Stereotypes Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Teach your students what stereotypes are with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains the topic, then get moving with activities to make learning last.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'stereotypes'
  • identify and name stereotypes
  • explain the problems with stereotypes


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Stereotype

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.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize 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.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Prepare for the lesson by cutting paper strips, then blowing up about 20 balloons. Insert paper strips inside balloons and tie, then place inside a trash bag and store out of site.
  • Hang five or six pieces of chart paper around the room and place markers near each.
  • Start the lesson by telling students you're going to say two words and you want them to write down everything they can think of about these words in two minutes.
  • Say 'Men' first, then begin timing as students write down what they brainstorm about men.
  • Next say 'Women' and repeat the process.
  • Divide students into five or six groups and send each to a piece of chart paper.
  • Have them write the words 'Men' and 'Women' on the paper and share their answers, listing under each category.
  • When finished, ask groups to share their lists and discuss:
    • What ideas do we have about men?
    • What ideas do we have about women?
    • Are these ideas true for ALL men and women?
    • Where did you learn these ideas about men and women?
  • Tell students they will be learning about stereotypes and share prior understanding on the topic.

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