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Ruby Bridges Digital Library Lesson


Grade Levels:
Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 weeks

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This Ruby Bridges Library Lesson is perfect for Black History Month or anytime you want to teach students about school desegregation and the civil rights movement.

This product is a combination of Digital Storytime and Digital Bulletin Board. Everything you need to teach elementary students about Ruby Bridges is included here. You just add the read-aloud(s) of your choice.

Needed to open and editGoogle Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

This 60-slide lesson is completely editable in Google Slides and PowerPoint, and includes:

  • 60-slide lesson presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 22 slides are for the lesson and/or class discussion
    • 33 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • All 14 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list.
    • The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students related to Ruby Bridges, Jim Crow Laws, and desegregation.
    • All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-6 and received positive professional reviews.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for story time on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)

30 Class Discussion Slides include:

  • Sign language slide and how-to sign link (“school”)
  • A guided discussion of school desegregation and Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka
  • Biographical information on Ruby Bridges and how she made history at age six (6 years old).
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos.

Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • 33 slides for Grades K-6
  • Additional biographical information about Ruby Brides
  • Additional details about Jim Crow Laws and desegregation – includes facts and trivia questions
  • 14 visual booktalks; includes picture books, fiction novels, and nonfiction/biographies.
  • Library review information (differences between biography, autobiography, and memoir; includes examples)
  • “Did You Know?” slides
  • “Would You Rather?” and “This or That?” question slides (not related to Ruby Bridges or desegregation due to the sensitive nature of this topic)
  • Vocabulary words: segregation and Jim Crow laws
  • This week’s birthdays, weekly and daily agenda slides

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the books are NOT included.  You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book.  If your library owns an interactive ebook that has audio read-aloud, you could also share how to read or access it through your online catalog or ebook management platform.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire –  C.1. – D.1. – D.2. – D.3.
  • Include – A.3. – D.2.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards – 
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.10

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
© Copyright 2019 Texas Education Agency. 

  • TEKS SCI.3.10.A.
  • TEKS SCI.3.10.B.
  • TEKS SCI.4.10.A.
  • TEKS SCI.5.10.A.

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