Week 4

Racial Knowledge

How do we form our ideas of race? Even though race is a social construct with no basis in science, it is still present in our daily lives. Whether we discuss it or not, children begin noticing skin color from a young age. Understanding what race is and how we get our skin color is necessary if we hope to combat racism.


All the Colors We Are

Read the book ‘All the Colors We Are’ or watch a reading below.


Recall: What are the three ways we get our skin color?

Name your skin color: Using suggestions from the book or your own creativity, write down a name for your own skin color below

A child approaches you looking puzzled. They look up to you, point to another child, and ask, 'Why is my skin this color?"

How do you respond?

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