Bias Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Help students understand and become more aware of the sensitive subject of bias with some guidance from this lesson plan. After reading a text lesson on bias students will examine, discuss, and challenge biases through active learning.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'bias'
  • identify types of bias in others and self
  • examine personal biases and challenge their validity
  • brainstorm ways to become more aware of biases


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Bias Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples, one for each student
  • Magazines that contain images representing people of different races, genders, and socioeconomic statuses
  • Props such as wigs, lab coats, glasses, etc.

Key Vocabulary

  • Bias
  • Gender
  • Prejudice

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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