Zombies and Human Comparison Table
Exploring Similarities and Differences
Similarities and differences can be used to understand and respect how people are alike and different. They are concepts that help children compare, classify, organise and make sense of the world, and when used within an ‘anti-bias approach’, with sensitivity, respect and openness, they can also help to generate understanding and empathy.
In Teaching For Change/Teaching About Race, Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards write:
“Anti-bias education is an integral part of the “bricks and mortar” of emotional well-being and social competence, as well as an emotional foundation upon which children fully develop their cognitive capacities. A healthy sense of self requires that children know and like who they are without feeling superior to others. Understanding and liking one’s own personal and social identities open up the possibilities of building caring connections with others. Thinking critically about stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination takes away barriers to comfortable and respectful interactions with a wide range of people and gives children a tool to resist negative messages about their identities. Strong cognitive development is also enhanced when children develop curiosity, openness to multiple perspectives, and critical-thinking skills.”
The following activity provides a “jumping-off” point that can lead into an exploration about similarities and differences amongst people from various races, backgrounds and religions.
You will need:
Story “Zombies Are People Too”
What to do:
Read the story “Zombies Are People Too”
Explain to the children that as a group they will be identifying the things that are the “same” and the things that are “different” between humans and zombies.
Draw up a table with two columns- label one with “Same” and one with “Different”- explain to the children that all the things that they think of that are the same between zombies and humans go in the “Same” column, and the things that are different will go in the “Different” column.
Ask the children to think of things that are ‘the same’ between zombies and humans eg they both have hair. Chart this in the “Same” column. Have the children think of as many things as they can.
Ask the children to think of things that are ‘different’ between zombies and humans eg humans eat vegetables, zombies don’t. Chart this in the “different” column. Have the children think of as many things as they can. Highlight how there are more things similar than different
Explore the similarities and differences in the class- eye colour, hair colour, skin colour- discuss how the way we look does not determine the type of people we are- it is our actions that do.
To extend further- Create a Persona Doll story to demonstrate how two people who look very different can get along, enjoy the same kinds of hobbies and interests, and be friends.