Subject: Prejudice & Stereotypes
1. Topic-
How to Overcome Prejudice
2. Content-
- What prejudice is.

- What's wrong with being prejudiced.

- How to avoid being prejudiced.

- The benefits of being open to different kinds of people.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.DON'T prejudge people. Get to know them as individuals before you decide whether or not you like them
2.TREAT people the way you want them to treat you.
3.STAND UP for people who are being treated with prejudice. Don't go along with the crowd when people are being unfair to someone.
4. LEARN about other cultures, countries, and peoples.
4. Objectives-
1. Children will become sensitive to their own behaviors or language that may be of a prejudiced nature.

2. Children will understand what prejudice is and what kinds of behaviors demonstrate prejudice.
3. Children will be able to deal with instances of prejudice at home or school, and be open to discussing ways in which they can safely handle those situations.
5. Materials and Aids-
Video: Getting along with Groark
Discussion Questions
Materials for self-portrait puppets
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

Discuss with the students how the following situations may be showing prejudice.

- Making fun of someone's weight.
- Not playing with someone because he or she can't run fast.
- Teasing people because they speak a different language.
- Calling people names because of skin color.
- Ignoring someone because he or she is in a wheel chair.
- Not letting a girl play with trucks because she's a girl.
- Not letting a boy take dance lessons because he is a boy.

B. Development-

Watch the video
Use Discussion questions:
1. Are all of us here exactly the same? In what ways are we different? In what ways are we alike?

2. Are differences bad? Why or why not?

3. The kids in the discussion part of the video said Burna was being prejudiced. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

4. Why did Essie decide not to invite Wonker to her party?

5. How did Groark feel about not inviting Wonker to the party?

6. How did Groark handle the situation with Essie and Burna? Was that a good way to do it? Are there other ways he could have handled it?

7. What is prejudice?

8. How is prejudice different from not liking someone?

9. How many different forms of prejudice can you think of?

10. Were any of the other characters in the video victims of prejudice? In what ways?

11. Have you ever experienced prejudice? In what way? How did it make you feel?

12. How do prejudiced people treat others?

13. How do people become prejudiced? Where do they learn prejudice?

14. What would you do if someone acted prejudiced toward you?

15. What would you do if a friend of yours acted prejudiced toward someone else?

C. Practice-

Have the kids make self-portrait puppets. Use these puppets to role play prejudiced situations. Have students find ways to handle those situations and change the prejudiced behaviors.

D. Independent Practice-

Play a sorting game. Have the kids group themselves according to one of these categories:

Hair color, Skin color, Eye color, Gender, Height (tallest and shortest according to a selected measurement), Month of Birthday, Birth places (all those born in the same state or city), Clothes (certain colors or styles), Likes or Dislikes (such as colors, foods, music, etc.).

With each category, describe a situation that demonstrates an unfair situation. For examples, "What if today I only let those who had brown hair go out for recess. Is that fair?" or "What if today, only the girls could have lunch. Is that fair?"

After the game, discuss how prejudice is not being fair to others.

F. Checking for understanding-

Write about an individual who overcame obstacles of prejudice to accomplish something worthwhile. This could be a great political leader, a teacher, or even a family member.

G. Closure-

To help understand the diversity of backgrounds in a classroom, students can interview a parent, grandparent, or relative about ways in which they celebrated holidays, traveled, lived, etc. Younger kids can then draw pictures to illustrate something they were told and share it with the class. Older kids can write a report about what they learned, illustrate it, and share it with the class.

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