Martin Luther King Jr., dreamed of a world more tolerant than the one he lived in. The lessons below -- perfect for use at the start of the school year or for celebrating King's life in January -- are designed to teach kids about tolerance. Included: Lessons on stereotyping, appreciating differences, recognizing how words can hurt (or heal), and more.
The highest result of education is tolerance. -- Helen Keller
Helen Kellers words serve as a reminder of the key role educators play -- both as role models and as teachers of tolerance.
The start of the school year and the days leading up to the celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday are excellent times to introduce classroom activities that teach tolerance. Exposure to such lessons has the power to make a difference in students lives -- and in the world those students will create.
This week, Education World provides five lessons focused on messages of tolerance. Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)
Balloons serve as the conduit for this lesson in which students "burst stereotypes. (Grades 2-12)
How Tolerant Are Kids in Your School?
Students graph results of a survey of attitudes and tolerance in their school. (Grades 6-12)
Those Tear-Me-Apart, Put-Me-Back-Together, Never-Be-the-Same-Again Blues
This powerful activity illustrates how unkind words can hurt. (Grades PreK-8)
Teaching About Tolerance Through Music
Invite students to analyze the lyrics of Peter, Paul and Mary songs that express themes of tolerance. (Grades 3-12)
Everybody Is Unique: A Lesson in Respect for Others Differences
Teach about respect for others unique qualities in this lesson that combines art and language arts. (Grades K-8)
We have set up a special page on which you can find more than a dozen additional lesson plans focused on teaching about tolerance. Click here to view those lessons.