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The team at Share My Lesson has curated preK-12 race and racism lesson plans, activities and resources to help students and communities critically address these topics. In this collection, you’ll find dozens of rich resources such as:
• Black Lives Matter: From Hashtag to Movement
• When Hate Is in the Headlines: Resources for K-12 Educators
• Racial Profiling and the Dangers of Stereotyping
Digging Deeper: Racism Lesson Plans and Historical Thinking
The 1619 Project is an ongoing project developed with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia.
Learn more about the 1619 Curriculum here and find reading guides, activities, and other resources to engage your classroom.
EARLY CHILDHOOD & ELEMENTARY RESOURCES
Lesson based on the book One by Kathryn Otoshi PK-1ST. A read aloud is to show children that sometimes bullying can occur because someone feels isolated, and we can in fact come together and find common ground as long as we stand up for each other, and stand together.
My Family Rocks! PK-2ND. Students explore the definition of family, learn about different kinds of family structures and explore what makes their own family unique.
Introduction of Transgender and Nonbinary Identities with I Am Jazz PK-2ND. Students will be able to define the words “transgender” and “nonbinary” and give examples of ways to support people of all gender identities.
Why Frogs and Snakes Never Play Together PK-5TH. Students will read, act out, hear a reading, or watch a performance of a play that addresses the important topic of diversity and will spark a discussion about the topic of prejudice.
Lesson based on the book Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott PK-4TH. Discussion questions and class project to accompany Milo’s Museum.
Lesson based on the book Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton K-2ND. Designed to help students make a personal connection to the civil rights movement. The use of food in the story helps students to identify with the civil rights activists, unified by a common goal and engaging in the common practice of fellowship over a meal.
Exploring Gender Stereotypes w/ Role Plays K-2ND. Children will use creative, dramatic expression to consider not only the roots of gender stereotypes, but also their consequences and strategies for counteracting them.
Multilingual Resources for Teaching about Black Lives Matter in Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms K-2ND Outline and resources from a workshop for teachers.
What is Community? K-2ND. Students will identify people and places that make their own neighborhoods special.
Understanding My Family’s History K-5TH. After exposure to relevant literature in class, students will research their family history by interviewing their parents and then tell their story to classmates.
Lesson based on the book Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle 2ND-3RD. Students will learn about the oral traditions of two different cultures, and how two young children braved friendship and trust and learn about different forms of resistance by enslaved Africans including oral traditions through religion, alliances with other communities, and escaping enslavement to stay together.
Lesson based on the book Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate 4TH-5TH. Students will read the story of George Moses Horton, an enslaved African who taught himself to read, and eventually became a renowned poet and write their own poems about freedom. Students will also learn that there were many forms of resistance by enslaved Africans including efforts to learn and teach others to read and write.