The In Or Out Of The Salad puppet skit video sets the tone and content to introduce the concept WE ALL ARE VALUABLE. By discussing the meaning of this principle with students, they will recognize that they are helpful and valuable to their friends and family, that sharing and including others in their games helps others feel valuable, and that even a small thing such as a smile can help others feel included and valuable.

They also will learn to recognize their value even when they feel left out, just like broccoli that doesn’t make it into the salad bowl in the puppet skit video.


Children watch a video skit and, through group discussion, are introduced to what it means to be valuable. Children share experiences of when they have felt valued, along with actions they have taken to show others they are valued.”

Principle Overview

A key belief for building a strong community is that everyone has value regardless of our differences. The fact is what we say and do affect other people, therefore, it is important. When we feel that what we have to offer matters, we feel empowered to carefully use appropriate speech and actions with others.


Goals and Objectives:

  • Use communication and self-awareness skills to Identify a personal achievement or contribution and the feelings associated with it, such as feeling valuable.
  • Discuss the effect one’s actions can have on others, such as being helpful.
  • Preview the puppet skit video, In Or Out Of The Salad to better facilitate class discussion.
  • Invite children to bring a picture of something valuable to them. Allow them to share their picture and explain why it has value to them.
  • Play Lonely Broccoli song/video at the conclusion of the activity.
  • Use Teacher Facilitation Tips found in resource section of this unit to gain additional information and ideas about how to maximize the use of video resource.
The use of Welcoming Words promotes acceptance and support for others. When children know how to respond appropriately in inclusive and exclusive situations by using Welcoming Words, they help others feel they are valued and belong.

  • Ask children to share some Welcoming Words they’ve used with friends.
  • Encourage children to share how they felt when a friend used Welcoming Words to invite them to work or play.
  • Invite children to think about how Welcoming Words could be used in Martin and Sammy’s situations.
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Activity Steps

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    Introduce the concept WE ALL ARE VALUABLE. Discuss how Martin felt in the beginning of the video.

    What happened by the end? How did he feel at the end of the video? What changed?

    Why was the broccoli feeling lonely? What happened?

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    Share Your Story.
    One of the best ways to start this conversation is to share with children a time that you felt left out. Remember a time when you felt left out as a child and share that story with children. Very young children often forget that teachers were kids once, and are amazed to find out that you had problems like theirs, too! This doorway of self-disclosure can open them up to wonderful conversations.

    You can also highlight how you felt accepted and included when someone helped you. Give an example of how you felt valuable when you included and helped someone.

    Use these suggested questions to get the conversation going. You might use only one or two of these questions at a time. Stay with the conversation only as long as you have children’s attention:

    Have you ever felt left out of a game?

    How does it feel when someone tells you that you can’t play?

    Who helped you feel valuable?

    Have you ever helped someone who is lonely or shy? What happened? How did you feel when you helped? Did you feel you did a good and valuable thing?

    What can you do or say if someone is making you feel left out?

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    Continue the discussion by encouraging children to share how they might talk to a friend when they feel left out. Some examples are:

    Tell them how you feel. They may not know you feel left out. If you tell them, they may let you join in.

    Offer to help them do something special in the activity.

    Find someone else to play with today!

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