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Materials:

§         red & blue dot stickers

§         Martin’s Big Words

§         Skittles

Sticky Notes 

Goals:

§         Students will be able to describe what equality is and how it is important to their lives.

Resource Instructions

Procedure:

Anticipatory Set:

§         Favor/Ignore students from start of the school day.

§         Give favored students more skittles.

§         Give favored students positive sticky notes.

 

The Lesson:

§         Bring students to carpet area (have red students sit first)

§         State objective:

  • “Today we are going to discuss equality and fairness.”

o       “Who knows what fairness is?”

o       “Who knows what equality is?”

§         Equality is… everyone receives the same opportunities and rights as everyone else. (having the ability or resources to meet a challenge.)

§         Ask students if they agree with this definition (thumbs up/down/sideways)

o       If too many examples are given from the day ask students to try and define these words without examples.

§         “We’re going to read a book about Martin Luther King. Who can remember who MLK Jr is?”

§         Reading Martin’s Big Words.

  • Purpose for reading: Can you make text-self connections with fairness/equality.
  • Remind students of purpose again about halfway through read-aloud

§         Have students move back to desks but have reds sit on one side and blue on the other

§         Free-write- text-to-self connections or “have you ever felt like martin felt?” or “How do you think Martin feels in this story?”

§         Focus students on equality for self-to-text connections

§         Discussion/Formative Assessment:

  • Remind students of discussion norms (Karle: discussion phrases; Kim: agree/disagree).
  • “Who wants to share what they wrote about? How did that make you feel?”

o       Ideal responses include:

§         Students share text-to-self connections.

§         Students share experiences from the day.

  • If needed, “Has anyone felt that they were treated unfairly today?”
  • Have “red” students stand up and ask the following questions:

o       Wasn’t it fun to… (give examples of ways they were favored)

o       Would you want me to keep doing this?

  • Have “blue” students stand up and ask the following questions:

o       Did you think today was fun? Why or why not?

o       Would you want me to keep doing this?

  • Do you think it’s right to treat some people better than others? Why or why not?

§         The reason why we did this today is to show you how inequality would feel and to show you why equality is so important. Martin Luther King felt that he and black Americans at this time were being treated unfairly and wanted equality for his people.

§         Revisit equality. What is it? What are some of the ways we have equality in our school? Formative Assessment: Thumbs up/down/side, can you give me an example?

  • Ideal responses:

o       Equality is… everyone receives the same opportunities and rights as everyone else. (having the ability or resources to meet a challenge.)

§         Example: 2 + 2 = 1 + 3 = 4 + 0 = 5-1. The outcome is the same, but the way we get there is different.

o       We have equality in our school-

§         Super Star Lunches: everyone has the same opportunity to receive it.

§         Calling on students: equal opportunities to be called.

§         Name sticks: equal chance to be called

§         Reading Corner/Bean Bags

§         Jobs

Quick Write/Summative Assessment:

  • “Why do you think equality is important?”
  • “What would life be like if we did not have equality?”
  • Expectations for students:

o       3-5 complete sentences for each question

§         Capital letters and periods!

Closing:

Relate equality back to Social Studies Unit (this will be different for each classroom).

Assessment:

Assessment: 

  Formative:

§         Students will be formatively assessed throughout the discussion. What will we assess them on throughout the discussion?

§         Thumbs Up/Down/Side to assess if students feel they could describe what equality is/how to describe it, or explain how there is equality in our school.

  Summative:

§         Students complete a quick write (of 3-5 sentences) answering the following questions:

  • “Why do you think equality is important?”
  • “What would life be like if we did not have equality?”

 

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Posted by: S.Birnbaum

Also great for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January.