Elementary Curricula


FarmWorker Comix
To honor the 50th anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike, which resulted in the founding of the United Farm Workers, the committee produced this comic book history. Written by elementary teacher Bill Morgan, and beautifully illustrated by Zap Comix artist Spain Rodriguez and Jos Sances, the bilingual booklet traces workers’ struggle for dignity in California’s fields from the 19th century through the UFW. 4th grade and up. 28 pages. Spanish/English. $3

Mission Labor
The real story about what happened in the California missions under Spanish and Mexican rule. Who built the missions? How were the workers treated? What was the impact of this type of work on the California Indian population?  Written by veteran elementary teacher Bill Morgan, with beautiful illustrations by award-winning artist Jos Sances. Fourth and fifth grade. 24 pages. Spanish/English. $3

Let Me Tell You About This Man: Cesar Chavez, Union Organizer
A biography of the most successful farm labor organizer in American history, the man who built the first farm workers union that lasted. An icon for Latinos and unionists alike, Chavez created a movement based in the principles of union organizing and non-violent civil disobedience. For fourth and fifth grade. 24 pages. Spanish/English. $3

I, Tomato
A booklet for fourth graders, chronicling the life of a tomato—from the point of view of the tomato, with an emphasis on its interactions with workers who nurture it from seed to your table. Gives children a sense of the work that goes into food production and distribution. Includes study questions. 24 pages. Spanish/English. $3

The Yummy Pizza Company: A Labor Studies Curriculum for Elementary Schools
Ten lesson plans for elementary students (grades 1-5) introducing them to the world of work in a pizza factory simulation. Students learn how to apply for jobs, to work cooperatively on an assembly line, to retail their wares, to bank their earnings and—most importantly—to resolve conflicts through organization and negotiation. Available with student handouts in Spanish. 30 pages. $3 Common core standards correlations

The Yummy Strawberry Company
Substitute for The Yummy Pizza Company if you don’t have access to cooking facilities. Same basic idea, but rearranged for simpler cooking. For elementary students (grades 1-5) introducing them to the world of work in a chocolate dipped strawberry company simulation. Students apply for jobs, work cooperatively on an assembly line, retail their wares, bank their earnings and participate in collective bargaining. 30 pages. $3

Trouble in the Hen House: A Puppet Show

Flexible elementary curriculum based on a play and puppet show about hens organizing against a mean farmer. Read as a story to K-1 students; grades 2-3 children can stage the puppet show; grades 4-5, use in a ‘readers theater’ format or students can stage play for a younger group. Students can make puppets and learn about the potential for power in collective action. 20 pages. $3

Along the Shore

A coloring book for grades K-3 presents scenes from the lives of working people, focusing especially on longshore workers, but including many others, and simply but effectively showing the importance of unions in workers’ lives. Excellent for geography lessons as well. 24 pages. Spanish/English. $3


A full-color comic book history of the United Automobile Workers, one of the most important industrial unions of the mid-20th century, and central to the creation of the American Dream for millions of workers over several generations. Written by Bill Morgan and illustrated by Bill Yund, Suitable for middle school and up. 28 pages. $3