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Diversity Lesson Plans & Activities

from Around the Web - Elementary

Ability

 

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)

 

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)

 

Cultural Diversity 

 

Multicultural Collage

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

 

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)

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)

Human Rights and Social Justice

Designing a Social Action Project

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

 

Overcoming Discrimination/ Prejudice/Stereotypes

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)

 

Prejudice and Respect

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

 

Race & Ethnicity

Black History Month

Activities and lesson plans for celebrating Black History Month. (collected by TeachPeaceNow.org)