Although for years I've been talking to first graders about how it's okay to be different, partly thanks to Todd Parr (see here), I've never used the word "tolerance" in my room until this year. I'm not sure if my attempt was extraordinary by any means though. How would you define the word for first graders? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Here's my definition:
Tolerance is being kind even when someone is different.
My lesson started with a story about my experience at the gym one evening when I saw someone who looked very different than me. I specifically talked about what I could have done or said but didn't. Out of the story, came the chart below. I asked the kids what differences they've seen in people and what peacemakers and peacebreakers do about those differences.
It's not a perfect chart by any means and will surely be more developed next year, but I hope it was a step in the right direction.
These books have been staples of mine for years as well. They teach about differences and tolerance better than I ever could. :)