Written by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins & Ann Hazzard and illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
In the books, Something Happened in Our Town and A Kid’s Book About Racism, we read about racism, what racism is, and how it might show up in our lives. In this activity, we are going to make masks that represent ourselves and the things that we love about ourselves. At the end of this activity, we will talk more about racism, how we can work towards being anti-racist, and reflect on what we’ve learned.
Duration: 45 minutes (for staff: 5-minute pre-activity setup, 15-minute prep)
Do this part of the exercise with students in grades 2-5 only, allow PK – 1 students to observe and discuss, if possible, but do not have them participate. Before beginning this exercise, explain to the students that we are going to “role-play” or act and that you are impressed with how hard they worked on their masks and love all of them in their own unique way.