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Identity Lesson and Activities for In Person or Virtual Learning


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This Teaching Tolerance aligned lesson is about understanding personal identity and the identities of others. It’s an important skill on its own and also a first step towards valuing diversity and standing up to injustice. It focuses on elements of identity (race, ethnicity, religion, culture, appearance, strengths, name, gender), obvious vs. more private parts of our identities, and how each part of our identity is just one piece of our wonderful selves
The lesson includes:
•20 slide presentation to guide discussion and activities with suggested scripting for each slide
•Independent reflection activities: printable worksheets & interactive Google Slides™
•Recommended book companion list
•Editable parent letter to send home after the lesson explaining the purpose and content of the lesson
•Follow-up discussion questions printable
•Student pre/post survey
This was created as either a stand-alone lesson or the first lesson in a series building up to and working to develop knowledge and skills around social justice.
*You may wish to expand this into two lessons, depending on how much time you have, especially if you incorporate a book*
It is aligned to: Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Anchor Standards (Identity), the American School Counseling Association’s Mindsets & Behaviors, and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL) Core Competencies.
This resource is listed for grades 3rd-6th but you know your students best! I recommend thoroughly looking over the preview to decide if this resource is developmentally appropriate for your students.
The presentation is MAC and PC compatible with a Google Sides™ link included in the lesson plan. The presentation is NOT editable, although slides can be hidden or deleted.


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“Could not have asked for more from a resource. Sparked some great conversations and easy to use with so many different units. I found a new favorite seller!”

“This lesson is so clear and concise in explaining identity to students. It covers many different aspects of identity and helps students to reflect on their own identity. I believe this lesson is helpful in teaching empathy and self-esteem too. It helps students to acknowledge what they may already know about themselves and gain perspective into their personal world and who they are.”