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]
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.
Red: A Crayon's Story provides a wonderful opportunity to discuss appearance based stereotypes – gender, ability, race. Each student will create a crayon about themselves that explores their inner identities. [K - 2]
After reading Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers, students write short poems, modeled after the ideas in the book. This is a great activity to help educators and students to get to know each other better. [3 - 5]
Find a fun way to talk about gender stereotypes and discrimination with activities paired with children's books. [K - 2]
The book, Introducing Teddy and several fun activities help students understand concepts of gender identity and how to be a kind friend. [K - 2]
While in the subway with his abuela, Julián sees three women spectacularly dressed up and wants to dress up just like them. But what will his abuela think? A story about the power of being seen and affirmed. [K - 3]
Students will write persuasive essays after examining and gathering data on gender marketing by toy manufacturers. Students will cultivate media literacy skills to understand how media messaging shapes our culture around gender norms. [3 - 5]
Children Just Like Me helps students understand that gender expression can vary personally, culturally and globally. [K - 2]
Through the story of Jacob, students discuss gender expression and mean teasing based on gender. [1 - 2]
Reach beyond the usual biographies. Find strong women, creative men, and other successful people of all genders to inspire your students. [K - 6]
Inclusive pronouns are learned alongside the alphabet. Shows that including everyone is all part of the dance. Meet 26 kids showing us their dance moves. “No one left out and everyone free.” [Pre-K - K]
With a quick look at magazines, catalogs or TV, students can see many gender stereotypes. Use the log sheet to record findings, tally results and spark discussions. [3 - 6]
Students will work in teams to design a toy store that issorted by categories other than gender using the students favorite toys. This activity provides many teachable moments to talk about gender norms and gender stereotypes. [1 - 3]
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Women of Color: The Stonewall Inn and the Modern LGBTQ Movement
This lesson highlights four transgender and gender non-conforming women of color – Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major and Stormé DeLarverie and their role in transgender and LGBTQ history. [5 - 8]
They, She, He, Me Free To Be! is a short diverse book about pronouns and gender expression. Student can also create an artistic pronoun to display in your classroom. [2 - 5]
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]
Backwards Day is an engaging children’s book that features a transgender character named Andy. It is fun to notice interesting details in the book with your students such as how the pages are numbered backwards while learing about what it can mean to be transgender, non-binary or gender expansive.[2 - 5]
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.
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.