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 creative projects.


Display this image of Jackie Robinson:

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


  • 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
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a mini-documentary about Jackie Robinson that describes his life and 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.


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about Jackie Robinson.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Why do you think Jackie Robinson kept playing baseball, despite the abuse he endured? 
  • What is Jackie Robinson’s legacy? 
  • Where have you seen racism still taking place in sports? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Jackie Robinson Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

 Analyze an interview with a player from the Negro League in this Primary Source Activity

Show what you know about Jackie Robinson in the sequencing game Time Zone X: Jackie Robinson


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments