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PBSK_AroundBlockPBS KIDS and the PBS KIDS Logo are registered trademarks of Public Broadcasting Service. Used with permission. © 2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. "Arthur" & the other Marc Brown ARTHUR characters and underlying materials (including artwork) ™ and © Marc Brown. Permission is granted for reproduction of this printed material for educational use only. ARTHUR is produced by WGBH Boston and Oasis Animation, Inc.
Alike and Different
Use these activity ideas to kick off classroom conversations about the commonalities and differences within your class, school, and community
Ask: What are some ways all the kids in this class are alike? What are some ways you are different? Chart children’s responses. Brainstorm questions kids could ask to learn more about each other and the diversity that exists within the classroom, for example: What do you call your grandmother? (Nana, Bobci, etc.) What chores do you do at home? Help student groups choose questions, conduct surveys, and create web charts to show responses.
Class Directory Create an information form for each child to complete. Items can include name, three words that describe you, your favorite thing, your least favorite thing. Provide space for drawing a self-portrait. Assemble all the forms in a class directory. Encourage children to browse through the pages, discovering similarities and differences.
Partner Interview Distribute copies of the Venn diagram provided on page 5. Partners will interview each other and record their similarities and differences. Have partners ask each other questions to learn more about one interesting “difference.” Model this process with a volunteer. Let children take home a copy of the Venn diagram and interview a family member or a neighborhood friend.
Local Pen Pals Consider establishing a pen pal relationship with a nearby school or program that has different demographics from your own. Include your pen pals in activities such as “Alike and Different.”
ARTHUR Resources Visit PBS LearningMedia (pbslearningmedia.org) to explore lesson plans, video clips, activities, and interactive games inspired by ARTHUR. You can use these classroom-ready resources to enhance your next lesson and complement out-of-class activities.
commonalities and differences within your class, school, and community
Around the Block Activities
Find more classroom-ready resources at pbslearningmedia.org
On the Map Have children find out where members of their families live or used to live, then attach labels to a large world map, identifying those places. Keep adding to this world map display, writing new labels for pen pals, classroom visitors, and the places kids visit in books.
Sharing Stories Hearing stories about children’s lives a generation or two ago helps kids understand that cultures change over time. Distribute the family activity sheet on page 3 and review instructions.
Classroom Visitors Invite family, school staff, or community members who grew up in another part of the state or country to visit your class and share stories about their childhood. Encourage them to bring show-and-tell items (photos, objects, music, books).
North, South, East, West Bring in compasses and show children how to read them. Help kids tape an ARTHUR compass rose to their desks (see page 6). Have them use a compass to locate magnetic north, then turn their compass rose in that direction. Lead a movement activity: Point north. Turn and face west. Mia, walk ten steps south and two steps east. Where are you? Children can give each other similar directions.
My Town Distribute the activity sheet on page 4. Point out the map key and compass rose. Have children work in pairs to answer the questions at the bottom of the page. Give directions orally to other places on the map. (Invite students to do this as well.) Then have children draw maps of their community.
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Find more classroom-ready resources at pbslearningmedia.org
PBS KIDS and the PBS KIDS Logo are registered trademarks of Public Broadcasting Service. Used with permission. © 2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. "Arthur" & the other Marc Brown ARTHUR characters and underlying materials (including artwork) ™ and © Marc Brown. Permission is granted for reproduction of this printed material for educational use only. ARTHUR is produced by WGBH Boston and Oasis Animation, Inc.
PBS KIDS and the PBS KIDS Logo are registered trademarks of Public Broadcasting Service. Used with permission. © 2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. "Arthur" & the other Marc Brown ARTHUR characters and underlying materials (including artwork) ™ and © Marc Brown. Permission is granted for reproduction of this printed material for educational use only. ARTHUR is produced by WGBH Boston and Oasis Animation, Inc.
Dear Grown-Up, Please tell a story about when you were a kid. For example:
a favorite memory a family reunion a school experience
Together, draw a picture to go with the story.
Sharing Stories/Compartamos Cuentos
Muy apreciado adulto, Por favor cuente un cuento de cuando usted era niño. Por ejemplo:
un recuerdo favorito una tradición de la familia una experiencia en la escuela
Hagan juntos un dibujo para acompañar el cuento.
Directions: Help young learners get to know more about their family and friends by collaborating on the storytelling activity below!
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View this activity online by visiting to.pbs.org/AroundTheBlock
Map Challenge Buster’s mom sends him on an errand. He bikes east on South Brook Road and turns left on Elm Street. He bikes one block then stops at the corner. Where is he? Draw an “X” on the map.
What did Buster’s mom ask him to do?
Buster calls Arthur at home. “Meet me at the treehouse,” he says. On the map, draw the paths Buster and Arthur walk.
Which one of them walks south to get to the tree house?
My Town by Buster
Arthur’s home This is where my best friend lives.
Tree house This is where my friends and I hang out.
Ballfield Once Arthur and I found a mysterious key here.
Mailbox
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My Town by Buster
PBS KIDS and the PBS KIDS Logo are registered trademarks of Public Broadcasting Service. Used with permission. © 2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. "Arthur" & the other Marc Brown ARTHUR characters and underlying materials (including artwork) ™ and © Marc Brown. Permission is granted for reproduction of this printed material for educational use only. ARTHUR is produced by WGBH Boston and Oasis Animation, Inc.
View this activity online by visiting to.pbs.org/AroundTheBlock
PBS KIDS and the PBS KIDS Logo are registered trademarks of Public Broadcasting Service. Used with permission. © 2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. "Arthur" & the other Marc Brown ARTHUR characters and underlying materials (including artwork) ™ and © Marc Brown. Permission is granted for reproduction of this printed material for educational use only. ARTHUR is produced by WGBH Boston and Oasis Animation, Inc.
Name: Things I like to do
Things that we both like to do
Partner Interview
Name: Things I like to do
Directions: Invite your child to interview a family member or a neighborhood friend to learn about similarities and differences! Have each partner ask questions and record their findings in the diagram below.
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ARTHUR’s Compass Rose
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PBS KIDS and the PBS KIDS Logo are registered trademarks of Public Broadcasting Service. Used with permission. © 2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. "Arthur" & the other Marc Brown ARTHUR characters and underlying materials (including artwork) ™ and © Marc Brown. Permission is granted for reproduction of this printed material for educational use only. ARTHUR is produced by WGBH Boston and Oasis Animation, Inc.
View this activity online by visiting to.pbs.org/AroundTheBlock