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.

What Is A Family?

This introductory lesson uses children’s own experiences and questions. You can use the lesson with any number of books featuring diverse families. [K – 2] 


Love Makes a Family

Create a Love Makes A Family classroom or schoolwide display with unique family drawings from each student. This activity helps students see that the common bond that holds all kinds of families and caring communities together is love.  [K – 5] 


The Great Big Book of Families: Discussion Guide

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] 


A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo: Embracing Family Diversity

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] 


Tree of Caring: Roots and Wings

Find great alternatives to the traditional family tree. Welcome all students and their families. Be inclusive of LGBTQ, adoptive, foster, step, and multi-generational families. [1 – 3] 


Our Family: A Film About Family Diversity

The short video Our Family showcases students in grades K-5 and their diverse families sharing about what family means to them, moments of struggle and above all expressing love for one another. [3 – 5]