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Familiar food turns a refuge into a home

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“Padam and Purna were forced from their homeland in Bhutan and trapped in camps in Nepal for decades before being resettled in an alien land: Clarkston, Georgia. The refugees have found some stability, but still feel frustrated and uprooted, which leads to domestic violence and suicide in the refugee community. Padam and Purna realized that familiar food is the first step to feeling at home. They have opened a food store and other refugee-run businesses, which offer safe spaces and sources of mutual support for all the Asian refugees in Clarkston, who are united by their experience of trauma.”
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Fun and Fitness in a Library Parking Lot

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Line dance leader Kit Cheung teaches her class of Chinese-American women in an unlikely place: the parking lot of a local library. No other public location offers both the outdoor space and sun cover the group requires for their twist on the traditional Chinese exercise of tai chi. The relationship that forms between the initially reluctant library and Kit’s dance group has created some unexpected opportunities.
Grade Level
3-5
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Subject
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain
LEARNING PLAN

2019-2020 Fourth Grade SEL

  • What does it mean to feel good about myself and how can I express that I like who I am?
  • How can I live, work and play with others when we have differences?
  • What clues help me know when and how people are being treated unfairly?
  • How is my life easier or more difficult based on who I am and where I was born?
  • What can one person do to create a safe, welcoming place for all?
  • Grade Level
    3-5
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Studies
    SEL
    ELL / ESL
    Math & Technology
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Morning Work - Identity

  • What groups do I belong to?
  • What are my identities?
  • How do I know I’m part of a group?
  • How do I see myself? Is it the same way others see me?
  • What identities do I share with my family? What identities do I have that are different from my family?
  • How do people show that they are proud of themselves?
  • Does my identity mean I get to do things other kids can’t, or keep me from doing something?
  • Grade Level
    LEARNING PLAN

    Identity-Abenn

  • 1. What does it mean to feel good about myself and how can I express that I like who I am?
  • 2. Do all people have the same rights?
  • 3. Have you ever changed your true identity to fit in with a new group? How did that change make you feel?
  • I can feel good about myself and I can express that I like who I am.
  • I can recognize a person's rights should not be determined by their identity.
  • I can be myself.
  • Grade Level
    3-5
    Subject
    Social Studies
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Emotion

  • How do I benefit from my identities?
  • What privileges do I have that others don’t?
  • Do all people have the same rights?
  • How can I be proud of who I am and celebrate others?
  • Grade Level
    3-5
    Subject
    Social Studies
    Civics
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Identity: Community Building at the Beginning of the Year

  • What are group identities and how do they describe me? Others?
  • How do I get to know others and allow others to get to know all of me?
  • What does it mean to feel good about myself and how can I express that I like who I am?
  • How can I be proud of who I am and celebrate others?
  • Grade Level
    3-5
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    SEL
    Social Justice Domains