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Respecting Differences

Course, Subject

Physical Education, Health, Physical Education, and Family and Consumer Sciences

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade


The students will design a poster to hang in the hallway at school. The poster will have a slogan that expresses a way of showing respect. The poster will include pictures that represent differences in people. Each group will present the posters to the class.

Students will be evaluated on the quality of participation in the activity and the completed assignment.


Buffalo Public Schools Curriculum Department


Three (3) - 45 minute classes

Essential Question

In what ways can we show respect towards other people's differences?

Video Resources

The Respect Series from United Streaming

  • Uncommon Courtesy
  • I was Just Kidding!
  • You're Right & So am I
  • Respect for Property and Authority


This activity will help students to see respect as a valued trait and to encourage understanding of individual differences.

Introduce the meaning of respect.

Convey to the students that respect means treating others the way in which you would like to be treated – regardless of their differences.

Have students name something that he/she likes. Ask the students to share their responses with their neighbor. Are their answers the same? Explain that sometimes people tend to like different things, yet they should all be treated with the same respect.

Ask students to name other differences they may have with one another.

Divide your class into groups. Have each group create a poster that has a slogan about what respect means to them and honors the differences among people.


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