Humane education activities and lesson plans are just one of the many resources we provide for teachers, activists, and changemakers via our online Resource Center.

We offer more than 125 humane education activities for free download, and we add new ones every year.

We’ve added Common Core standards information to many of our activities.

Here are the 15 activities that were most frequently downloaded in 2017:

15. Me Against My Brother: An Exploration of Genocide
Students explore genocide, its broader impacts, and develop a means for taking action to prevent or address genocide.
Recommended for grades 8 and up.
Time: Several days to several weeks

14. Word Power
Words have enormous power and often assign value. This activity explores sample words in context and what kinds of value those words imply.
Recommended for grades 4 and up.
Time: 15-30 minutes

13. I’ve Been Branded
This icebreaker activity helps students gain a sense of how surrounded they may be by brands and products by using Wordle.
Recommended for grades 6-12.
Time: 45 minutes

12. It Ads Up
This activity explores: How do ads influence us? What strategies do ad designers use to target different groups of people? How can we recognize those strategies and our own triggers?
Recommended for grades 8 and up
Time: 30-45 minutes

11. Two Apples
In this icebreaker, participants learn just how important words and actions are when they explore their impact on two apples.
Recommended for All ages.
Time: 5-10 minutes

10. Not So Fair and Balanced: Analyzing Bias in the Media
This lesson plan helps high school students (and adults) take a closer look at prejudices, the biases that media contain and perpetuate (such as in what they do and don’t report on, or how particular genders or ethnicities are portrayed), and the ways we are influenced by those media biases.
Recommended for grades 9 and up.
Time: One week of 45-minute class periods

9.  Analyzing Advertising
Students learn to be ad-savvy by exploring the pervasiveness of ads in their lives and by analyzing what ads are trying to sell…and trying to hide.
Recommended for grades 5 and up.
Time: 45-60 minutes

8. Where Are the People Like Me?
Students assess examples of  media (catalogs, magazines, books, etc.) to consider who is (and isn’t represented) and to explore the impact of lack of diversity in media and their own rich experiences with diversity.
Recommended for grades 4-10.
Time: 45-60 minutes

7. When I Grow Up
Help students think critically about gender stereotyping in jobs and careers and consider non-traditional gender roles.
Recommended for: Grades Pre-K-3.
Time: 30-45 minutes

6. Selling “Boy” and “Girl”
Students use toy catalogs to explore gender stereotypes and consider non-traditional gender roles.
Recommended for: Grades Pre-K-4.
Time: 45-60 minutes

5. Racism Alphabet
Students explore examples of racism, consider perspectives about racism by writing a story, and discuss ways to eradicate racism in our society.
Recommended for grades 8-12.
Time: a few class periods

4. Boys Like, Girls Like, Kids Like
This activity helps younger children think critically about gender roles, gender bias, stereotypes, and how diverse and alike we can be.
Recommended for: Grades Pre-K – 2.
Time: 30+ minutes

3.  Dare to Be Different
What is prejudice? Why do some people judge others because of their differences? How can we make positive choices that reflect understanding, acceptance, and tolerance? Students learn about these issues and have a chance to “dare to be different” by altering their appearance for a day.
Recommended for grades 3-5.
Time: 1-2 days

2. More Than a Label
This activity inspires students to think about their own areas of bigotry, to identify how we develop our attitudes about others, and empowers them to take action to reduce bigotry in their own lives and in society.
Recommended for grades 9 and up.
Time: 90 minutes

1. Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged
How do our own stereotypes and judgments limit our openness and receptivity to others? This activity uses props (or photos) to explore our snap perceptions of others.
Recommended for grades 4 and up.
Time: 20-30 minutes


Be sure to forward this to at least ONE person who would benefit from this resource.

Subscribe to This Blog Become a Humane Educator Support Our Work