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Elementary activities


Middle school activities


Diversity Activities

for High School



Barriers to Education in a U.S. High School

Students will ask the question, is the right to an education extended to all U.S. students? They will build an understanding of the barriers to education faced by their classmates. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


Barriers to the Right to Housing

In this lesson, students will use a crossword activity to better understand what defines adequate housing and the government's obligations in ensuring that right for all its people. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


Barriers to the Right to Food in the U.S.

Students will be challenged to critically examine the relationship between human rights and hunger. Through a role play, students will learn about the barriers that many low-income families in the United States face when trying to feed themselves and their families. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


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)


Charity and Justice: What's the Difference?

This lesson has students distinguish between charity (volunteering in a soup kitchen) and justice (working to end the inequalities that make soup kitchens necessary). It asks students to think about root causes (inequality) versus symptoms (poverty that leads to the need for soup kitchens). (from Teaching Tolerance)


Cinderella Folk Tales

This lesson plan compares the plot and setting characteristics of several versions of the Cinderella tale to teach students about universal and culturally specific literary elements. (from EDSITEment)


Circles of My Multicultural Self

The Circles activity engages participants in a process of identifying what they consider to be the most important dimensions of their own identity, concurrently developing a deeper understanding of stereotypes as participants share stories about when they were proud to be part of a particular group and when it was especially hurtful to be associated with a particular group. (from the Multicultural Pavilion)


Current Issues of Immigration

Six lesson plans, carefully balanced to present all sides of controversial issues. (from the Constitutional Rights Foundation)


Death Penalty Curriculum Guide

Provides an overview of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a factual analysis of the death penalty, and a discussion of the human rights issues surrounding the death penalty and the criminal justice system in general. Grades 8-12 (from Amnesty International)


The Depth and Breadth of "Multicultural"

The Depth and Breadth of "Multicultural" is designed to engage students in a process of defining "culture" and examining its complexity. Often, especially in a class about multiculturalism or diversity, "culture" becomes synonymous with "race" or "ethnicity." This activity reveals the limitations of such a conceptualization and challenges the assumptions that are often made by educators about what students identify as the important strands of the "cultural" in "multicultural." (from the Multicultural Pavilion)


Equal Access to Health Care in the United States

This lesson helps students understand why it is important for everyone to have access to quality health care. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


Examining Identity and Assimilation

Students think about aspects of their own identity they may have felt they had to hide and apply what they learn on a broader scale. (from Teaching Tolerance)


Explore African Culture

This lesson plan encourages students to explore oral traditions in Africa. Includes interviewing and storytelling. (from PBS)


Exploring Language: Definitions Activity

Considers language as a vital aspect of multicultural education and awareness. Participants discuss how they define words such as prejudice, discrimination, racism, sexism, classism and homophobia. Issues of power and institutional discrimination emerge. (from the Multicultural Pavilion)


Fables & Trickster Tales around the World

The following lesson introduces children to folk tales through a literary approach that emphasizes genre categories and definitions. In this unit, students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions and will see how stories change when transferred orally between generations and cultures. (from EDSITEment)


Family & Friendship in Quilts

The lessons in this unit are designed to help your students recognize how people of different cultures and time periods have used cloth-based art forms to pass down their traditions and history. (from EDSITEment)


Fighting Hunger

This lesson encourages students to investigate domestic hunger in the United States as well as in their own communities and offers resources to support youth in the fight against hunger. (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)


Great Immigrants

Students "interview" famous immigrants from American history and present oral and written reports. (from SuccessLink)


The History of Other Hate Symbols

Recent incidents with nooses displayed on school campuses raise questions about the symbols of hate and prejudice. This project gives students an opportunity to learn some answers. (from Teaching Tolerance)


Human Rights Lesson Plans

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


Incorporating Culture/Heritage in Mathematics

Mathematics lesson plan format which incorporates the contributions of a vast diversity of cultures and people into regular mathematics instruction. Includes examples such as Viking navigation, astronomy, athletes, Egyptian pyramids. (from Learning Point Associates)


Kansas City Graffiti

This lesson is a study in cultural diversity and community awareness -- illustration, mural art. (from SuccessLink)


Learning Social Roles: Boy/Girl

Participants write and share short pieces about how their gender identities were affected through childhood messages about what it meant to be a boy or a girl. This activity maintains a focus on talking about issues from one's own experience instead of their perceptions of the experiences of "those people." (Adaptible for race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, religion, and other identifiers.) (from the Multicultural Pavilion)


Mexican American Labor in the United States

This lesson encourages students to explore policies and attitudes about Mexican and Mexican American laborers in the U.S. and develop informed personal perspectives of the United States-Mexico border and undocumented Mexican immigrants. (from Teaching Tolerance)


Multicultural Awareness Quiz

Critical thinking about all media and information is an essential aspect of multicultural learning. Test your and your students' or participants' understanding of race, gender, and socioeconomic class with this activity, leading seamlessly into a dialogue on stereotypes, misinformation, and prejudices and how they inform teaching and learning. (from the Multicultural Pavilion)


Music for Justice

An activity exploring music with justice and inclusion themes. (from Teaching Tolerance)


The New Americans

A site that addresses both historical and contemporary immigration issues in the United States, this interactive Web site/online learning adventure engages users in the immigrant experience in a way that builds empathy and understanding for the subjects of the documentary and countless other newcomers to America. (from PBS)


The Numbers behind Poverty

Students study the mathematical realities of living in poverty in the U.S. (from Teaching Tolerance)


Paying with their Health

Unwilling or unable to complain about working conditions, immigrants routinely suffer chronic problems brought about by pesticide use, harsh weather and the lack of proper equipment. Using primary sources, students will learn more about these conditions. (from Teaching Tolerance)


The People Behind the Statistics

This lesson aims to put a human face on violations of economic and social human rights in the U.S. by focusing on the issues of education, hunger, housing, and health. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


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)


A Question of Class

A media journal project exposes classism in contemporary politics. (from Teaching Tolerance)


Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This lesson teaches students about the accessibility barriers faced by persons with disabilities. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


Sharing Stories: Prejudice Activity

This activity helps individuals explore how they first became concious of prejudice and discrimination and the feelings associated with it and makes participants aware that everyone has experienced prejudice and discrimination and that it comes in a variety of forms (not just racial). (from the Multicultural Pavilion)


Then and Now: Tolerance as a Casualty of War

This activity helps students understand the injustice and dangers of scapegoating an entire group of people during a national crisis. (from Teaching Tolerance)


Understanding Modern Day Slavery

This lesson introduces students to modern-day forms of slavery and human trafficking in the United States. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


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)


What is the (No) Establishment Clause?

Lesson plan explores the separation of church and state. Resources, discussion questions, essay ideas, and more. (from the First Amendment Center)


What's Your FRAME?

This activity encourages students to reflect on their individual cultures, histories, and values in order to enlarge their perspective and recognize diversity of belief and background. (from Teaching Tolerance)


Whites, Blacks, and the Blues

By thinking about the intersections of whites, blacks, and others around the blues, students will deepen their understanding of discrimination and prejudice. They will also come to understand the ways in which music can, or cannot, create opportunities for people of different cultures, and with varying degrees of power, to relate to one another and find common ground. (from PBS)


Women's Rights in the United States: Obstacles and Opportunities

Students will learn about the history of women's rights, critically examine what obstacles women in the U.S. still face today, and discuss ways to address these barriers. (from Advocates for Human Rights)


You are Free to Exercise

Lesson plan encourages critical thinking about the first amendment and the free practice of religion. Are there limits to free exercise? Resources, discussion questions, activities, essay ideas, and more. (From the First Amendment Center)