When I taught lower grades, I always found that simulations worked to engage students with stickier topics, especially if you are dealing with kids who don't have to think about (in)equality in their everyday lives. First thing that jumps to mind is rewarding students for good work during one activity, but giving differing numbers of candies, for example, to students based on whatever arbitrary reason comes to mind, but vocalizing your "reasoning" as you go along. Afterwards, you can even things out and ask them to talk about what it was like to witness your prejudices or be rewarded for/ignored because of them. From there, scaffold up to real life situations or to texts which deal with the same.
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Well, I divide my students in two groups: men and women. Women write a list of adjectives to describe how men are. Men do the same but with adjectives to describe women. Then, each student goes to the board and complete each list. So, when they can see the two columns of adjectives, they can realize that almost always men and women share the same characteristics, capabilities, virtues, etc. This class is useful because they enjoy working as a group and at the same time they learn about gender equality.
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