To help younger children think critically about gender roles, gender bias, and how diverse and alike we can be.
Brief description of the issue
A strong endorsement of gender stereotypes is associated with higher school dropout rates, for boys as well as for girls. We learn those stereotypes from a very young age, therefore they have to be broken down even at the elementary level if we want to give students all the chances they need to succeed in school. To do this, concrete activities aiming at deconstructing gender stereotypes can be very helpful and spark interesting discussion with your group.
The Institute for Humane Education put together a short activity (around 30 minutes) to help younger children develop their critical thinking in regard of gender stereotypes, which they’ve already learned well before arriving at school.
To download the lesson plan, click on the link below.
Boys Like Girls Like Kids Like - Lesson Plan
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