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Help young scholars 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.
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.
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. In this opinions instructional activity, students explore their feelings about the opinions they express.
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.
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.
Students 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.
Students plan a service project for students in their community, celebrating respect through understanding diversity, selflessness and cooperation.
Second graders conduct a class census to measure diversity.
Learners 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 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.
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.
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 plan.
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.
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.
Pupils examine how people grow and mature at different rates. They create a graph and a timeline to organize the data they collect.
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.
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.

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