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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

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

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

The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing will make a good introduction to a design unit or in subject with a creative element, from academic paper writing to science fair projects.

Lesson Plan

Black History Month Lessons & Resources, Grades K-5

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 K-5.

Themed Package

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

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

Veterans Day Activities, Grades 6-8

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

Themed Package

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

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

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

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

Exploring Impressionism, Grades 6-8

Students in grade levels 6-8 learn about artists’ lives and explore their art with lessons, galleries, activities, and videos.

Lesson Plan; Themed Package

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Grades K-5

Help students in grades K-5 levels put in perspective the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

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

The Great Depression for Kids

An excellent complement for social studies lessons on The Great Depression with age-appropriate and kid-centric stories of struggle and survival. Recommended for grades 4 and up. Extra resources are listed here also.

Background Reading; Leader/Contact

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

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

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Help students in all grade levels put in perspective the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

Themed Package

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Grades 6-8

Help students in grades 6-8 put in perspective the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

Themed Package

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Grades 9-12

Help students in grades 9-12 put in perspective the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

Themed Package