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Teaching issues of Social Justice to Young Children

Can we teach young children about the tough topics like racism, prejudice, and gender bias, in ways that are appropriate? Some say it can’t be done—but many others say that it can and needs to be done! The following resources include lessons and videos that show you how to introduce these ideas to your students, there are also articles that explain why it’s important give you tips for how to talk with colleagues and parents about these topics as well.
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Teaching issues of Social Justice to Young Children
  • naeyc.org
    naeyc.org

    Teaching social justice in the primary classroom

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    Shannon Hart says:
    Can first graders really understand issues of racism and classism? In this article, a classroom teacher explains her attempts to find out! She details her own action research project done in her classroom, exploring these topics with her young students. She discusses exactly what she did, how she did it, and what her students and their parents and her colleagues thought about it. This is an excellent resource for teachers who want to see a step-by-step guide for exploring tough topics and for do
  • Shannon Hart says:
    This is a collection of articles from the journal Young Children, published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It contains the most up-to-date information, ideas, resources, and research on how we can work with children and families from diverse families.
  • Rethinking Schools Blog

    Website
    rethinkingschoolsblog.wordpress.com
    rethinkingschoolsblog.wordpress.com
    Shannon Hart says:
    Rethinking Schools is a publication written by and for teachers who want to do things differently. This is the main site to enter the blog and the topics range from teaching about social justice issues, to issues on testing and fairness, to general school reform topics.
  • How many is that?

    Website
    howmanyisthat.org
    howmanyisthat.org
    Shannon Hart says:
    There are 13.4 million children living in poverty in the US—but what does that really mean? How many sports stadiums would that many children fill? This is a website that helps to personalize the many numbers that we see every day that become overwhelming and, often, meaningless. By providing your zip code, these overwhelming numbers are “transformed” into something that makes sense (it would fill 251 Cellular Fields in Chicago).
  • Shannon Hart says:
    Teaching Tolerance is the education arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center. There are hundreds of teacher resources, for grades pre-k through college, at this site. There is a handy search engine located on the site so you can sort resources by grade level, keyword, type of “bias” and more. This is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to teach social justice themed lessons to young children!
  • Shannon Hart says:
    This short blog post explains the journey one kindergarten teacher (and her school colleagues) went on as they learned the best ways to introduce these topics to young students. The unit, which expanded to become “change makers” grew to include the k-4 grade students. You can learn a lot from seeing what others have done and running with it to make it your own!
  • Shannon Hart says:
    How can you bring issues of fairness, gender and racial bias, and prejudice into your classroom? This articles gives you 10 different ideas, with grade level suggestions, for simple activities to do just that! These include read alouds, writing prompts, and class discussions that you can use to introduce these topics into your classroom.