Lesson Plans To Support 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.

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] 

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Be Who You Are with the book by Todd Parr

Be Who You Are by Todd Parr reminds kids that their unique traits are what make them so special. After reading, students will create a detailed drawing of themselves.  This book and activity can provide an opportunity to discuss unique identities and gender expression with students. [K - 2]

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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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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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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] 

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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] 

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