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Lessons

These robust, ready-to-use classroom lessons offer breadth and depth, spanning essential social justice topics and reinforcing critical social emotional learning skills.

“Teaching Tolerance provides me with the means to promote social justice, challenge bias, and engage students in discussions about diversity that would perhaps not happen otherwise.”

106 LESSONS

Advertisements and You

This lesson starts by showing children some of the kinds of advertisements they might run into online and helping them analyze these ads with a critical eye.
Grade Level
K-2
Subject
Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
Justice

Part of a Community Online

This lesson focuses on helping young children learn to participate in different kinds of digital communities. Students will solidify and work on what they know about being part of any community.
Grade Level
K-2
Subject
Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
Justice

Choosing Reliable Sources

This lesson, part of the Digital Literacy series, addresses the importance of locating and verifying reliable sources when working with online information. This lesson is aimed at a young audience and operates on the assumption that many students in the class are not yet reading and writing independently.
Grade Level
K-2
Subject
Digital Literacy
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Action

Analyzing Gender Stereotypes in Media

This lesson helps students analyze and critique messages about gender that they get from various media. Students will focus on toys and toy advertisements, challenging themselves to think past what advertisements tell them about their gender identity.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Bullying & Bias
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
Justice

Exploring Gender Stereotypes Through Role Plays

This lesson offers role plays and essential questions to guide students as they participate. Children have a chance to use creative, dramatic expression to consider not only the roots of gender stereotypes, but also their consequences and strategies for counteracting them.
Grade Level
K-2
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Social Justice Domain
Action

Wants Versus Needs

In this lesson students explore why they want the things they want, how it feels not to have everything they want, and how to appreciate non-material possessions that can make us rich in deeper ways.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
Justice

What is Community?

In this lesson students will identify people and places that make their own neighborhoods special. Extension activities explore science elements raised in the story.
Grade Level
K-2
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
ELL / ESL
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity

What is a Disability?

This lesson helps students increase knowledge about people with disabilities and explore ways to sensitively communicate with people with disabilities.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Topic
Ability
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
Diversity