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LESSON

Exploring Gender Stereotypes in Stories

This lesson allows children to look at one or more picture books that counter gender stereotypes. After discussion of the book, children will engage in a creative writing activity geared to fostering individual identity and resisting social definitions of what and how a boy or girl “should” be.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

What are Gender Stereotypes?

In this lesson, students will think about characteristics they ascribe to either boys or girls. They will learn about the idea of “stereotypes” and will consider whether gender stereotypes are fair or unfair. They will also discuss how it feels to not conform to socially defined gender norms.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Who, Me? A Scientist?

In this lesson, students get in touch with their “inner scientists,” first by viewing a video of a 4-year-old solving a complex problem and then by working together to explain a discrepant event. Students also consider attributes shared by many scientists: curiosity, perseverance and the ability to problem-solve.
Grade Level
3-5
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Math & Technology
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Gender Separate Dialogue Groups

This lesson helps students to explore various aspects of gender, discussing such questions as these: How do girls and boys see themselves? How might boys and girls be judged or seen by others? What are gender stereotypes? What might gender stereotypes teach kids?
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
SEL
Arts
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain