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Years 1 – 2
Lesson 1: I Count! You Count!
I Am Unique, You Are Unique!


  1. Lesson Overview
  2. Australian Curriculum Links
  3. Lesson Plan: Suggested Sequence of Learning Experiences

Downloadable Reference Materials

1. Lesson Overview

Length of Lesson

Prior knowledge (What should the Teacher Have Already Covered)

Resources Required

Key Concepts

Learning Outcomes

HPE Subject Area Years 1 and 2

General Capabilities by the End of Year 2 (Level 2)

Personal and Social Capability

Intercultural Understanding


Assessable moments: As students undertake the learning experiences described in the lesson, take note of a range of assessable moments to provide information about student achievement. Ongoing assessment will provide evidence of the extent to which students achieve the identified Australian Curriculum links. Assessable moments are linked to learning outcomes and are identified by the following identifier: assessable moments tickLO (insert number)

3. Lesson Plan: Suggested Sequence of Learning Experiences

Format Lesson Plan: Suggested Sequence of Learning Experiences
Intro 15 mins

Introduction to the Everyone Everyday program

Welcoming activity to demonstrate what inclusion is:

  • everyone stands in a circle.
  • the teacher starts the welcoming activity by saying welcome (or other greeting) to a student (student A).
  • student A then says welcome back to the teacher. The teacher sits down.
  • student A then says welcome to someone else who is standing – student B.
  • student B then says welcome back to student A. Student A sits down.
  • continue this process until everyone has been welcomed.

Teacher’s notes: Use this activity at the beginning of every lesson to reinforce an example of everyone being included in an activity. Ask children to choose a different person each day to welcome so they do not always pick the same people. As the class becomes familiar with this activity, the time taken to complete it should decrease.

State the learning intention: Today we are going to begin a program called Everyone Everyday. We will be learning about what we can do every day to make sure everyone around us feels included in our daily activities, like playing, being with friends, and participating in activities at school or after school. We will also be exploring what disability is – because people with disability sometimes feel like they are not included in day to day activities.

Refer to the Action Plan poster and let students know that they will be working through the themes that form the word INCLUDE.

Firstly, we are going to explore the ‘I’ theme – I count, you count. We will become aware of how we all have things that are similar, and things that are different, and reflect on why this is a great thing.

We will begin by participating in an activity to find out more about ourselves and each other.

Body 20 mins

Activity 1: Being Me! Being You!

Lesson 1 Activity 1 – Hand pdf File (56.5 kb)
Lesson 1 Activity 1 – Hand word File (109 kb)

assessable moments tickLO1, LO2 Task:

  1. Hand out template of hand print provided. Ask students to write their name in the wrist of their hand.
    Hand template example drawn in
  2. Tell the children that their hand outline is going to be filled with words and pictures that are all about them. Ask children to think about something they are good at – or have the ability to do. Draw a picture of their ability inside the hand (on the palm). For example – reading, dancing, singing, drawing, art, construction like lego, sport, maths, cooking, looking after a family member, playing with their friends and family etc. Then, colour in the hand with their favorite colour. See example above.
  3. Sit in a circle on the floor and ask children to put their hand pictures in the middle of the circle so everyone can see them.
  4. Invite students to share some of the responses that were recorded on their hands. Ask questions like:
    • Are any of your answers similar? Are any different?
    • How do you feel about your answers not being the same? Explain. (Talk about how interesting other people are. Draw attention to the fact that having different answers is a great thing, because if everyone was the same, life would be boring).
    • In what other ways can we have similarities or differences to our classmates? (See teacher’s notes below before discussing this question).
      Teacher’s notes: Use explicit teaching techniques (e.g. think out loud) to direct discussion to topics including:
      • Cultural background (language, dress, food, daily activities, celebrations, traditions).
      • Different abilities – things we are good at. Everyone is good at something. Mention that people with disability experience challenges that require them to do things differently. If children ask what disability is – use this definition: A person has a disability when they have difficulty to see, learn, walk, hear or do other activities.
      • Ways we communicate our thoughts and feelings (e.g. by sounds, written word, colour, facial expressions).
      • Ways we move around (walking, in a wheelchair).
      • Ways we learn (using pictures, signs, charts, writing and reading, touching, making and doing, listening).
      • Ways we look (short hair/long hair, eye colour, tall/short, skin colour etc.).
      • Our likes and dislikes.
  5. Cut out hand pictures and glue them on a class poster to show how we are all different, and this makes our class very interesting and unique.

Main points to highlight:

  • Everyone has things about them that make them similar and different from the people around them.
  • We can make a lot of friends if we accept that we all have differences that make us unique, and that we can do things in many different ways. We all have things we are good at, and things we are not so good at.
  • Sameness is boring, difference is interesting!

Activity 2: Having a Disability Is Just Having a Difference!

Establish context: In the previous activity, we looked at ways we are similar and ways we are different. A person with a disability will have some differences that make them unique. Remember, if we were all the same – life would be boring!

Introduce definition of disability: A person has a disability when they have difficulty to see, learn, walk, hear or do other activities. There are many types of disabilities and some we cannot see. Changes to buildings, rules, and attitudes are sometimes needed to help make sure a child with a disability can play, participate and go to school. Having a disability just means that you may need to do things in a different way from others that do not have that disability. People with disability may need to communicate differently (e.g. a person with a hearing disability may need to use sign language), learn differently (e.g. a person who does not understand word and letters may use pictures to learn), or move around differently (e.g. a person who is unable to walk may use a wheelchair). Everyone has challenges, disability or not, and we can find ways to address the challenges we experience every day.

assessable moments tickLO3 Class Discussion:

Give an example of someone you know who has a disability and mention something interesting about them.

Who do you know who has a disability?
What type of disability do they have?

Sometimes, people with disability do not feel included in day to day activities because of their differences. Can you think of any examples? (Use this question to find out if the children have any thoughts or feelings about disability and inclusion. You can prompt the children by asking them to think about challenges people with a vision disability may experience when moving around their community and how this can impact on their participation in community life. If you do not get a response, just move on to the next activity.)

Additional Activity

Read story “Being me, being you pdf icon (4.4 Mb)

Main point to highlight:

  • If we understand and accept the differences we have, no matter what they are, we will have more opportunities to make friends that are interesting and share different experiences with.
Conclusion and Reflection 10mins

assessable moments tickLO1, LO2, LO3 Class Discussion:

What did you learn today about your classmates? (relate to the positive messages and benefits about living in a diverse community where people have similarities and differences)

Why is this important?

What questions do you have?

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