Ideal for Grades: 1-3
Duration: 10 fifteen - twenty minute episdoes
(c) Family Communication, Inc. - Producers of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
Help your students respect diversity.
Young children are aware of difference and many come into contact with prejudicial
attitudes at an early age.
Designed for grades 1-3, Different and the Same shows puppet characters
confronting issues of diversity in a school setting. The characters tackle a different
diversity issue aided by multi-ethnic adults, who play a supportive role and help
characters resolve issues based on principles of Fairness, Awareness, Inclusion and
The story lines, dialogue and teacher’s aids are appropriate for use in Anti-Bias
and Multicultural Education and can be extended to the following program areas:
anti-bullying, character education, conflict resolution, counseling, civic education,
guidance and life skills.
A Teacher’s Guide provided on each DVD or is avialble as as Free PDF download.
A printed copy provided free of charge with the purchase of the complete series.
The Teacher’s Guide stresses the value of teaching about prejudice and how
it impacts young people. It will help you integrate Different and the Same into your
curriculum and teach students appreciation for others and mutual respect. The teacher's guide is provided on each DVD
and may be downlaoded as PDF file.
•Program summaries provide an overview for activity planning.
•Preparatory questions encourage you to reflect on your own experiences.
•Pre-viewing activities and questions get your students thinking.
•Post-view discussion questions aid in assessing students’ comprehension.
•Post-view activities extend students’ understanding of key concepts. These activities include journaling, developing a class philosophy, and role-playing with puppets.
•Lists of multicultural children’s books that relate to each video topic.
Different and the Same has received awards from: 1)Nat'l Assn. for
Multicultural Education, 2) Nat'l Educational Media Festival, 3)Assn. of Visual
Communicators, 4)Columbus Int'l Film & Video Festival, 5)t'l Communications Film
and Video Festival and 6) New York Festival’s Int'l Non-broadcast Media Competition.
“When we come to appreciate and value other people, even
those who are very different from us in race or culture, our lives can become
richer and fuller . . . It is up to us adults to open up the lines of communication so
hat children can feel comfortable in asking questions and sharing their feelings. By being
caring listeners and by helping them develop the confidence and vocabulary to talk about
diversity, we also help them to feel better about themselves, about others, and about their world.”
---Fred Rogers, Founder, Family Communications, Inc and the creator and host of MISTER ROGERS’
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