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60 Student-Centered Teaching Strategies

These strategies promote students’ literacy and critical thinking skills within a respectful classroom climate.

Lesson Plan

6 + 1 Trait Writing

Are you the best writing teacher you can be? These instructional materials and customized training can help improve your writing instruction and ability to help students achieve the quality of writing called for in the Common Core State Standards.

Professional Development Course

National Hispanic Heritage Month, Grades 6-8

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more for grades 6-8.

Themed Package

December Holidays Lessons & Resources, Grades 6-12

Celebrate the holiday season and learn how others celebrate with these lessons and resources on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ashura, Pongal, and New Years for grades 6-12.

Themed Package

Spelling and Vocabulary, Grades 6-8

Resources for learning and practicing language arts skills for grades 6-8.

Themed Package

Teaching Students to Prevent Bullying

Curriculum Resources Address Identifying, Confronting and Stopping Bullying

Lesson Plan

Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom, Grades K-5

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzebooks, and movies for grades K-5.

Lesson Plan; Themed Package

Veterans Day Activities, Grades 6-8

Lesson plans, activities, and resources for grades 6-8 focus on wartime service and sacrifice.

Themed Package

Bringing Poetry to the Classroom, Grades 6-8

Make poetry a more important part of your grades 6-8 curriculum with our recommended lessons, activities, and video/audio readings.

Themed Package

Flag Day Resources

These recommended web sites explore the history of the stars and stripes through images, songs, timelines, crafts and activities, lesson plans, interactive quizzes and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Columbus Day, Grades K-5

Columbus Day is celebrated in the U.S., Spain, and many countries in Latin America. Whether Christopher Columbus is thought of positively or negatively depends on point-of-view. The following themed package for grades K-5 presents a rangs of opinions.

Themed Package

Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation

Navigation, or wayfinding, is the subject of the Exploratorium website Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation. Find ideas for projects and activities in social studies, language arts, science, art, and math.

Multimedia

Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom, Grades 6-8

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies for all grades 6-8.

Lesson Plan; Themed Package

Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

ProCon.org is a clearinghouse for accurate and unbiased information on important controversial public issues. Resources will help students explore both sides of every issue and sharpen their critical thinking skills.

Background Reading

Halloween Lessons, Activities & Resources, Grades K-5

Pumpkin carving traditions began in Scotland and Ireland with the carving of turnip lanterns. Make your own, carve a virtual pumpkin, download patterns for state-of-the-art pumpkins, and have fun on Halloween with this themed package for grades K-5.

Lesson Plan; Themed Package

Teaching Harry Potter

The latest Harry Potter movie is playing in local theaters. Here are lessons, activities, and resources to add to the fun.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Themed Package

Teaching About the 1963 March on Washington

August 28, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. Examine the March with these lessons, background resources, audios, and videos.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Teaching Resources for Non-Mandated Curriculum

Teaching resources for the arts, performing arts, foreign languages and financial literacy.

Themed Package

High School Journalism

Lesson plans, Journalism 101, downloadable 1st Amendment Poster, and links to games-based learning resources. From HSJ.org and the American Society of News Editors (ASNE).

Multimedia

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more for grades K-12.

Themed Package

Comic Strips Created by You

students write and illustrate their own comic strips online and e-mail them to family and friends. It’s available in seven languages.

Multimedia

Common Sense Media

This web site provides materials to help teachers partner with parents to teach kids how to be safe and smart in today’s 24/7 media world.

Multimedia; Professional Development Course

Constitution Day

September 17th is Constitution Day. These lessons, activities, and other resources for grades K-12 will help students understand the men and the ideas that created the Constitution of the United States.

Themed Package

Constitution Day, Grades 6-8

September 17th is Constitution Day. These lessons, activities, and other resources for grades 6 - 8 will help students understand the men and the ideas that created the Constitution of the United States.

Themed Package

Constitution Day, Grades 9-12

September 17th is Constitution Day. These lessons, activities, and other resources for grades 9-12 will help students understand the men and the ideas that created the Constitution of the United States.

Themed Package