss diversity.

The Crayon Box that Talked
Random House Books for Young Readers

A short video that helps kids understand the importance of accepting others as they are.  

Do you know how to make an apology if needed?

By Trudy Ludwig

Excellent Reading Counts book for independent reading. (4th grade level)

A good book for helping children with transgender identity questions.  

By Alex Gino

A story about a gender fluid life.


Symptoms of Being Human
By Jeff Garvin

We are all the same, yet different.  A story about a red head with freckles!

Rosie's Story
By Martine Gogoll
GRADES 3-6rebecca wells