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Ruby Bridges and Diversity

Practicum                                                       
Shannon Young

 

Teaching Time- 40 minutes

Target Group- 6th and 7th graders

Instructional Objective-
Students will learn about Ruby Bridges and express their understanding of diversity by constructing a “box of crayons” that demonstrates that the students are all different but they are equal.

Anticipatory set-
Place this question on the board and have the students write their response.
How would you feel if someone wouldn’t let you play sports because of your gender?

Materials needed-

 

Guided Practice-

Independent Practice-

 

Evaluation-

Instructional Modification-

Closing-
Have the ball that has questions on it out. Pass the ball to a random student and have them answer that question. When every student has gone, ask random students the questions provided below. These questions will help the students show their knowledge of the story and how it pertains to the lesson.

Closing Questions-

  1. What is one thing you learned?
  2. Name one thing that makes you similar to Ruby Bridges.
  3. Why was Ruby Bridges in class alone?
  4. Name one way we as a class are different?
  5. Why did we make a box of crayons?

The next day-
The next day students will be using their skills in comparing. The students will read a poem and then they will record and compare the differences and similarities within the story of Ruby Bridges and the poem.

 

A Box of Crayons
While walking in a toy store
the day before today,
I overheard a crayon box
with many things to say.
"I don't like red!" said yellow.
And green said, "Nor do I!"
And no one here likes orange,
but no one knows quite why."
"We are a box of crayons
that really doesn't get along,"
said blue to all the others
"something here is wrong!"
Well, I bought that box of crayons
and took it home with me
and laid out all the crayons
so the crayons could all see.
They watched me as I colored
with red and blue and green
and black and white and orange
and every color in between.
They watched as green
became the grass
and blue became the sky.
The yellow sun was shining bright
on white clouds drifting by.
Colors changing as they touched,
becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored.
They watched till I was through.
And when I'd finally finished,
I began to walk away.
And as I did the crayon box
had something more to say...
"I do like red!" said the yellow
and green said, "So do I!"
"And blue you are terrific
so high up in the sky."
"We are a box of crayons
each of us unique,
but when we get together
the picture is complete."
NOW IF WE COULD JUST LEARN
FROM THIS BOX OF CRAYONS
THIS WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE.

by Shane DeRolf

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Box of Crayons
Ruby Bridges Lesson Plan
While walking in a toy store
the day before today,
I overheard a crayon box
with many things to say.
"I don't like red!" said yellow.
And green said, "Nor do I!"
And no one here likes orange,
but no one knows quite why."
"We are a box of crayons
that really doesn't get along,"
said blue to all the others
"something here is wrong!"
Well, I bought that box of crayons
and took it home with me
and laid out all the crayons
so the crayons could all see.
They watched me as I colored
with red and blue and green
and black and white and orange
and every color in between.
They watched as green
became the grass
and blue became the sky.
The yellow sun was shining bright
on white clouds drifting by.
Colors changing as they touched,
becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored.
They watched till I was through.
And when I'd finally finished,
I began to walk away.
And as I did the crayon box
had something more to say...
"I do like red!" said the yellow
and green said, "So do I!"
"And blue you are terrific
so high up in the sky."
"We are a box of crayons
each of us unique,
but when we get together
the picture is complete."
NOW IF WE COULD JUST LEARN
FROM THIS BOX OF CRAYONS
THIS WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE.

by Shane DeRolf

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