What is a Stereotype Activity

Looking for easy-to-implement social and emotional learning activities for your classroom? These mini-lessons may be mini in size, but deliver a big impact.

Activity: Stereotypes are an inevitable part of our human experience. This mini-lesson will give students a chance to notice stereotypes and to question their validity. This will help students reflect on the impact of stereotypes and what we can do to compassionately move beyond them. Recognizing when we stereotype can create opportunities for true, brave, and small acts of kindness with ourselves and/or with others. 

Themes: Social Responsibility, Empathy, Inclusion

Grades: 4-8

Time: 30 minutes

Essential Questions: What is a stereotype? What are the impacts of stereotypes? How can we work towards moving beyond stereotypes?

Student Action: Students practice noticing when they or others are stereotyping. This can be challenging and often requires brave actions that are honest, compassionate, and willing to expand on perspectives.

Program Connections: This activity has been modified from a lesson in our ThinkGive Middle School Program. Want to learn more? Visit Our Programs page.

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