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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

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

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

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

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

20 Free iPad Apps for Educators

A variety of teaching and learning materials to access from your iPad.

Lesson Plan

Five Free Underground Railroad Resources

Five of our favorite curriculum resources on The Underground Railroad for grades K-12 include lesson plans, interactive maps, timelines and biographies.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Dickens 2012

On February 7, 2012, Charles Dickens enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentennial of the author’s birthday. These curriculum resources will help you bring the celebration to your classroom.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Women’s History Month, Grades 6-8

Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life with these interdisciplinary resources for grades 6-8.

Themed Package

12 Free Things for St. Patrick’s Day

Curriculum resources include videos, arts & crafts, printables, worksheets, interactive maps, and tutorials for all grade levels, and explore Irish culture, history and traditions.

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

Annenberg Learner’s Interactives

22 learning modules from Annenberg Learner provide activities that improve skills in math, science, language, history, and arts. Though a few resources are aimed at elementary students, most are intended for secondary.

Learning Game

Mother Goose Day

May 1st is Mother Goose Day. Explore one of the largest collections of rhymes for children with online texts, video and audio recordings, illustrations, recipes, fingerplays and costume suggestions.

Multimedia

10 Free Things for Mother’s Day

From poetry to decorative gifts and a variety of arts & crafts projects big and small, find ideas for celebrating motherhood with students at all grade levels.

Multimedia; Printable

TED-Ed Video Library

This growing library of educational videos represents collaborations between teachers and animators. Classroom teachers can use, tweak, or rewrite lessons, or create their own lessons, based on any useful educational video.

Multimedia

National Park Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip

Grades 4-8 can learn about various topics (e.g., civil rights, climate change) through electronic field trips to national parks. There are more than a dozen EFTs archived on the site, each with an on-demand video and related lessons.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

ArtThink

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art provides theme-based activities for students in grades 4 and above at the ArtThink website. The site encourages a close study of visual art and asks students to make connections with literature and history.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Finding Information on the Internet

UC Berkeley Library offers an online tutorial covering search strategies, search tools, recommendations for evaluating web pages and other resources that will be of interest to educators and secondary students.

Background Reading

Ten Free Things for Valentine’s Day

Make February 14th a special day with classroom resources for all grades, including arts & crafts projects, creative writing ideas, historical resources, and more.

Learning about Independence Day

Learn about the men and ideas that influenced the writing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence and how the 4th of July has been celebrated over the years with these lessons, activities, and classroom resources.

Themed Package

35 Poets Read Their Work

Each entry includes a short introduction to spark student interest, questions for discussion, teaching tips, and links to standards

Multimedia

Japanese Kites at the New Year

These resources explain the cultural and historical importance of kites in Japan. Teachers will find downloadable student readings on kite shapes, kite flying, and Japanese kites at the New Year.

Lesson Plan; Printable

Favorite Poem - Videos

A collection of 50 short video documentaries showcasing Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love.

Multimedia

Hopeful Voices

The nonprofit organization My Class Cares released a curriculum supplement called Hopeful Voices, a collection of essays written by youth around the world whose challenges have given them much to share about life and hope.

Multimedia

International Children's Digital Library (ICDL)

The ICDL is a digital collection of international children's books for children ages 3-13. 4000 titles in 50 languages, reflects diverse cultures, perspectives, and historical periods. All books can be read online for free.

Multimedia