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Bullying and Diversity Lesson: What's Your Name?



  • Health


  • K-2
  • 3-5


Brief Description

Students play a variation of Simon Says that highlights their similarities and differences.


Students will

  • explore their similarities and differences.


Simon Says, tolerance

Materials Needed[shopmaterials]


  • none

Lesson Plan

  • Explain to students that they will play a version of Simon Says in which only some students will respond to each command.
  • Tell students that they must watch carefully as they play the game because at the end, each student must tell one new thing they learned about a classmate.
  • Lead a game of Simon Says. Provide such directions as
    • Simon says "Everyone with brown eyes, stand up."
    • Simon says "Everyone who has a dog as a pet, put your right hand on your head."
    • Simon says "Everyone whose favorite sport is soccer, stand on one foot."
    • Simon says "Everyone who speaks more than one language, jump up and down."
    and so on. Choose categories appropriate for your students.
  • At the end of the game, have students sit in a circle. Ask each student to name one way in which he or she and another student are alike. The trait they share must be something they didn't know before playing the game. Students might say, for example, "I didn't know that Katie spoke Spanish" or "I didn't know that Jose was left-handed."


Students will be evaluated informally during the game.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Linda Starr

National Standards

NPH.K-12.6 Respect for Others

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