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Different & the Same: Play Ball

As parents and educators continue to navigate school closures due to COVID-19, we are excited to offer portions of our popular school-based program, Different and the Same on our website! We will release a video and activities every-other-week. This is the third lesson in the Different and the Same series. Different and the Same is produced by Family Communications, Inc. 

Theme: Stereotyping 

Key Concepts: In "Play Ball" students continue to learn about stereotyping and fairness. Peer pressure, or pressure from friends or other important people to act in a certain way or adopt a set of beliefs that you may not share, is also introduced. This term does not appear directly in the dialogue but is implied in the way Audrey convinces Cat-a-lion that Arthur can't play baseball. 

Introductory Activity (optional) 

Suggested materials: Paper, Pencils, Crayons/Markers

Have students/children write a story about something they have learned to do (ride a bicycle, skate, sport, swim, dance, read, play an instrument, etc.). Ask them to describe their experience: why they wanted to learn, the difficulties they had, what people said about their early attempts, who helped them, and how they felt when they mastered the skill. Display the stories with a photo or self-portrait of the child performing the activity. 

Suggested Introductory Questions 

Have you ever played a sport?

  • How does someone become good at a sport? 

If you were going to pick teams at school, whom would you choose to be on your team? Why?

What to look for in the video

  • Today's video is about forming a school baseball team. Audrey, who wants to be the captain, has some ideas about who should be on the team. as you watch, think about how she plans to choose her players - and see whether you agree with her. 

Follow-up Questions 

Mr. Kim told Audrey that she was "stereotyping" people, and he explained what that word means. Can you repeat his definition? [Sterotyping is thinking that all people who look a certain way are alike.]

  • What do you think about what Audrey did to Authur?

What do you think Mr. Kim and Authur mean when they said sometimes they felt "invisible"? [invisible means unable to be seen] 

  • What made them feel this way
  • How do you think they reacted when this happened?

In what way did Audrey change her mind from the beginning to the end of her story? 

  • What did she learn? 
  • Is it easy to admit you are wrong and to apologize?