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Belonging: We Are Similar and Different
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In this lesson, students learn about what it means to belong and how to include others. Students will identify similarities and differences between themselves and a partner but understand how they are still part of the same community.

Subject:
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
05/31/2022
The Best We've Got: The Carl Erskine Story (Educational Full Version)
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This is the educational version of the documentary about Carl Erskine, the last of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ storied “Boys of Summer” who had a profound social impact in diversity and inclusion. Carl was witness to Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball and the beginning of Special Olympics. Produced by Ted Green Films in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and Special Olympics Indiana, this film shows Carl's life themes of friendship, loyalty, acceptance, inclusion, diginity, leadership, and social change.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
08/13/2022
The Best We've Got: The Carl Erskine Story (Part 1)
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This is Part 1 of the educational version of the documentary about Carl Erskine, the last of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ storied “Boys of Summer” who had a profound social impact in diversity and inclusion. Carl was witness to Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball and the beginning of Special Olympics. Part 1 follows Carl Erskine from his youth in the burgeoning industrial town of Anderson, Indiana, through meeting Jackie Robinson and signing a Major League Baseball contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In between, it covers Carl’s deep friendship with Johnny Wilson, and the courage the two of them — Carl being White, Johnny being Black — showed in navigating the racism of the era. Produced by Ted Green Films in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and Special Olympics Indiana, this film shows Carl's life themes of friendship, loyalty, acceptance, inclusion, diginity, leadership, and social change.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
08/14/2022
The Best We've Got: The Carl Erskine Story (Part 2)
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This is Part 2 of the educational version of the documentary about Carl Erskine, the last of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ storied “Boys of Summer” who had a profound social impact in diversity and inclusion. Carl was witness to Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball and the beginning of Special Olympics. Part 2 traces Carl’s colorful baseball career during the Golden Age of the sport, including his two no-hitters, World Series strikeout record and five World Series appearances. It also delves deeply into Carl’s relationship with Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first Black player, and shows how Carl was, according to the nation’s leading expert in diversity in sports, “one of the first white allies.” Produced by Ted Green Films in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and Special Olympics Indiana, this film shows Carl's life themes of friendship, loyalty, acceptance, inclusion, diginity, leadership, and social change.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
08/15/2022
The Best We've Got: The Carl Erskine Story (Part 3)
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This is Part 3 of the educational version of the documentary about Carl Erskine, the last of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ storied “Boys of Summer” who had a profound social impact in diversity and inclusion. Carl was witness to Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball and the beginning of Special Olympics. Part 3 opens with the birth of Carl’s son Jimmy, who has Down syndrome, and then dives back to show the mistreatment of people with intellectual disabilities that began in the United States’ Industrial Age. It then shows how the Erskines bucked the trend by not institutionalizing Jimmy and instead brought him home, and how they subsequently became national pioneers in the acceptance of people with special needs. Produced by Ted Green Films in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and Special Olympics Indiana, this film shows Carl's life themes of friendship, loyalty, acceptance, inclusion, diginity, leadership, and social change.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
08/15/2022
Champions for Inclusion
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In this lesson, students will compare inclusive and prejudicial behaviors. Additionally, students will identify how they can be positive toward their peers and utilize inclusive behaviors.

Subject:
Education
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
05/31/2022
Multiplying Kindness
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In this lesson, students will take action to demonstrate kindness to others in their school community. Additionally, students will use basic math skills of skip counting and/or multiplication to tally their actions. 

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Social Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
08/09/2022
Observing Inclusion
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In this lesson, students will observe a social group and identify the common traits shared by the group. They will compare the common traits and daily challenges of a group different from their own self-identified group to connect the meaningfulness of perseverance in varying contexts and people.

Subject:
Education
Sociology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
07/22/2022
Playing for Change: Interactive Notebook and Jigsaw
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After reading Playing for Change, students will have the opportunity to break into groups and do research about various subgroups and topics provided in the text. The intention is for this to be a jigsaw activity where groups can organize their information with the interactive notebook sheets provided, and then present or share with the class what they have learned. Teachers can use this for language arts or social studies assessments, if needed. 

Subject:
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
07/22/2022
Tree and Branches
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In this lesson, students will recognize and celebrate their differences and diversity within their classroom community by creating a classroom tree to display. Additionally, they will discuss the importance of inclusivity and acceptance.

Subject:
Education
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
08/09/2022
US Welcome Wagon: Welcoming Refugees
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In this lesson, students investigate how one person can make a difference. They will examine Neil Gaiman’s crowdsourcing fan ideas to develop a poem supporting refugees.Students tap into their creativity to create a “welcome to the US” resource for refugees. The resource places the student in a mentor role to the refugee(s). It shares vital themes that refugees need to know/be able to do to thrive and succeed as a member of US society.

Subject:
Education
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
07/25/2022
Wanna Play? (Read Aloud)
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Story tells how Calr Erskine became lifelong friends with Johnny Wilson, then Jackie Robinson.  Also, learn the story of how Carl compares his World Series ring and son Jimmy’s Special Olympics medal. This video is 8:37 minutes.32 pages Suggested for grades 1-3  ISBN: 979-8-9863985-0-1Library of Congress: HM831. E77 E65 2022

Subject:
Elementary Education
Speaking and Listening
Sociology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Reading
Author:
Special Olympics Indiana
Date Added:
08/06/2022