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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.”

498 LESSONS

'Mathematics for Our Past'

Our students come from upper-middle-class homes and live in a sheltered suburban community with little exposure to anyone significantly different than themselves. Teaching tolerance is difficult when they have few experiences with diversity. This project introduces students to a diverse group of people who experienced intolerance.
Grade Level
3-5
6-8
Topic
Class
Subject
History
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain
Justice

The Children's March: Viewing the Film

This activity is designed for use with our free curriculum kit, Mighty Times: The Children's March, designed for the middle and upper grades.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
Action

Strong Women and Gentle Men

The nonviolent Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s included a good mixture of young people, both boys and girls. They worked bravely in the face of a fierce unwillingness by other citizens to granting basic rights to all people. This lesson explores what gave those boys and girls the power to stand up for what was right; how they reacted to the messages they were getting from society; and what today’s students can learn from those experiences.As part of this discussion, students will draw parallels between today’s gender issues and the Civil Rights movement. They will review popular magazines and look at how the media portray girls and boys differently. Afterwards, they will create a found poem to express their views. This activity shows the importance of strong women and gentle men through the screening of "The Children's March," a film about the role of young people in the Civil Rights movement. Teachers receive the film for free; get the details and download the Teachers’ Guide here.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Topic
Gender & Sexual Identity
Rights & Activism
Subject
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
Justice

Rethinking 'Discovery'

Morning Girl looks at the themes of exploration and "discovery" from another perspective.
Grade Level
3-5
Topic
Race & Ethnicity
Social Justice Domain
Justice

Singing for Peace

Teacher/musician uses music to help students deal with images of war.
Grade Level
3-5
Social Justice Domain
Diversity

From Chaos to Community

Teacher uses student suggestions to create ideal classroom environment.
Grade Level
6-8
Social Justice Domain
Action

Lessons from Goldilocks

Teach inclusive, respectful behavior using storybooks lessons and art.
Grade Level
K-2
Social Justice Domain
Action