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LESSON PLANS

Knowledge for Every Level

The lesson plans were created to advance students toward higher levels of learning, connect to their various learning styles and intelligences.  The lesson plans are also easily adaptable for all ages.

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LITTLE ROCK NINE

Students discover the value of education by learning about the nine students that desegregated a school in Little Rock, Arkansas.

RUBY BRIDGES

Students are introduced to 6 year old Ruby Bridges, the first student to desegregate a school in New Orleans in 1957.  Topics include bullying, conflict resolution and resilience.

BARBARA JOHNS POWELL

Students are exposed to a courageous 16 year old girl that played a huge role in ending school segregation and learn how just one person can make a difference.

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SNCC: Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee

Students will learn how the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, a group of young, dynamic and courageous students, fought to end segregation and won.  Students will also learn how these students greatly impacted the Civil Rights Movement.

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FREEDOM RIDERS

Students will learn about passive resistance and civil disobedience through the fearless acts of the Freedom Riders.

CLAUDETTE COLVIN

Before Rosa Parks, there was 15-year old Claudette Colvin who defied bus segregation laws in 1954.  Students will learn how laws are established while being introduced to historical figures and circumstances where people broke the law such as the Underground Railroad, Ann Frank and Mary Peake.

LINDA BROWN

Students will learn about how 12 year-old Linda Brown and her parents persistence led to the landmark Civil Rights case, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas which ended school segregation.

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ELLEN OCHOA

First Hispanic female to travel to space.

This lesson will teach students about the first Hispanic female to travel to space and the first Hispanic to become the director of the Johnson Space Center, Ellen Ochoa.  Through movie clips of inspirational movies like, "Wonder" and, "Stand and Deliver", students will relate to Ellen Ochoa's experiences through exploring the meaning of stereotypes and will evaluate whether using them is good or bad.

HIDDEN FIGURES SERIES

These lessons teach students of the incredible yet, "hidden" stories of three remarkably brilliant African American mathematicians who had super successful careers in NASA and paved the way for millions of women of color to have careers in STEM fields. These women are Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson.

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This lesson plan teaches students the amazing scientific contributions that Katherine Johnson made while working at NASA.  The lesson plan also helps students identify good character traits that will help them achieve success in their future careers.

Using character traits, this lesson plan teaches students of the amazing accomplishments of the brilliant mathematician name Dorothy Vaughn.  Students will also explore careers in STEM fields and discover how they greatly impact everyday life.    

This lesson introduces students to the 1st African American engineer at NASA, Mary Jackson. Students learn about Mary's contributions by understanding how they effect our everyday lives and by conducting hands on engineering activities.

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KAMALA HARRIS

This lesson plan teaches students about the amazing accomplishments made by Kamala Harris and helps them recognize the great significance of her role as the Vice President of the United States.

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