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BLAST Early Learning
Be Yourself!


Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

A lonely chameleon tries to change his color and shape to fit in with other animals, including the swirly snail, the pink cockatoo, and the green grasshopper, but he cannot find anyone that is just like him.


The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends' skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in


This Is Our House
by Michael Rosen; illustrated by Bob Graham

George won't let any of the other children into his cardboard box house, but when the tables are turned, he finds out how it feels to be excluded.



Open-ended Questions for Blue Chameleon:

· What else does “blue” mean other than the color?

· What kinds of things make you feel blue?

Action Song:

Action Song: Santa Maloney

Here we go Santa Maloney

Here we go Santa Maloney

Here we go Santa Maloney
As we go round & round.

Put your hands on your head...
Put your hands on your knees...
Put your hands on your tummy...
Put your hands on your shoulders...
Put your hands in the air...




Vocabulary Word:

blue: adj. sad


Blue chameleon. ‘I’m lonely.’”

(taken from Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett)




Cut out different shapes in different colors of paper. Then let the children make a face on a blank piece of paper, using the different shapes as the features. Include squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, half-circles, and crescents.



Create doodles on different pieces of paper. Let the students use the paper to make pictures. Discuss with them how everyone’s picture is different, and how everyone sees something different in the doodles.



Use or make a growth chart to measure the kids and compare their heights. You can also provide a scale for the kids to weigh themselves. Help them record their findings.





Imogene's Antlers by David Small

One Thursday Imogene wakes up with a pair of antlers growing out of her head and causes a sensation wherever she goes.


Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children
by Sandra L. Pinkney;
photographs by Myles C. Pinkney

Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African American children.



Two Eyes, a Nose, and a Mouth
by Roberta Grobel Intrater

A visual smorgasbord of multicultural faces and expressions. The text serves to guide viewers to the diversity in humans.



Happy to Be Nappy

by bell hooks; illustrated by Chris Raschka

Celebrates the joy and beauty of nappy hair.