Grade 5

Beyond Gender Stereotypes

How do gender stereotypes shape our experiences online?

Kids encounter all kinds of stereotypes in the media. But are kids always aware of what they're seeing? Help your students think critically about how gender stereotypes can affect the ways they view themselves and others.

Students will be able to:
  • Define "gender stereotype" and describe how they can be present online.
  • Describe how gender stereotypes can lead to unfairness or bias.
  • Create an avatar and a poem that show how gender stereotypes impact who they are.
Key Vocabulary: avatar  ·  bias  ·  gender stereotypes
avatar:
an image or character that represents a person online
bias:
an unfair belief about a person or group based on a stereotype
gender stereotypes:
oversimplified ideas about how women and men are or should be
Digital Footprint & Identity
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

45 mins.
Extension Activity:

Have students use a video app like Flipgrid to record themselves performing their "Just Because" poems. Allow students to view each other's performances.

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Student Handout: Stereotype Avatar Student Version
  • Student Handout: "Just Because" Poem Student Version Teacher Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources