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Black History Month Lessons & Resources, Grades 6-8

To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, we offer a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit grades 6-8.

Themed Package

Black History Month Lessons & Resources, Grades 9-12

To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, we offer a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit grades 9-12.

Themed Package

Teaching About the Selma to Montgomery Marches, Grades 6-12

Lessons, activities & other curriculum resources for teaching grades 6-12 about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches, nonviolent activism, the Voting Rights Movement, and more.

Themed Package

Classroom Resources for Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, and South Africa

These lessons and resources will provide biographical information and historical context for a study on Nelson Mandela and his contributions to the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Otis Jiry’s Creepypasta Crypt

The name Otis Jiry's Creepypasta Crypt says it all! Language Arts students in grades 6-12 listen to masterful storyteller Otis Jiry interpret novels and stories from the horror genre. Perfect resource for Haloween or stormy days and nights

EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) offers these tools and professional development resources to help teachers implement Common Core State Standards.

Best Practice

“Here I Am” and Immigration-Themed Resources

"Here I Am" weaves the tale of a young immigrant boy’s first journey to his new home in America. From social studies, to narrative writing, to art - this contemplative, wordless picture book and additional resources are lesson rich.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Google Search Education

Help your students become better searchers. Google Search Education provides lessons, activities, posters, tips, and webinars to help teachers hone their own and their students’ web search skills.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Printable

Nellie Bly

This Web site celebrates the life and journalistic achievements of a pioneering investigative reporter and female war correspondent. It’s a good supplementary resource for grades 5-8 social studies and language arts and grades 9-12 journalism.

Background Reading

Picture Book Month Freebie

Find dozens of classroom activities associated with popular picture books from more than 20 authors, plus a Teacher’s guide with suggestions for ELA, math, science, and social studies.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Highlights for High School: MIT OpenCourseWare

Enrichment courses and exam prep materials from MIT include video lectures, lecture notes, transcripts, assignments and solutions, and cover subjects ranging from biology and physics to writing, music and the arts.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Emily Dickinson Archive

The Emily Dickinson Archive is a cooperative endeavor making available for the first time in one online location high-resolution images of manuscripts of poems.

Background Reading

Letters of Note

This collection of letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos includes works by Doris Lessing, Jane Austen, a former slave, Nikolai Tesla, and others. The database is searchable. Scans and photos are included whenever possible.

Background Reading

We Knew JFK

A new oral history project makes available more than 1200 interviews recorded shortly after JKF’s death. The interviews have been classified for the last 50 years. Related educational materials help integrate them into school curricula.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Just For Kids

This site from the University of Illinois Extensionhas 23 interactives for students in grades K-8, covering concepts in animals, weather, volcanoes, exercise, nutrition, friendship, conflict resolution, and more.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

NewsHour Extra: Poetry

This collection of poetry resources includes lessons, audio and video of poets reading their works, and short videos of individuals (e.g., a 5th grade student) explaining the personal significance of a poem and then reading it.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Voices Across Time

These resources will be music to grade 6-12 students' ears - literally! Supplement your American History curriculum with these lessons crafted around the music and songs that mark events and eras.

Lesson Plan

Institute of Play

These award-winning resources use game-like approaches to learning across the curriculum, where students solve real world problems relevant to the technologies that shape their lives - and futures

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Wormworld Saga Graphic Novel

Even your most reluctant readers will be drawn to the critically acclaimed Wormworld Saga graphic novel and additional resources assembled to motivate reading and inspire creativity.

Article; Background Reading; Multimedia

Cultural Equity Research Center

Music marks eras and defines periods in history. Use these musical lessons and activities to supplement K-12 social studies curriculum and illustrate the importance of keeping communities connected to their creative heritage.

Lesson Plan

Science of Music

Bring music to your K-5 students' ears and supplement aspects of music intruction with these scientific explorations of the study of music and sound.

Multimedia

Teaching About the Selma to Montgomery Marches

Lessons, activities & other curriculum resources for teaching grades K-12 about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches, nonviolent activism, the Voting Rights Movement, and more.

Themed Package

Teaching About the Selma to Mongomery Marches, Grades K-5

Lessons, activities & other curriculum resources for teaching grades K-5 about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches, nonviolent activism, the Voting Rights Movement, and more.

Themed Package

Exploring Rembrandt

Explore the life and paintings of this 17th-centurey master artist with a collection of Web sites that collectively offer: 500+ downloadable images of his paintings; videos on his life, society, art and artistic techniques; and, teaching guides.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Flag Day Resources

Seven 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