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What Makes Me Special?

What should we include in an "All About Me" book?


Many outcomes found under:

General Outcome K.1 "I Am Unique" may be addressed by inviting students to create and assemble material for an "All About Me" book representing the gifts, interests, talents and characteristics that make each student unique. Introduce the inquiry by suggesting that many things that seem very similar are often different when examined more closely. Suggest, for example, that no two strands of hair or snowflakes are exactly alike. Invite students to examine pairs of similar objects (e.g., pencils, crayons, blocks) looking for similarities and differences (e.g., dents, different colour or length). Suggest that although members of the class are similar in many ways, each child is also different from everyone else. When people or things are different in some way we call them unique. Explain that students will explore how they are similar to other students in the class and also how each person is unique.

A useful format for these kinds of inquiry is for students to identify several interesting features or possibilities and then decide which of these is the most unique. For each exploration, students could produce a drawing or other record, which would be assembled into an "All About Me" book.

Critical Challenges

Students might explore this overarching theme by completing these challenges:

Help Documents

Embedding Critical Thinking Into Teaching and Learning PDF
This document provides a definition of critical thinking, and discusses how to embed critical thinking into teaching and learning.

Definitions of Terms Used in Overarching Critical Inquiries
This document provides definitions of Overarching Critical Inquiry, Critical Challenge, Modelling the Tools, Support Material, Graphic Organizer, Assessment, and Background Information.

Meeting the Diverse Learning Needs of All Students PDF
This document provides suggestions to help teachers plan for diverse learning needs.

Reference Charts

The following charts provide a quick overview of correlations, references, and summaries for all the Critical Challenges. In the charts, the Critical Challenges are organized according to which Overarching Critical Inquiry they address.

Last updated: July 1, 2014 | (Revision History)
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