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LESSON

What is Empathy?

This lesson explicitly teaches students to be more conscious of other people’s feelings to create a more accepting and respectful school community.
Grade Level
K-2
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Advertisements of Our Own

This is the thirteenth, and final, lesson in the Reading Ads with a Social Justice Lens series. This lesson gives students a chance to reflect on what they have learned. By working collaboratively to create their own advertisements, children will not only synthesize their understanding of the topics, but also show that they are thinkers as well as activists.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Economics
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

The Only Boy in the Ballet Class

To teach about the importance of kindness, I first choose a story in which children are putting down others— for example, The Only Boy in the Ballet Class, by Denise Gruska, or Oliver Button is a Sissy, by Tomie dePaola.
Grade Level
K-2
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Many Shapes and Sizes

In this lesson, students will hear a story about a small town and five friends who have different shapes, sizes, colors, and talents and will make body tracings that illustrate their unique shape and size. This lesson is designed to help children celebrate their differences, sizes, and body types. Children will recognize that people vary in many ways and those differences make all of us individuals.
Grade Level
K-2
Subject
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Allies: A Discussion Activity

Educator and author Mara Sapon-Shevin offers strategies and ideas to help students become allies -- people who stand with or for others.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Friendship Without Barriers

This lesson lets students examine what it means to be a friend and explore ways in which people can make friends. The lesson explores stories that tell of building barriers between groups, such as the story presented in Spanish and English, "Papalotzin and the Monarchs/Papalotzin y las monarcas" and/or the folk tale "Old Joe and the Carpenter." You may adapt this lesson to discuss anti-bullying messages.
Grade Level
K-2
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
SEL
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain