Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement are brought alive by students dressing, reading, and acting the stories of people involved in the struggle for equal rights. These stories tell who they are and why they chose to be a part of the Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit and the Civil Rights Movement.
Abstract legal concepts of segregation and Brown v. Board of Education to lower level elementary students are hard to teach. However, young elementary students understand the concept of fairness. Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site created “Fair is Fair!” to teach Pre-Kindergarten to Second grade students about the U.S. Supreme Court case that ended segregation in public schools by using concrete examples of fairness.
School groups of 24-30 students will break up into teams of three to complete a designated task. By using information found on the Internet, the student teams will produce a PowerPoint presentation to report their findings to the whole class. The entire activity will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete.
This curriculum provides teachers the resources needed to teach concepts of fairness and social democracy. The Brown curriculum kit includes a Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site handbook; a DVD with two short videos on DVD and a teacher's guide on a CD which uses narration, historical photos, and poses thought-provoking questions. It is intended to aid in understanding the Brown decision in both a historical and contemporary context.
Rather than try to explain abstract concepts of historical events surrounding the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court case, the Fair is Fair packet is intended to present skills and processes in alignment with the Kansas state benchmarks for Social Studies through music, games, physical activities and discussion. Appropriate skill levels and benchmarks will be detailed for each grade level.
Students will discuss the continual struggle for civil rights in America after watching a YouTube video.
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson plans provide a rich opportunity to enhance learning by bringing historic places across the country directly into your classroom, including six schools involved in the Brown v. Board of Education case. Students experience the excitement of these special places and the stories they have to tell through carefully selected written and visual materials.