"Anything YOU are allowed to do... I should be too!!"
This unit a collection of 11 lessons on equality was written for the 4th grade and will take approximately two weeks to complete.
This unit will introduce the students to the meaning behind the word equality. We will begin by learning the important vocabulary the students need to understand for this unit. They will take part in a role-play where they will experience an unfair situation and explore how they feel about it. Through this experience they will learn the meaning of the words unfairness, discrimination, segregation, justice, and equality. Understanding the meaning of these words become important for the rest of the lesson in our unit.
Students will then learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement by listening to the authentic speech and think of their own dreams for themselves and their families. The students will also participate in a choral reading pertaining to the movement. It is important for students to learn about the history of Civil Rights and equality. They need to understand the role that Martin Luther King Jr. played in getting African Americans their rights and also that he did it in nonviolent way. Also if you want something bad enough and you are persistent your dreams really can come true. The students also need to be able to reflect on their own rights and dreams and their role in an equal community.
We will be exploring the WomenÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s Rights Movement by identifying the leaders of the movement and the impacts that they made. The students will discover what actions women took to get the right to vote and will learn of about the historical events that would change womenÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s roles in society. They will take this one step further by also researching other women who made a difference in our world. The students should be learning citizenship skills. Teaching students about women getting the right to vote and about gender equality will help students be more appreciative and aware of gender equally. Social studies should teach students how the past affects their lives today and teaching gender equality and how women werenÃƒï¿½Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½t able to vote since the 1920Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s will give our students a better understanding of why women have been left out in history and why they have been stereotyped as the weaker gender. Lessons in gender equality will help our students see the importance of not discriminating against gender and that one gender is not better or stronger then another.
Finally, will spend the last week of this unit exploring the similarities and differences amongst themselves. Students will spend some time in groups discussing unfair situations and how to solve them. They will have a chance to create a quilt so that they have a chance to see how all of our differences encompass our class. They will see how each of us is a piece that makes up our whole classroom. Further, they will have a chance to share information about themselves with their classmates through a number of different activities. They will be participating in a classroom graph, constructing their bedrooms, creating a family tree, talking about family traditions, and sharing funny or embarrassing moments in order to promote a cultural understanding as well as good citizenship. Students should be knowledgeable and respectful of other cultures and people and learn to identify how those differences help shape our community. Lessons are designed to help make it meaningful to the lives of our students by incorporating them in activities about them. Students will be asking questions about themselves, their family and their community. Teachers hold great power in helping to create a community is which people are respectful of one another and understand different cultures and backgrounds.