Migrant Farmworkers in Boulder County – Spanish Language Lesson

In this lesson students will learn about Latinos’ participation in the agricultural work of Boulder county (1900’s-1940’s), then connect it with María Ramirez’s story as well as the book written “Cajas de Cartón” by Francisco Jimenez. In Spanish, students will integrate the past tenses as well as subjunctive mood. They will discuss their families’ stories of arriving in Boulder, their family’s current feeling of identity and belonging, explore and challenge their ideas of inhabitants of Boulder.

Created By: Julie Irwin, Shining Mountain Waldorf School

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Migrant Workers: Tools That Sustain

In tis lesson students focus on the farm tools used by migrant workers to tell personal stories. The lesson provides the opportunity for students to learn and appreciate the contributions of migrant workers to our country and how children of the fields learn life lessons. The tools used by migrant workers serve not only to do the manual stoop labor required to provide food for American tables, but also as training tools for lessons that sustain and develop the thirst and hunger for knowledge. Thus grows the drive and determination to not only survive, but succeed. The lesson can also be used to highlight local Latino migrant contributions to the U.S. food industry. Extensions offer the opportunity for research into family agricultural/migrant history or other topics of student interest.

Created By: Maria B. Ramirez, Angevine Middle School

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Mosaic Math: Integrating Math and History

In this lesson students will count and categorize shapes of their self portrait mural. Then students will compare the number of shapes used on other self portraits and themselves. This is an extension of a previous lesson as they investigate their own identity.

Created By: Karla Colin, Laura De Castro and Delia Saenz – Escuela Bilingue Pioneer

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Muckrakers and Meatpackers – Progressive Era and Today: Comparing Worker Experiences

In this lesson students will reflect on workers’ rights, food safety, and the immigrant experience during the Progressive Era. Students will use primary source documents to examine working conditions for Latino workers in Longmont in the 1970s and compare that to conditions described in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. Students will theorize that there were limitations on these Progressive reforms due to geography, race, and immigration status.
Created By: Deann Bucher, Monarch High School

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My Identity – Where does it come from?

In this lesson students are given the opportunity to involve their families by discussing their family histories with relatives and compare and contrast them to their lives today. The lesson also uses primary sources to hear experiences of several high school students discovering their own identities. At the end of the lesson students will be able to answer the following questions: How do I want to be identified? Where does my family come from? How does my education, family, home, health differ from my parents? Aunts/Uncles? Grandparents? How does the music, art, celebrations, occupations of today differ from that of my older relatives (parents, aunts/uncles, grandparents)?

How do you identify yourself? How do others identify you? How does one create their identify?

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Qualities of a Good Citizen: Life of Rosa Suazo

In this lesson students will be introduced to an inspiring person, Rosa Suazo, a Latina who is part of our history as a role model here in our community and continues to pursue acts of charity. Young students are all about listening to stories and learning from them. Role models are huge in the lives of […]

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