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.

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Learning Objectives:
  • 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
an image or character that represents a person online
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.

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

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

Take-home resources