When the Howards move to Birdwell Island because Clifford has outgrown the city, his appearance alone worries the islanders. But after Clifford saves the day by lapping up an entire pond to put out a forest fire, everyone realizes that it's best to not judge someone just because they are different.

Clifford's Big Idea: Have RespectClifford's Big Idea: Have Respect

By exploring the world and its diverse population, children can grow to respect and appreciate how diversity makes the world a better place to live. The following activities nurture:

  • language and literacy skills
  • understanding and appreciating diversity skills
  • science and discovery skills

Know Your World!Know Your World!

In order to have respect for the environment, it's important to learn some basics like where certain places, animals and landmarks are! Use these fun ideas to help your child start learning about the world:

  • Use a globe or map to find the oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers of the world. Talk about what kind of animals live in salt water and fresh water.
  • Watch exploration videos, read books, and visit local water resources.
  • Hang a wall map in your child's room or hallway to reference. Mark special places of interest.
  • Choose a sea or land animal, locate its natural habitat on the globe or map. Become a scientific explorer, learning everything about it; is it endangered, extinct, or can it be found in a local zoo?

Learning Lingo!Learning Lingo!

Help your child learn to say "hello" and "thank you" in a new language. Practice makes perfect, so don't forget to use these new greetings on everyone you meet!

  Hello Thank You
Spanish hola (oh-la) gracias (grah-see-us)
Italian buon giorno (bwon-jor-noh) grazie (grah-tsee-eh)
French bonjour (bonzhoor) merci (mer-see)

Set the Table for Everyone!Set the Table for Everyone!

With a Group:
Help children celebrate diverse ethnic backgrounds in America by creating placemats that represent people from around the world. Cut out pictures from magazines, books, and travel brochures. Glue to 11x17 piece of construction paper. Laminate. Discuss with children why they think that so many ethnic groups have migrated to America over the years. Encourage children to share their own thoughts about how America's diverse population makes this country such a great place to live.

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