Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009
Lesson Plan: Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel
University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama
Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln in Buenos Aires, Argentina
This lesson plan is based on the book, Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel, and is useful for teaching about immigration to the United States. Students create a timeline with Miss Bridie’s life story while also learning about wants and needs. Historical photographs and other sources assist students as they analyze early immigrants’ common characteristics, reasons for moving, and challenges. Another NCSS Notable Trade Book, Coming to America: A Muslim Family’s Story, is used to compare early and modern immigration. This plan may be adapted, as needed, for grades 2-5.
About the Author(s)…
Janie Hubbard is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, while also teaching part-time at Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Janie’s research interests include teacher collaboration through lesson study and social studies teaching and learning methods.
Contact Email: JDH1017@aol.com