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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

    Diversity

  • How am I the same as other people? How am I different from other people?
  • What are the differences between how I live and how others live?
  • Can people who share my identity still be different from me?
  • Does everyone have the same rights?
  • Grade Level
    Subject
    Social Studies
    Civics
    History
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Diversity-Abenn

  • 1. In what ways are your friends similar to you? How are your friends different?
  • 2. What makes a person favorable? Is it their physical appearance and personal preferences, or is it how the person treats others?
  • 3. How can I ask people about their lives and experiences in a respectful, kind and understanding way?
  • I can appreciate my friends for who they are.
  • I can identify qualities that make a person favorable.
  • I can ask people about their lives and experiences in a respectful, kind and understanding way.
  • Grade Level
    3-5
    Subject
    Social Studies
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    The Diverse Classroom

  • How can I help my students better understand and appreciate diversity?
  • STANDARDS
  • Social Studies 3a. A. Compare the culture and people in our community across multiple time periods.
  • Literacy 1. A. Develop and demonstrate reading skills in response to text by: a. using text features to make and confirm predictions, explain why not confirmed b. asking and responding to relevant questions c. seeking clarification and using information/ facts and details about texts and supporting answers with evidence from text.
  • Grade Level
    3-5
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    History
    Arts
    Social Justice Domains