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After this lesson, students will be able to:
- define 'stereotypes'
- identify and name stereotypes
- explain the problems with stereotypes
1 - 1.5 hours
- Copies of the lesson Stereotypes Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples, one for each student
- Chart paper
- Large trash bag
- Blank sentence strips about 2 x 3 inches each
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
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.
- Distribute the lesson Stereotypes Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples and read the first section 'Definition of Stereotypes' with students.
- Define stereotypes and ask:
- Are the things we have listed about men and women stereotypes? Why or why not?
- Have students go through each item on their lists and remove those that are considered stereotypes. What's left? Why did they remove the ones they did?
- Next read 'Problems with Stereotypes' together and have students look at the items they removed from their lists. Why are these ideas problematic?
- Read 'Other Examples of Stereotypes' together and discuss each.
- Now give groups ten minutes to brainstorm more stereotypes together, listing on their chart paper.
- Share as a whole group and list on the board. Ask:
- What makes each of these a stereotype?
- Are these stereotypes problematic? Why or why not?
- Give each student a blank sentence strip and have them choose one stereotype to write.
- Bring out the balloons and call students to the front of the room one at a time. Read the stereotype together and have students determine if the stereotype is true.
- If the stereotype is not true, tell the student to pop a balloon and take out the blank strip of paper.
- Ask students to think of a new idea that is more true. For example, if the statement is 'Women aren't as strong as men,' a new, true statement may be 'Some women are stronger than men.'
- Repeat until all stereotypes have been rewritten, then read the 'Lesson Summary' together.
- Take the quiz.
- Students will now reflect on stereotypes and the role they play in their own lives.
- Before this activity, remind students of expected behavior and kindness expectations.
- Ask students to think of a time they were stereotyped. Consider sharing a personal experience as an example, such as the time you weren't chosen for a sports team because you were short.
- Share how it felt to have this experience, then draw two sketches of yourself on the board, one as those who stereotyped you saw you and one as you actually are.
- Give students paper and allow them to reflect, then begin working.
- When finished, divide students into small groups and have them share their stories.
- After sharing, have students reflect on the experience, sharing what they learned and how this new understanding will impact how they treat others in the future.
- Explore stereotyping through literature, noticing and noting when characters experience stereotyping.
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