GROUP ACTIVITY

1. Discuss with the students how the following situations may be showing prejudice.

•  Making fun of someone's weight.
•  Not playing with someone because he or she can't run fast.
•  Teasing people because they speak a different language.
•  Calling people names because of skin color.
•  Ignoring someone because he or she is in a wheel chair.
•  Not letting a girl play with trucks because she's a girl.
•  Not letting a boy take dance lessons because he is a boy.

 

2. Have the kids make self-portrait puppets. Use these puppets to role play prejudiced situations. Have students find ways to handle those situations and change the prejudiced behaviors.

 

3. Play a sorting game. Have the kids group themselves according to one of these categories:

Hair color, Skin color, Eye color, Gender, Height (tallest and shortest according to a selected measurement), Month of Birthday, Birth places (all those born in the same state or city), Clothes (certain colors or styles), Likes or Dislikes (such as colors, foods, music, etc.).

 

With each category, describe a situation that demonstrates an unfair situation. For examples, "What if today I only let those who had brown hair go out for recess. Is that fair?" or "What if today, only the girls could have lunch. Is that fair?"

After the game, discuss how prejudice is not being fair to others.