This is an integrated social studies and science unit focusing on two key figures in the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson ,using the overarching theme of cause and effect.


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  • Social Studies > General

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  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • K




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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2009-08-04.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 2
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This is an integrated thematic unit of study on the Civil Rights Movement and its links to two prominent Georgia residents (Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson). Over the course of six lessons, students study cause and effect, the Civil Rights Movement, kinetic energy, and about the lives of these key historical figures. Standards for Social Studies, Science, Language Arts and Technology are addressed through activities like journals, a newspaper, science experiment, and more. The use of primary documents, digital images and videos, and a simulated segregation exercise that involves red and yellow M&Ms will appeal to students. Overall, the unit is well-conceived. However, it will require work before successful implementation: rubrics need further development, some links are inactive, and some activities require more direction and concrete tools for differentiation. Also, take into consideration that this is a unit designed for 2nd graders in the state of Georgia. With refinement, this unit could easily be adapted for other geographic regions.

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