- What do you need to complete this activity?
- How much time will you need for this activity?
- How many words will you find definitions for?
- Create a list of different words or characteristics that could be used to describe a person.
- Look at the list of characteristics and words and sort them into categories that are for “boys”, “girls”, and “both”.
- Talk about why you believe that these characteristics should belong in the categories you chose.
- As a group or in smaller groups, talk about why it could be harmful to stereotype these words and characteristics.
- Based on what you have learned about how stereotypes can be harmful, create a list of words to write definitions for (ex. Stereotype, identity, character, personality)
- Create the definitions and share them with the group.
- Talk about what the definitions mean and how they relate to your daily life.
- What do you know now that you did not know before?
- How did you and your friends get along on this Adventure?
- What would you change next time?
- What did you learn about stereotypes?
- How can you avoid stereotypes in your daily lives?
Keep it Simple
Using a dictionary, look up some words (identity, gender, etc.) and discuss the definition and what you think it means. Would you change them in any way?
Take it Further
Write a list of stereotypical things that describe a boy or a girl. Discuss why these lists can be harmful and think of ways that you can challenge these stereotypes in your life.