Films, Grades 3-5

A Message From the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Film. 2019. 7 minutes. The Intercept. Narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple. The film flips the script on our future by illustrating one where we survive climate change and thrive because we took action today.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Social Class
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Ruby Bridges

Film. Directed by Euzhan Palcy. 1998. 96 minutes. The true story of Ruby Bridges, the six-year-old girl who helped to integrate the all-white schools in New Orleans.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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The Story of Stuff Project

Film. By Annie Leonard. 2009. 21 minutes. Series of short films on environmental and economic issues that make complicated issues easy to understand for middle school to adult viewers.
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Science
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Unlearning “Indian” Stereotypes (DVD) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Unlearning “Indian” Stereotypes

Slideshow on DVD. 1977, updated in 2008. Rethinking Schools and the Council on Interracial Books for Children. Native American history through the eyes of Native American children.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Native American
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