Lesson Plan

WHO ARE YOU? : Understanding the Dimensions of Gender

What do you like? How do you feel? Who are you? This lesson builds on previous lessons that help children understand and celebrate individuality and differences, as well as lessons that focus on personal expression and gender stereotypes. Using the anchor text: Who Are You? and The Gender Wheel, this lesson opens up the conversation about all of the ways that people can be in the world.

Key Terms

  • Body – Grown-ups look at a baby’s body when they are born and make a guess. This is the sex assigned at birth: male or female. (Sometimes people get this confused with gender. But gender is much more than the body you were born with.)
  • Expression – what you like, how you dress and act
  • Identity – who you feel like inside, who you know yourself to be

Part 1 – Read Aloud (15-30 minutes)

  1. Invite children to think about themselves as you read. What is your story? What do you like? How do you feel? Who are you?
  2. Read Who Are You? The Kids’ Guide to Gender Identity.img_5267
  3. Discussion questions:
  • BODY: Do you know any babies who have been born? What did people say about them?
  • EXPRESSION: What do you like? Have the things you like changed since you were younger? Are there things you like sometimes but not other times? Have you ever heard someone talk about ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ clothes/hair/toys/colors?
    How did you feel?
  • IDENTITY: Who are you? What makes you you? How do you know? Has this changed
    since you were younger? What are the words you use to describe yourself? Are there other words you have heard people use to describe themselves?

Part 2 – Gender Wheel Activity (15-30 minutes)img_5263

  1. Review the three layers of The Gender Wheel. Mix and match to explore the infinite possibilities for how people experience gender.
  2. Use books to put different characters on the wheel Watch video clips of children telling their stories and show them on the wheel. (“This person has…feels like…likes…”).
  3. Invite children to use the wheel to show themselves (“I have…I am…I like…”).