The Story of Ruby Bridges Activities for 1-5

The Story of Ruby Bridges activities engage students in summarizing, sequencing, author's purpose, and other ELA skills.
The Story of Ruby Bridges book cover with thumbnail images of free activity sheets and Novel Effect app on phone

The Story of Ruby Bridges Activities

Pair The Story of Ruby Bridges Novel Effect read-aloud with no prep book activities to keep students engaged. Select from over a dozen activities that support English Language Arts and History.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:Novel Effect activity pages for the book The Story of Ruby Bridges

  • color a picture of Ruby.
  • complete a puzzle of a school.
  • build sentences based on the story.
  • compare and contrast.
  • write about character traits.
  • sort parts of speech.
  • create a timeline of events.
  • research and write about Ruby Bridges.
  • sort facts about Ruby Bridges.
  • write about bravery.
  • determine the author’s purpose.
  • write about story vocabulary.
  • answer reflection and comprehension questions.
  • play 20 questions. 
  • watch a video to learn about Ruby Bridges.
  • reflect on and respond to comprehension questions and writing prompts.

Activities can be used to differentiate instruction for students, to provide them with a choice, or to focus on a particular skill.

Download The Story of Ruby Bridges Activities

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About the Book and Soundscape

Six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have just moved from Mississippi to New Orleans to find a better life. After a judge orders Ruby to go to an all-white school, Ruby faces angry mobs of parents who won’t let their kids go. More than 60 years later, Ruby’s story of courage, faith, and hope still resonates.

In this heartfelt soundscape, you’ll hear vocalist Kyler Wilkins throughout the soundscape. In addition, soundscape designer Landon Ashby plays the clarinet, sax, and flute. The combination of the both helps readers and listeners deeply understand the setting and events of the story. This soundscape features familiar vocals and melodies. While reading with Novel Effect, you’ll hear pieces of Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Deep Down in My Heart, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, and Wade in the Water.

Download the Novel Effect app to bring stories to life with music and sound that respond to your voice. 

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