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Edwards Elementary in Ames is encouraging students and staff to share their “unique self” through the creation of a set of school wings this week. Each teacher is provided with enough wings for themselves and their students.

The document states that “Pride Month” is celebrated every June as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots.

“The Riots were a pivotal event in LGBTQ+ history,” the document states. “Although we are not in school during the month of June, it is still important to recognize the identities of our Edwards Community.”

Lesson plans and activities are included for each class.

For second grade, the lesson plan is “The Great Big Book of Families: Discussion Guide.” You can read about the kindergarten plan here. You can read about the first-grade plan here.

The book showcases “diverse families and their lives together.” Before reading the book, teachers are instructed to encourage students to pay attention to the different kinds of families they see in the book. And teachers are to remind students “not to engage in appearance-based stereotypes.”

“For example, you do not know a person’s gender in a picture book until you read the pronouns used in the texts.”


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