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]


Lesson Prompt: Sam Is My Sister

Based on one family’s real-life experiences, this heartwarming story of a girl named Sam and the brothers who love and support her will resonate with readers everywhere.

This lesson prompt features discussion questions and activities to engage students in conversations around gender in an age appropriate way.


Lesson Prompt: Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope

Jodie Patterson shares her son Penelope's frustrations and triumphs on his journey to share himself with the world. Penelope's experiences show children that it always makes you stronger when you are true to yourself and who you really are.

This lesson prompt includes questions and activities to help students learn about gender identity, gender expression and the importance of addressing people by the name and pronouns they want to be called.