This is a great elementary lesson to get started on gender identity and pronouns. It is a safe exploration for students and teachers to start the conversation using a common elementary book.
English Language Arts
Introduction of differences -- read Red: A Crayon`s Story
Develop knowledge of gender specific vocabulary words -- What is a Pronoun: he, she, him, her, they. What is appropriate and inappropriate language may be introduced here depending on grade level.
Connect and engage with others
Encourage and develop respectful behaviour
Encourage and develop critical thinking skills
Encourage and develop empathy, build compassion and promote understanding
Encourage and develop a classroom and school climate designed to build leadership
Encourage and develop Ally behaviour
Encourage and develop opportunities for all students to gain a more complex and authentic understanding of the world around them.
Positive and Personal Cultural Identity:
Encourage and develop awareness of gender identity
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Children love performing and watching themselves on film. This lesson uses scenario planning, acting, filming and analyzing to practice solving problems peacefully in ways that are relevant and personalized for students. It can be adapted to any age level simply by adjusting the depth of dialogue and complexity of conflict situations. The process helps students develop empathy by providing them with an opportunity to think and apply their knowledge and experience to conflict and problem solving skits. Research shows that empathy is positively linked to peaceful conflict resolution and both predicts successful conflict management as well as reduces the likelihood of getting involved in conflict in the first place.
Students will be able to: identify what getting along looks, sounds and feels like, identify peaceful choices in common school/classroom problems, practice working through "school or classroom conflicts" faced at school, reflect on the cause of the "problem" or conflict, the feelings that exist during conflict and the potential actions to solve them peacefully.