Welcoming Schools teacher-friendly lesson plans were designed to help educators create classrooms and schools that foster a sense of belonging for all of your students and their families and caregivers.
A key focus of our program is to provide comprehensive resources for educators to teach about all kinds of families inclusive of LGBTQ+ families and to affirm all identities across the gender spectrum.
The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman showcases diverse families and their lives together. It's a great resource for reflecting the diversity of your students' families and highlighting diversity for all students. LGBTQ-inclusive, multi-racial families, economic diversity. [K – 2]
Create a Love Makes A Family classroom or schoolwide display with unique family drawings from each student. This activity helps students see that the common bond that holds all kinds of families and caring communities together is love. [K – 5]
Find great alternatives to the traditional family tree. Welcome all students and their families. Be inclusive of LGBTQ+, adoptive, foster, step, and multi-generational families. [1 – 3]
After reading The Family Book by Todd Parr as a class, each student will create a drawing of their family. This lesson offers an opportunity to build classroom community by giving students a chance to share and learn about each other’s families. [K – 2]
Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence—the former Vice President of the United States. Marlon's life was about to change forever when this very special boy bunny fell in love with another boy bunny. With its message of acceptance, this book explores the topics of same gender marriage and democracy. [K – 5]
Here's a back-to-school activity to get to know your students and their families. This makes a welcoming display for a back-to-school night. [4 - 6]
This activity helps children to define their families or caring communities for themselves and share it with their peers, if they choose to, in an environment supported by a caring educator. The lesson also offers an opportunity to build classroom community. [1 – 2]
Develop more inclusive practices around celebrating Mother’s and Father’s Days and help children from diverse family structures feel affirmed in the classroom. [K – 2]
Students will look at ads to examine if they are inclusive of all types of families, if they contain biases or stereotypes, or if some kinds of families are left out. [3 – 5]
Help students feel pride in their experience and their family background with an art project to help them tell their story. [3 - 5]