On September 4, 1907, anti-immigrant backlash erupted into riots in the city of Bellingham, Washington. The resultant violence drove more than 100 South Asian immigrants from the city and, ultimately, the United States. The Sikh Coalition has created a lesson plan and teacher talking points to help you explore this historical event with your students.
The true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon, shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community.---------------Authors: Simran Jeet Singh (Penguin Random House) & The Sikh Coalition ---------------This video component with the author can provide additional context.
This inquiry leads students through an investigation of Sikhism and the challenges and opportunities the Sikh community has faced over time. By investigating the compelling question “How do religious communities respond to challenges and opportunities?” students evaluate how the Sikh community has responded to different social, historical, and political changes as members immigrated and integrated into the United States.
Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion, from pink for dancing to bhangra beats to red for courage. He especially takes care with his patka—his turban—smoothing it out and making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet’s mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, all he wants is to be invisible. Will he ever feel a happy sunny yellow again?-------------Authors: Supriya Kelkar (Sterling’s Childrens Books) & The Sikh Coalition
The Oak Creek Public Library, in conjunction with the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, has put together a collection of books about Sikhs and Sikhism.
This is an article written by PBS that addresses Sikh Americans push for greater visibility, awareness against years of hate crimes, and misunderstandings.
This resource provides simple and fun ways to create Sikh awareness in elementary school classrooms through sharing about holidays. Whether you are a student, parent or teacher, this guide includes something for you!
This resource is a 49:32 recording of the first session of the Sikn Heritage Online Study Circle, which provides an introducation to the Sikh: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d9bxCtxo9ATHCciel-RWDjPD0BBf42Ft/view?usp=sharing.
This resource is a 1:08:17 recording of the second session of the Sikn Heritage Online Study Circle, which focuses on Sikh immigration to the United States: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aS-UfhehHv8l29wKwWHkqhnlffU2HPzE/view?usp=sharing.
There are more than 25 million Sikhs around the world, which makes Sikhi (also known as Sikhism) the fifth-largest major world religion. Yet the Sikh tradition remains largely unknown in the US and is often absent from the K-12 education system. Where it has been present, Sikhi has often been represented inaccurately. These problems have contributed to the serious challenges that many Sikh students and Sikhs at large experience today, including bullying and harassment, negative stereotypes, discriminatory policies, vandalism and violent hate crimes. This guide aims to help facilitate learning about Sikhs and Sikhi in K-12 classrooms, provide educators with information about issues faced by Sikh children in schools, and give basic reference information about the Sikh tradition.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Sikh Coalition partnered together to facili-pate a five week online study circle with Wisconsin educators, community members, and family members to learn about Sikh heritage, culture, contributions to the U.S., and experiences. This resource is a compilation of the slides used at the five sessions. It contains links to articles and videos.
Super Satya is ready to have a super day, including finally conquering the tallest slide in Hoboken. But her day takes a not-so-super turn when she realizes her superhero cape is stuck at the dry cleaner. Will she be able to face her fears, help her friends and be the true hero everyone knows she is? Super Satya Saves The Day introduces Satya, a precocious Indian-American superhero.-----------------------Authors: Raakhee Mirchandani (Mango & Marigold Press) & The Sikh Coalition
3rd Grade Cultural Diversity Inquiry:
1. What do things people wear say about them?
2. What do things Sikhs wear say about them?
3. Why do people wear that?