Rosa Parks printables: notebooking page, timeline, word scramble, Venn diagram

Rosa Parks FREE Unit Study

Rosa Parks was a brave woman who worked hard her whole life to promote civil rights.  She is best known for not giving up her seat on a bus to a white man.  However, she had already been helping Black people register to vote long before that.  She was also instrumental in organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycott that immediately followed her arrest.

Learn all about her in this unit study and then have your children think about problems in their community they can help solve!

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Download this FREE unit study all about the amazing Rosa Parks. Read the book, watch the videos, and complete the notebooking pages and other printables.

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The Book about Rosa Parks

The Rosa Parks unit study is based upon Who Was Rosa Parks?. This book shares about Rosa’s childhood and how she became an activist for civil rights.  Learn about many other civil rights activists and how they achieved their goals.

You could use this book as a read aloud or have 3rd-5th graders read it on their own. The book works well spread out over 3-5 days.

Who Was Rosa Parks?
  • McDonough, Yona Zeldis (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 12/23/2010 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

The Rosa Parks FREE Printable Unit Study

The printable unit study includes the following:

Notebooking pages about Rosa Parks’ life.

A timeline activity to chart Rosa Parks’ life and work.

Civil Rights Word Scramble: Unscramble words about the Civil Rights Movement

Compare and Contrast Activities: Compare the daily lives of African-Americans before and after the Civil Rights Movement.

A following direction activity that teaches US geography while sharing about Rosa Parks’ life.

Become an Activist: Two notebooking sheets to help you identify a problem to solve, research the problem, make a plan of action and then state whether your action was successful in solving the problem.

Rosa Parks printables: map activity and Be an Activist planning sheet.

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Videos about Rosa Parks

This short video will give your children a good introduction to Rosa Parks. (Approx. 5 min.)

Your children can research more about Rosa Parks at

Virtual Museum Tour

This video leads you through the Rosa Parks museum with some narration. (4 min.)


Learn about the Civil Rights Movement

An overview of the Civil Rights Movement for younger children (5 min.):

An overview of the Civil Rights Movement for older children (12 min.):

We Shall Overcome was the theme song of the Civil Rights Movement.  Watch it performed here by the Morehouse College Glee Club.  (4 min.):

You can learn more about Civil Rights over at Ducksters.

Become an Activist

In the free printable above, there are two notebooking sheets about identifying a problem in the world or your community and then coming up with a plan to help with that problem.  Here is an inspiring video to get your kids started (Approx. 3 min.):

Other Resources and Activities

Draw a picture of Rosa Parks.

Learn about Civil Rights and geography with this Interactive Civil Rights Trail Map.

Research what it takes to register to vote in your state.

Read one of the books Rosa Parks wrote:

Rosa Parks: My Story
  • Parks, Rosa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 01/01/1999 (Publication Date) - Puffin Books (Publisher)
I Am Rosa Parks (Penguin Young Readers, Level 4)
  • Parks, Rosa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 12/01/1999 (Publication Date) - Penguin Young Readers (Publisher)

Other Resources

Great books about Rosa Parks for younger children:

I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Meltzer, Brad (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 06/17/2014 (Publication Date) - Rocky Pond Books (Publisher)
A Picture Book of Rosa Parks (Picture Book Biography)
  • non-fiction african american book set
  • non-fiction black book set
  • non-fiction african american children's book set
  • non-fiction black children's book set
  • Adler, David A. (Author)

Other Who Was… books about the Civil Rights Movement:

What Was the March on Washington?
  • Krull, Kathleen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 02/07/2013 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)
What Is the Civil Rights Movement? (What Was?)
  • Smith, Sherri L. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 12/29/2020 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)




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