All Are Welcome Activities and Comprehension Questions
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold is a brilliant book to read at the start of a new school year. Read on to find All Are Welcome activities and comprehension questions to promote relationship skills, empathy & open-mindedness.
A class of students feel welcome and included in their classroom, no matter their background, race, and culture. They belong to an open-minded and safe community where they feel included and appreciated. The book gives you the opportunity to promote:
- the importance of diversity and inclusion
- building positive friendships and relationships
- be proud of who you are, your values and your culture
You can also use the book to teach:
- author's purpose
- making connections
- identifying the main idea and theme
Scroll down for All Are Welcome activities, discussion questions and videos.
All Are Welcome Summary
All Are Welcome illustrated a welcoming and inclusive classroom community. The students celebrate their unique backgrounds and differences in an environment they feel safe to be themselves.
The reader follows a group of children through a day going to school. They come from different cultural backgrounds and have different morning and evening routines. The children work and play together, before gathering to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
We see children and their families expressing themselves freely through their actions, food, clothes, and routines.
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All Are Welcome Activities & Resources
I have created literacy graphic organizers for All Are Welcome. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. There are many activities for each literacy area to differentiate depending on your student’s ability/age. They include activities for:
- Author’s Purpose
- Relationship Skills
- Character Traits and Analysis
- Comprehension Questions and Writing Prompts
- Inferring and Predicting
- Main Idea and Theme
- Making Connections
- Point of View
- Retelling, Sequencing and Summarizing
*Click on these links to discover book recommendations on these topics.
All Are Welcome Activities & Links
- All Are Welcome Literature Guide
- College of Innovation and Education: All are Welcome
- Welcoming Schools: Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools For All Children & Families
FREE All Are Welcome Graphic Organizers
Would you like free graphic organisers for All Are Welcome?
I have a freebie that is part of a larger resource so you can try it out before buying anything!
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All Are Welcome Read-Aloud Questions
Read aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits and strategies, reading fluency, tone and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.
- How would you describe the students and teachers?
- What character traits did you see in All Are Welcome?
- How does Alexandra Penfold make it clear the characters feel welcome and our welcoming?
- How can we make our classroom/community welcome to visitors and new students?
- Have you ever felt unwelcome? How did you feel? Did that experience change how you make other people feel welcome?
- What do you do when someone brings in food that is unfamiliar to you?
- What connections can you make to how the characters say hello and goodbye, and their different routines, faiths and food?
- Describe how our differences make our classroom community interesting and strong?
- Describe the actions involved in including or excluding someone. What are the differences?
- What did you learn from All Are Welcome that you can use to help others feel welcome?
You can find a full set of discussion cards in the All Are Welcome Literacy Bundle or as a separate pack.
All Are Welcome Book Videos
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