Ruby Bridges Book Activities

Use these Ruby Bridges book activities to learn about the heroic actions of a 6 year-old, and extend the themes and content of the book.
Ruby Bridges and the Desegregation of American Schools Novel Effect book activities.

Ruby Bridges is an American Hero! Many know Ruby from the picture of her first day of school. Federal marshals flanked her as she entered an all-white school. This began the road to desegregation. These Ruby Bridges book activities extend the themes and content of this remarkably true story.

Ruby Bridges Book Activities

Introduce Ruby to readers by showing them the iconic Rockwell painting The Problem We All Live With. Note that offensive language is shown and you may want to preview it before sharing with students.

After reading Chapter 1, visit BrainPop to watch a brief video and take a quiz about Ruby Bridges. 

The sounds of the Civil Rights Movement are a great example of how music can also teach us about history.

Wrap up learning about Ruby Bridges by brainstorming ways to positively bring change. 

About the Book and Soundscape

Ruby Bridges and the Desegregation of American SchoolsRuby Bridges walked into William Frantz Elementary School in 1960 at the age of six. As the first black student at an all-white school, she made history. Music guides the emotional tone throughout the story, including jazz and piano ballads.

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

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