Freedom on the Menu

Tomorrow, in my fifth grade class, we are reading Freedom on the Menu. This picture  book depicts the actions of a few brave students in Greensboro, North Carolina, who staged a sit-in at the lunch counter in Woolworth’s. Their actions had a significant impact on the Civil Rights Movement in the South and perpetuated the idea of peaceful resistance. This book is excellent for any age classroom, and it’s lessons are paramount any time.


I found this excellent guide to the book from Thinkfinity that can be used for vocabulary, themes, and historical connections.

Here’s a Readers’ Theater script to accompany the book, as well, that we might try.

This website about the Greensboro Sit-Ins is also great for a primary source connection.

This YouTube video shows an interview with one of the Greensboro Four, years after the sit-ins.

Discovery Education offers an amazing resource to enhance this story with students and allow them to build connections. Check out…

February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four: This video provides the first hand, historical context for Freedom on the Menu. While the video, itself, is over 30 minutes, I will be using segments of it (don’t you just love this option with DE?!) with my fifth graders.