Civil Rights for Kids: Pies From Nowhere by Dee Romito Read Aloud

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Formats Included
  • PDF
35 pages
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Looking for a great read aloud to help teach your upper elementary students about the Civil Rights Movement? This social studies read aloud unit is designed to teach Civil Right for kids using a book read-aloud. This social studies unit is intended to be used with the book Pies From Nowhere by Dee Romito. The book can be found here (non-affiliate link).

This Civil Rights read aloud unit includes:

  • Two levels of comprehension questions
  • Short answer comprehension questions with student opinion questions included
  • Character maps
  • Summarizing graphic organizer
  • Civil Rights Movement vocabulary chart
  • Context clues vocabulary chart
  • Extended response writing prompts with rubric
  • Plot diagrams
  • Civil Rights Movement timeline activity

An even mix of the reading activities and social studies activities in this social studies read aloud unit create  well-rounded and cross-curricular lessons and allows you to tailor the resource to your students’ needs!

Want to do more read alouds in your social studies classroom? Check this out!

Civil Rights Read Aloud Activities for Sit-In by Andrea Davis Pinkney


⭐ A third grade teacher said, “This is an amazing read aloud with great activities to support it! My students took a lot away from the story and activities that followed.”

⭐ A fifth grade teacher said, “​​Kids loved this as I used it to accompany our social studies after we studied the Civil Rights movement.”

Total Pages
35 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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