Skills Building: The Sandwich Swap (3-5)

Written by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Tricia Tura

TEKS: Reading K.5(E); 1.6(E); 2.6(E); 3.6(E); 4.6(E); 5.6(E)

Pre Reading Questions

  1. Have you ever been in a conversation where you intentionally or accidentally said something that hurt someone’s feelings?
  2. Think of a time when you saw someone eating something that looked gross to you. Did you tell them that you thought it was gross? How do you think that made them feel?
  3. Why is it important to listen and respect others’ opinions even if they are different from our own?
  4. What are some examples of how we can talk to each other respectfully?

Post Reading Questions

  1. What interests did Salma and Lily have in common?
  2. How did Salma and Lily resolve their differences?
  3. How did they work together to create something for everyone?
  4. How might things have been different had they respected each other’s opinions and differences from the beginning?

Creative Enrichment Activity: Mix It Up! (3-5)

Overview: Students will get to know their peers through activities that allow everyone to share interesting facts about themselves, as well as their personal preferences. Growing relationships builds trust, and also creates a stronger understanding and appreciation for people’s differences. This can create an atmosphere that fosters love.


● Felt rectangles (brown, tan, black, yellow, red, green, white, purple and orange)
● Scissors (enough for each student)
● Black markers
● Glue

Duration: 21 minutes

● 2 minutes – Explain the activity
● 15 minutes – Create the felt food
● 2 minutes – Gallery walk
● 2 minutes – Reflect on the activity


  1. Tell the students to partner with someone that they do not know very well.
  2. Introduce the activity:

    Teacher: “Sit down with your partner, knee to knee, facing one another and have a conversation. Each of you will share three cool facts about yourself. Make sure that you are using your active listening skills, which include eye contact, nodding and asking questions.”

    “Next, find two things that you both have in common and one thing that is different. After two minutes, we will come back together and sit in a circle. We will go around the circle and each of you will share one thing that you learned about your partner.” 

  3. Ask students to share what they learned before moving on to the next activity.
  4. Before passing out supplies, have the students close their eyes and picture their favorite food.
  5. Instruct them to place one finger on their forehead when they have an image of their favorite food in mind.
  6. When everyone is ready, give the next instructions:

    Teacher: “We all have different favorite foods and when we closed our eyes, many of us probably thought of different things. It’s okay to have different opinions, and it’s just as important that we respect differences.”

    “Now, we are going to make our favorite foods come alive! Using felt, scissors and glue, you will create a felt sculpture of your favorite food. When everyone is finished, we will share our food art and celebrate our different tastes. As we are working, keep these expectations in mind:

    • It is important that we encourage and help one another when creating our food.
    • If someone has a different favorite food than you, ask them about it. See if you can learn why it’s their favorite food.
    • We will need to share our supplies and take turns.
    • When it is time to clean up, we need to do it quickly so we can share our food with each other.”
  7. Provide time warnings to the students (e.g., 10 minutes remaining, five minutes remaining, two minutes until clean up.)
  8. Have students clean up and put away all of the supplies, leaving out only the food they created.
  9. Place the food art on the tables and allow students to do a gallery walk and see the foods others created.

Teacher: “
Even when we have different opinions, we can still celebrate one another. Look at all the amazing food we created. This would make one tasty feast!”

Reflection Questions

  • What did you notice about the food on our gallery walk?
  • What foods did you see that you liked, too?
  • Was there any food that you saw that you have never tried before?