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Respecting Nonreligious People
Help students understand what an atheist is and why it is important or respect their beliefs. Using this non believers lesson, students will learn about people who hold different beliefs are discriminated against by others. They will participate in grade appropriate projects to build respect for individual opinions about religion and non- believers.
Diversity in a Classroom
Students interview fellow classmates and create a bar-graph illustrating the unique diversity within a classroom. In this diversity lesson, students will explore unique differences and how they make the world a more interesting place to live in. Each student will eventually pick one characteristic trait and present a bar graph on his/her findings.
Fifth graders brainstorm what a relationship looks like in which both people respect each other. After completing a worksheet, they discuss the importance of respecting other beliefs. To end the lesson, they identify things they can do to respect others.
Is There a Stone in My Soup?
Students understand that people treat people differently sometimes because they are different.In this mutual respect and instructional activity, students discuss the need for positive change and how they can be a part of that. Students survey others, find rules applying to the behaviors in question and plan an event to improve relationships.
Students create and perform everyday scenes which portray peer rejection. They determine alternative positive outcomes based on respect, tolerance, and kindness.
Students move around the room to express opinions on specific questions. For this opinions lesson, students explore their feelings about the opinions they express.
The Quebec Act: Diverse Points of View
Eighth graders study the enactment of the Quebec Act of 1774. They review the events that occurred prior to the Quebec Act between the French, British and native relations. They create a chart to identify the conditions of the Proclamation Act, suggest alternative actions and speculate on the consequences of the Act.
Differences Make Us Special
Learners explore the similarities and differences among their classmates. They are introduced to the Civil Rights Movement-that all people be treated equally and fairly. Students discuss the importance of appreciating individual differences.
Celebrating Our Nation's Diversity
Second graders conduct a class census to measure diversity.
Differences Make Us Special
Students observe the similarities and differences that exist among their classmates as a preparation for the introduction to the Civil Rights Movement and the necessity of the equal treatment of all people.
Differences Make Us Special
Students investigate diversity among their classmates by exploring the Civil Rights Movement. In this equality lesson, students create a T Chart listing similarities and differences in their classmates. Students read a book about the great Rosa Parks and celebrate the unique attributes in everyone.
Looking at Prejudice from Differing Viewpoints
Bias and prejudice are everywhere in the world today. Help your students become critical readers, writers, and members of society with this lesson, which takes them through the different perspectives of prejudice and biased writing. Sources for the biased writing can be from the news, and students determine the writer's intent based on a few loaded terms.
LESSON 6: Is There a Stone in My Soup? (K-2)
Young scholars plan a service project for students in their community, celebrating respect through understanding diversity, selflessness and cooperation.
Understanding the Aboriginal Experience
Pupils gain awareness of Aboriginal people's history and culture. In this diversity lesson, students watch the film Rabbit-Proof Fence and compare and contrast the Aboriginal people's experiences with those of Native Americans. They work in cooperative groups to analyze the film and the experiences of the two groups of people.
Cotton Mills from Differing Perspectives: Critically Analyzing Primary Documents
The working conditions in the cotton mills at the turn of the 20th century are the focus of a series of activities that ask learners to examine primary source documents written from different perspectives. In the first activity, groups study a pamphlet published by the National Child Labor Committee. The included photographs document the use of children as young as eight years of age and reveal the conditions in the mills. For the second activity, groups look at a weekly newsletter published by the mill owners. Finally, the class listens to oral histories narrated by mill workers. After a whole class discussion, individuals craft a critical analysis of the documents, identifying the intended audience, the author’s purpose and the central arguments of each document. The activities would fit nicely into a study of the Industrial Revolution and the development of labor laws.
Developing a Sense of Pride in Oneself and Respecting the Similarities and Differences of Others
Students discuss respect for the traditions of all Canadian families. They prepare presentations for the class based on the traditions of their family. Student displays may include bulletin boards, posters, or oral presentations. Student presentations are scored with the rubric attached to the lesson.
North Versus South Different Villages
Students engage in a statistical analysis of Canada and other various countries. The data is presented to help develop an awareness of how Canada does in comparison to other developing nations. The stats are used to determine social, economic, and political differences.
Students examine their relationships to cultural groups and make conclusions about their diverse roles in different cultures. They decide why people play multiple roles in society while creating a cultural treasure chest.
Myths, Folktales, & Fairy Tales
Srtudents explore the folktale and folklore genres as well as the world of myths. They read myths and folktales to increase knowledge of world cultures and traditions and follow the writing process to create writing in different genres.
Abraham Lincoln Lesson Plans
This article illustrates diverse ways to educate high school students about Lincoln, his struggles and what they mean for us today.