Grade Levels: 3-5

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Jackie Robinson, and supports the standard of describing the lives and contributions of historical figures. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display this image of Jackie Robinson:

Ask students: What do you know about Jackie Robinson? What challenges did he face? 

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

  • Read aloud the description on the Jackie Robinson topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the three Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Jackie Robinson Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: EXTEND and DEEPEN

Students express what they learned about Jackie Robinson while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a mini-documentary about Jackie Robinson that describes his life and answers this question: What were Robinson’s most significant achievements?
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying significant moments in Jackie Robinson’s life, and their impacts.  
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag representing Jackie Robinson’s legacy. 
  • Primary Source Activity: Analyze an interview with a player from the Negro League and cite details to answer the questions.

More to Explore

 Time Zone X: Jackie Robinson: Play an interactive timeline game challenging students to put historical events in chronological order.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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