I always strive to make history come to life for my students. I find it so interesting and meaningful and I want them to connect to stories from the past and learn from them.
Each year, we teach about civil rights and segregation, and I believe it is such an important topic for students to develop a deep foundational knowledge about. I began doing this segregation simulation activity to help students understand what it might have been like to have been so unfairly discriminated against. I wanted to keep it appropriate for elementary aged students, but also provide them with a meaningful and unforgettable lesson.
My goal is for students to deeply understand what segregation and discrimination mean through hands on experience. I also want them to see why it’s important that we learn about issues from the past, so that we can be better prepared and educated for the future.
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