George Washington Carver: Struggle for Education - FREE

by  George Washington Carver National Monument

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lesson focuses on numerous obstacles George Washington Carver faced and
overcame in order to earn his education and how he became a role model of
perseverance and success. 

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4

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Maximum participants:

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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George Washington Carver National Monument

Diamond, MO
United States

George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond,
Missouri is the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver.
Established in 1943, it is the first unit of the National Park Service established
to honor an African American.

Diane Eilenstein

Program Details


This program explores the early life of George Washington Carver, utilizing a variety of photos. Next, students will be asked to present their questions to the park ranger. We will compare schooling today with schooling during Carver's life. The last activity, if time allows, is a lesson from the Original Blue Back Speller, the same book Carver used during his early school years.


Following this program, students will list three obstacles to education that George Washington Carver faced, two states where he lived while going to school, and one helpful character trait he possessed.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.RF.4a -- Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.RL.4 -- Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.RF.4a -- Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.RL.4 -- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RF.4a -- Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

State Standards

Social Studies

3a.C.2-4 Identify and describe the historical significance of the individuals from Missouri who have made contributions to our state and nation.

3a.G.3 Describe the consequences of the Civil War in Missouri including on education, transportation, and communication.

MUSWH.3a.B.4.a. Knowledge of the ways Missourians have interacted, survived and progressed from the distant past to present times: Identify and describe the significance of the individuals from Missouri who have made contributions to our state and national heritage; examples include Lewis and Clark, Mary Easton Sibley, John Berry Meacham, George Washington Carver, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mark Twain, Harry S Truman and Thomas Hart Benton

MUSWH.3a.L.4.a. Understanding the causes and consequences of the Civil War: Describe the changes in Missouri since the Civil War in education, transportation and communication