Tolerance Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Getting along with friends and family members requires a certain level of tolerance at times. In this lesson, students will learn how to define the idea of tolerance and share examples of how tolerance is applied in their daily lives.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define tolerance
  • share examples of tolerance


45-50 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.


Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.



  • Begin by introducing the lesson.
    • Ask students to share what they think tolerance means.
    • Read and discuss the introductory paragraph of the lesson.
  • Next, read the first section of the lesson, ''Identifying Differences.''
    • Discuss the question posed in the reading.
    • Allow a brief amount of time for students to share personal experiences.
  • Read the section titled, ''What is Tolerance?'' Discuss:
    • How would you define tolerance?
    • What does the term diverse mean?
    • Why do you think tolerance is so important?
    • What would happen if people were not tolerant of one another and their differences?
    • How would it make you feel if someone was not tolerant of you for some reason?
  • Move into the next section, ''Tolerance Quotes.'' Discuss:
    • What is a quote?
    • What did Maya Angelou have to say about tolerance?
    • What famous quote did Aesop say?
    • What does that quote mean?
    • Who was Anne Frank?
    • What did she have to say about tolerance?
    • Anne Frank had to hide because people were not tolerant of her. How do you think that made her feel?
    • How does it make you feel?
  • Finally, complete the reading with the ''Lesson Summary.'' Discuss:
    • What is tolerance and how can we show it in our everyday lives?
    • What does it mean to be diverse?
    • What is a quote and why did we read about famous quotes on tolerance?
  • Pull the lesson together by answering any questions students might have. Also allow for additional discussion if students have anything they wish to share.
  • Administer the quiz.
  • Check answers as a class.

Group Activity

To reinforce the idea of tolerance, guide students through the following activity.

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