Lesson Plans To Support LGBTQ Inclusive Elementary Schools

Find easy to use lesson plans to 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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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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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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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] 

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A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo: For Every Bunny Who Ever Felt Different

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 topics of love is love, same gender marriage and democracy. [K – 5] 

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