Lesson Plans To Make LGBTQ-Inclusive Elementary Schools

In an LGBTQ-inclusive school, all children and their families are welcome. These easy to use lesson plans help you work with your students to have real conversations to welcome diversity, prevent bias-based bullying, understand gender and support transgender and non-binary students.

All HRC Welcoming Schools lessons are aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Words That Hurt And Words That Heal

Using the book, One, talk with students about bullying and standing up for each other. (Other books can be used with this lesson as well.) This lesson is featured in the HRC Welcoming Schools film, What Can You Do? Bias, Bullying, & Bystanders[K – 4]

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What is a Family?

This introductory lesson uses children’s own experiences and questions. Use it with any number of books featuring diverse families. Help students and their families feel welcome in your school while helping students understand family diversity.  [K – 3]

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Making Decisions: Ally or Bystander

Help your students think through what they can do if they see bullying and how they can respond to LGBTQ, racial or religous slurs. This lesson is featured in the HRC Welcoming Schools film, What Can You Do? Bias, Bullying, & Bystanders. [4 – 8]

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Name-Calling and Feeling Safe in School

Talk directly with your students about where they feel safe in your school, where they don’t and why. This lesson is featured in the HRC Welcoming Schools film, What Can You Do? Bias, Bullying, & Bystanders. [3 – 6]

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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 your students' families and highlighting diversity for all students. LGBTQ-inclusive, multi-racial families, economic diversity. [K – 2] 

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