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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.”

25 LESSONS

Cultural Relevancy in the Cafeteria

This lesson seeks to open students’ eyes to the variety of experiences that they and their classmates have at lunchtime. Students learn about the dietary guidelines of various ethnic and religious groups and then analyze their cafeteria's food offerings.
Grade Level
3-5
6-8
9-12
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Religion
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
Justice

Engaging and Understanding Nonreligious People

In this lesson, students learn about episodes of anti-atheist discrimination; and they develop ways to educate others about respecting nonreligious, as well as religious, diversity.
Grade Level
9-12
Topic
Religion
Social Justice Domain
Justice

Respecting Atheists and Nonreligious People

In this lesson, students learn about episodes of anti-atheist discrimination; and they develop ways to educate others about respecting nonreligious, as well as religious, diversity.
Grade Level
6-8
Topic
Religion
Social Justice Domain
Justice

What is an Atheist?

In this lesson, students learn about episodes of anti-atheist discrimination; and they develop ways to educate others about respecting nonreligious, as well as religious, diversity.
Grade Level
3-5
Topic
Religion
Social Justice Domain
Justice

Understanding Religious Clothing

In this lesson, students will explore how articles of clothing are linked to different religions.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Topic
Religion
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Justice

Common Religious Clothing

In this lesson, students will explore how articles of clothing are linked to different religions.
Grade Level
3-5
Topic
Religion
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Justice

Analyzing the School Holiday Calendar

These activities ask students to engage with the question of what an equitable school calendar looks like and how to make their own school calendar more inclusive.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Topic
Religion
Immigration
Rights & Activism
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Justice
Action

Are School Calendars Equitable?

This lesson explores the debate about whether public schools, which typically close on major Christian and Jewish holidays, should also shutter for important celebrations in other faiths.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Topic
Religion
Rights & Activism
Social Justice Domain
Identity
Diversity
Justice
Action