SEL Activity: What is a Stereotype?

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Activity: Stereotypes are an inevitable part of our human experience. This activity will allow students to notice stereotypes, question their validity, reflect on their impact, and determine ways to move beyond them compassionately. Recognizing when we stereotype can create opportunities for true, brave, and small actions to impact ourselves and/or others. 

SEL Core Competencies: Self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills

Grades: 4-8

Time: 30 minutes

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

Student Action: Students practice noticing when they or others are stereotyping. This effort can be challenging; authentically considering other perspectives often requires brave actions that are honest, compassionate, and open-minded.

Program Connections: This activity comes from a lesson in our ThinkGive Middle School programs. To learn more, visit our PROGRAMS page.

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