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Diversity Lesson Plans

for Elementary School



All About Me

Students will learn about the value of diversity and respect for others. Grades K-2. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


Arthur's Communication Adventure

The goal of this guide is to help children who are hearing and sighted become more aware of ways that children who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard-of-hearing learn, play, and enjoy the same things they do. The curriculum was developed especially for students in grades 2-3, but activities can easily be adapted for younger or older audiences. (from PBS)


Arthur's World Neighborhood

These activities, resources, and tips will help kids explore cultural diversity within their own community and around the world. The curriculum was developed especially for students in grades 2-3, but activities can easily be adapted for younger or older audiences. (from PBS)


Beyond Pink and Blue: The Impact of Gender Stereotypes

Students will learn about how gender stereotypes affect them and explore how gender is portrayed in the media. Grades 3-7. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


Black History Month

Activities and lesson plans for celebrating Black History Month.

(collected by TeachPeaceNow.org)


Bringing Sight to the Sightless

Remembering the contributions of Louis Braille. One teacher combined children's literature, class discussions and a visit from a blind educator to break down stereotypes and fears about people with sensory disabilities. (from Teaching Tolerance)


Challenge the Media

A fun group activity that can be done with youth and adults of any age that empowers participants to identify gender stereotypes in the media and examine their effects. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


Children Around the World

Students discover that the privileges and responsibilities of childhood differ by culture. (From Discovery Education)


Designing a Social Action Project

Guidelines for getting young students involved in making change in their world. (from TeachPeaceNow.org)


Developing a Respect for Diversity

Students will interview their fellow classmates on a given point and use the information to make a bar graph to illustrate the differences within the classroom in order to develop an understanding of and respect for diversity. (from SuccessLink)


Disability Awareness: We're in it Together

Differently-abled students put on a play and learn about acceptance. (from Teaching Tolerance)


Fighting Prejudice and Discrimination Against People with Learning Disabilities

In these lessons, students will work toward understanding what it means to have a learning disability. The goal is make them aware of prejudice and discrimination aimed at those with learning disabilities. (from Teaching Tolerance)


Human Rights Lesson Plans

Activities and lesson plans on human rights, advocacy, and activism. (from Peace Child International)


Learning About Human Migration from Butterflies

Students learn about human migration through a comparison with butterfly migration. Grades K-2. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


Learning to Respect Each Other

A lesson on Martin Luther King, Jr., and the history of discrimination in the U.S.


Making a Native American Board Game

Students design their own Native American Board Game and discover how games reflect a culture's beliefs, priorities, and everyday life. . (from Discovery Education)


Multicultural Collage

In this art lesson, students create a collage that represents the different types of people found in North America. (from Alfy)


Musical Chairs Human Rights Essay

Students will use pictures depicting human rights topics to create original stories and critically analyze how each story connects to different articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Grades 3-5. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


Native American Cultures Across the U.S.

This lesson discusses the differences between common representations of Native Americans within the U.S. and a more differentiated view of historical and contemporary cultures of five American Indian tribes living in different geographical areas. Students will learn about customs and traditions such as housing, agriculture, and ceremonial dress for the Tlingit, Dinè, Lakota, Muscogee, and Iroquois peoples. (from EDSITEment)


Native American Diversity: Not 'Indians,' Many Tribes

Students study the interaction between environment and culture as they learn about three vastly different Native groups in a game-like activity that uses vintage photographs, traditional stories, photos of artifacts, and recipes. (from EDSITEment)


Peace Calendar

Students create calendars marking special days that celebrate peace and illustrate them with ways to apply peace in their own lives. (from TeachPeaceNow.org)


Peace Doves

Students brainstorm ways to bring about peace and create peace doves to remind them of their ideas. (from TeachPeaceNow.org)


Perspectives for a Diverse America

Literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice content with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. Addresses a full range of topics for every grade level. (from Teaching Tolerance)


Prejudice and Respect

Discussion questions, writing assignments, and student activities for character education and life skills pertaining to prejudice. (from Good Character)


Preschool/Early Elementary Multicultural Lesson Plans

Website with 20 different multicultural activities for preschoolers and early elementary. Projects include passports, singing, fingerplays, making musical instruments, games etc. (from Gayle's Preschool Rainbow)


Voices of Iraqi refugees

Students learn to make a connection between themselves and Iraqi refugee children and learn how to welcome refugees into their classrooms and schools.  (from Advocates for Human Rights)


Families All Matter

This curriculum from AMAZE uses children's literature to address themes such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomics, aging, adoption, immigration, gay and lesbian family members, divorce/break-ups, religion, aging, and disability.