Lesson Plans to Help Students Understand Gender and to Support Transgender and Non-Binary Children

Easy to use lesson plans. Help students understand ways gender stereotyping impacts all children. There are many ways to be a boy, girl, both or neither. Help all of your students understand transgender and non-binary children. 

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

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]


Call Me Tree/Llámame árbol: Exploring a Gender Free Book

Call Me Tree / Llámame árbol is a short book written in verse. It offers an opportunity to build classroom community by giving students a chance to learn about gender via a character in a book who does not use pronouns. There is also a movement break incorporated into this lesson so that children can learn and practice the tree pose in yoga. [K - 2]


Modern Fairy Tales: Writing and Expanding Gender

Compare traditional fairy tales with modern fairy tales to examine ways fairy tales reinforce or disrupt gender stereotypes. Students can then do a quick write or develop a longer story of their own that explores gender. [3 - 5]