Diversity Bulletin Board Set
Honor the diversity in your school by teaching students that representation matters. There is no better way to communicate this than engaging children in lessons designed to celebrate the skin they’re in. Tying these lessons with artists and authors that look like them, share similar experiences, and come from backgrounds they recognize leads to positive empowerment. Use this diversity bulletin board set as a conversation starter to help students observe, discuss, and mix their own skin tone.
Two Ways to Use the Diversity Bulletin Board Set
Whether you’re an art teacher or general education teacher, you can use this classroom decor to teach about cultural diversity in your lessons.
First of all, art teachers can use this diversity bulletin board to teach about skin tone. Every year, we design lessons around drawing and painting portraits. Teaching kids how to mix their own unique skin color in important. Children should understand that even though society labels us as black, white, and brown, no one is actually fully black or white.
Every upper elementary child should understand that skin color begins by mixing the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) in differing amounts along with brown and white. And depending on your school situation, lower elementary students can begin with a selection of base colors and go from there. Depending on my group, I taught them to use the base and add a touch of one or two of the primaries to warm it up or cool it down. This helped the kindergarteners get the color in the ballpark (and not mix what I call “a witches brew” for the next 30 minutes!)
When mixing colors, students use all different creative words to describe the colors they’ve made. They pick words that reflect their environment. Words like hickory, brick, coconut husk, and sand. That’s where the diversity bulletin board comes into play.
It’s an excellent way to celebrate the concept of skin tone. We are not all the same color. Teaching children to embrace your uniqueness is vital to their social emotional learning (SEL).
When I initially designed this diversity bulletin board, I thought general education teachers would also benefit from its use for many of the reasons already mentioned. But additionally, it would be a great way to welcome each student into your classroom for back to school.
How wonderful would it be to start the year off with a lesson on cultural diversity? There’s no greater way to say, “I see color. I value you. This is a safe place for every student.”
To that end, I’ve included an editable version so teachers can make crayon name tags for desks. Letting students pick their own skin tone label is one way to have a more inclusive classroom environment.
For All Teachers
There are some excellent books that all teachers can use to make connections to literacy:
- The Colors of Us book
- All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color
- The Skin Your Live In
You Will Receive
- 26 Pre-Labled Crayon Posters in Two Sizes
- Embrace Your Uniqueness Bulletin Board Letters in Two Sizes
- 5 Bordette Colors in Two Styles
- 26 Editable (PowerPoint) Crayon Name Tags in Two Sizes
The diversity bulletin board displayed features the smaller crayon labels and letters. The large version print out 2 to a page whereas the smaller print 4 to a page.