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    List of books by Grade:

    K=Introducing Teddy
    1=My Princess Boy
    2=Jacob’s New Dress
    3=B in the World
    4=I am Jazz
    5=Red: A Crayon’s Story and George

    Sample lessons for each grade

    KINDERGARTEN
    Introducing Teddy

    Objectives:
    By the end of this lesson, students will:

    • Understand that there are many ways to express gender
    • Connect to and express oneself visually and verbally
    • Gain understanding of empathy for others

    Health Education Standards met:

    • Understand that there are many ways to express gender (H1.Se5.K)

    Sample Questions:

    • What do you think it means to “be yourself?” How were the characters in this book “being themselves.”

    1st GRADE
    My Princess Boy

    Objectives:
    By the end of this lesson, students will:

    • Students will be able to explore an example of gender diversity
    • Students will be able to build classroom community by understanding the     importance of compassion and accepting differences
    • Students will be able to discuss the negative impacts of bullying and how to be     an ally
    • Discuss how to show respect for similarities and differences between and among individuals and groups

    Health Education Standards met:

    • Explain there are many ways to express gender (H1.Se5.1)

    Sample Questions:

    • When Princess Boy wants to buy girls things at the store people laugh and
      stare. Why do you think they do that?

    2nd GRADE
    Jacob’s New Dress

    Objectives:
    By the end of this lesson, students will:

    • Explore and example of gender diversity
    • Understand the importance of accepting differences
    • Discuss the negative impacts of bullying and how to be an ally

    Health Education Standards met:

    • Understand there is a range of gender roles and expression (H1.Se5.2a)
    • Understand importance of treating others with respect regarding gender expression (H1.Se5.2b)

    Sample Questions:

    • Keeping our ideas about gender and stereotypes in mind, let’s look at what happens to
      Jacob when he decides to wear a dress to school. Be aware of how all the people in Jacob’s
      life handle the situation.

    3rd GRADE
    B in the World

    Objectives:
    By the end of this lesson, students will:

    • Describe ways that gender roles can vary considerably
    • Understand the importance of treating others with respect regarding gender identity
    • Use evidence from the text to answer questions
    • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator

    Health Education Standards met:

    • H1.Se5.3a Describe ways that gender roles can vary considerably.
    • H1Se53b Understand the importance of treating others with respect regarding gender identity.

    Sample Questions:

    • Ask students to discuss or write how it might feel when people treat someone differently or tease them for breaking a stereotype about their gender.  Discuss ways your class rules, or school expectations support treating people with respect, etc.  

    4th GRADE
    I am Jazz

    Objectives:
    By the end of this lesson, students will:

    • Define transgender and explore an example of gender diversity
    • Understand the importance of accepting differences
    • Discuss the negative impacts of bullying and how to be an ally

    Health Education Standards met:

    • Identify how friends and family can influence ideas regarding gender roles, identity, and expression (H2.Se5.4)
    • Demonstrate ways to show respect for all people (H4.Se5.4)

    Sample Questions:

    • Throughout the book Jazz says things like, “I’m not exactly like them… It didn’t feel
      normal… Pretending felt like a lie…” Have you ever been in a situation where you felt
      like you were “faking” it because of people expectations?
    • (p.22) Jazz is teased because she is “different.” What other reasons are kids bullied in
      school for being different?
    • Have you ever seen this happen, what did you do?What does it mean to be an ally and how could you show support for a friend who is being bullied?

     

     5th GRADE
    RED:  A Crayon’s Story

    Objectives:
    By the end of this lesson, students will:

    • Describe how outside influences can shape/impact ideas regarding gender roles, identity, and expression
    • Identify trusted adults to ask questions about gender identity and sexual orientation

    Health Education Standards met:

    • Describe how media, society, and culture can influence ideas regarding gender roles, identity, and expression (H2.Se5.5a)
    • Promote ways to show respect for all people (H8.Se5.5)
    • Identify trusted adults to ask questions about gender identity and sexual orientation (H2.Se5.5b)

    Sample Questions:

    • Why did everyone expect Red to draw red things?  Does it surprise you that no one noticed what he was really like?
    • Ask students why they think the author portrayed the grandparents as small silver and gray crayons.
    • “Everyone seemed to have something to say.”  How do you think Red feels about what the other crayons are saying?  What are some ways the crayons could show respect to Red?  What are ways we can show respect to other people who may be different from what we expect or who may just be different from ourselves?

    5th GRADE
    GEORGE

    Objectives:
    By the end of this lesson, students will:

    • Describe how outside influences can shape/impact ideas regarding gender roles, identity, and expression.
    • Promote ways to show respect for people who are different from ourselves

    Health Education Standards met:

    • Describe how media, society, and culture can influence ideas regarding gender roles, identity, and expression (H2.Se5.5a)
    • Promote ways to show respect for all people (H8.Se5.5)

    Sample Questions:

    • What do other people seem to expect of George?  In what circumstances or settings does George find support from others?  How does George’s family support or not support George?  Friends?