Content area: language arts, social studies, writing
Skills for Growing kits include 10 folders:
Unit One, "Building a School Community," helps students see themselves as important and valued members of their class and the school.
In Unit Two, "Growing As a Group," students practice skills that will help them work together: listening, responding, resolving conflicts, and working cooperatively.
In Unit Three, "Making Positive Decisions," students examine the impact of people's decisions, learn a thinking process for sound decision making, and practice ways to say "No" to harmful choices.
Service Learning. After completing Unit Three, students plan and carry out a project that enables them to learn by contributing to their school and community.
In Unit Four, "Growing Up Drug-Free," students learn about ways they can keep themselves healthy; the effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs on young people's health and well-being; and how to stand up to drug use pressures and influences.
In Unit Five, "Celebrating You and Me," students recognize special accomplishments and contributions and express appreciation to the people who have helped them during the school year.
Together Times For each unit, every student receives a four-color student-family activity booklet called Together Times. Students complete several pages of their booklets during lessons at school and the remaining pages on their own or with family members. The Together Times keeps parents informed about the concepts and skills their children are learning at school, and suggests ways to reinforce those skills at home.
Other materials for civil rights:
Coles, R. (2004). The story of Ruby Bridges: Scholastic.
Daley, J. (Ed.). (2006). Great speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, Jr., and others: Dover Publications.
Farris, C. K. (2006). My brother Martin: A sister remembers growing up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Aladdin Paperbacks.
Giovanni, N. (2005). Rosa: Holt.
Haskins, J. (2005). Delivering justice: W.W. Law and the fight for civil rights: Candlewick.
Johnson, A. (2005). A sweet smell of roses: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Levine, E. (1994). ... If you lived at the time of Martin Luther King: Scholastic.
McKissack, P. (2005). Abby takes a stand: Viking.
Parks, R. (2000). I am Rosa Parks: Puffin Books.
Rappaport, D. (2005). The school is not white!: A true story of the civil rights movement: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children.
Rappaport, D. (2006). Nobody gonna turn me 'round: Stories and songs of the civil rights movement: Candlewick Press.
Rappaport, D. (2007). Martin's big words: The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: Hyperion Children.
Weatherford, C. B. (2005). Freedom on the menu: the Greensboro sit-ins: Dial Books for Young Readers.
Zike, D. The Civil Rights Movement. In Dinah Zike's High School American History Reading and Study Skills: Glencoe-McGraw-Hill, p. 79.