Author: Gabrielle Grimard

Summary: During her first few weeks in a new school the children join their classmate Nathan in calling Lila “a crow” because of her dark hair, eyes and skin. To avoid her classmates’ taunting, Lila tries to hide under hats and clothing .She starts to feel lonelier and more isolated. One day, Lila stops to look and listen to the crow that has been following her home every day. Lila sees how beautiful the crow is and has an idea to bring to the great autumn festival coming to her school.

Read aloud on line is available

WITS LEADS Connection: Seeking help, understanding relational victimization.

What is relational victimization?

Children have a pretty sound understanding of differences among children by the time they are in early grades but they may not know how hurtful it is to use “mean names”, especially when these are connected to racism and bias. They may have heard others use racial slurs but not exactly understand what this is about. They may also make up their own “jokes” about others appearance and believe that they are just joking or having fun – even though the target child is not having fun. Perspective taking is growing at this age and teachers can help. Relational victimization happens when a child is repeatedly embarrassed or excluded by others. The victim often thinks it is their fault because they are different in some unchangeable way from their classmates. This can make it hard to get help! Lila needs help but thinks she has to solve the problem herself!

Social responsibility connection: Being a good class member means treating others fairly

WITS Lesson Plan (PDF)