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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.
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.
Learners discuss topics of prejudice and diversity. In this respect instructional activity, students share their likes and dislikes with one another and discuss them, as a class. Learners share examples from their lives of prejudice and unfair treatment of others. Activities are provided for multiple age learners.
Students move around the room to express opinions on specific questions. In this opinions lesson, students explore their feelings about the opinions they express.
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.
Students understand that people treat people differently sometimes because they are different.In this mutual respect and lesson, 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.
Young scholars 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.
Second graders conduct a class census to measure diversity.
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.
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.
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 activity.
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.
Seventh graders work in small groups and imagine they are on a field trip-and their plane crashes. No one is hurt, but students need to brainstorm resources they would need to survive. Each group develops a chart to record the differences between the groups.
Students learn the value of respect. In this Clifford the Big Red Dog lesson plan, students read the story, discuss respect, and experience a mini-international festival.
Students create and perform everyday scenes which portray peer rejection. They determine alternative positive outcomes based on respect, tolerance, and kindness.
Students determine characteristics that make each of them special. In this personal characteristics lesson plan, students complete activities that help them determine that each person has special characteristics and that everyone experiences love. They examine M&M candies which are all different colors on the outside but similar on the inside to learn this concept.
Seventh graders discuss term prejudice, reflect on personal prejudices, get better acquainted with their peers through show-and-tell in order to appreciate and show respect for diversity that exists within classroom and school, and identify strengths, talents, and qualities unique to each person by creating posters.
Students look at situations where people's rights have been infringed. They stimulate thought and action regarding use of our resources and respecting diversity. They respect those who have different beliefs/customs and appreciate that others' religious convictions are often deeply felt.
Seventh graders, while brainstorming, compare/contrast statistics about different countries concerning population growth and religion. They assess a variety of media to include in their statistics. In the end, their studies guide them to appreciate the contributions and respect diversity that all countries make to the world daily.
Students examine how diversity within populations has caused problems. In groups, they develop their own definitions of racism and discrimination. They participate in role-plays in which they gather the appropriate techniques to deal with racist situations in school. To end the lesson, they examine the factors that one can use to reduce racism and how to eliminate barriers of discrimination and rasicm.

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