Lesson Plans to Embrace Family Diversity
Easy to use lesson plans. Ensure all children feel welcome by seeing families that reflect their lives. Introduce diversity through the simple lens of diverse families.
All HRC Welcoming Schools lessons are aligned with the Common Core Standards.
The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman showcases diverse families and their lives together. It's a great resource for reflecting the diversity of your students' families and highlighting diversity for all students. LGBTQ-inclusive, multi-racial families, economic diversity. [K – 2]
This activity helps children to define their families or caring communities for themselves and share it with their peers, if they choose to, in an environment supported by a caring educator. The lesson also offers an opportunity to build classroom community. [1 – 2]
After reading The Family Book by Todd Parr as a class, each student will create a drawing of their family. This lesson offers an opportunity to build classroom community by giving students a chance to share and learn about each other’s families. [K – 2]
Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence—the Vice President of the United States. Marlon's life is about to change forever when this very special boy bunny falls in love with another boy bunny. With its message of acceptance, this book explores issues of same gender marriage and democracy. [K – 5]
Use this cute story of two male penguins and their baby to discuss family diversity and story structure. [1 – 2]
Students will look at ads to examine if they are inclusive of all types of families, if they contain biases or stereotypes, or if some kinds of families are left out. [3 – 5]
Help students feel pride in their experience and their family background with an art project to help them tell their story. [3 - 5]