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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

Moana (2016)

This Disney film blends elements of myth and culture from different parts of Polynesia. These K-12 classroom resources can help you craft lessons and learning opportunities around the movie's theme.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Teaching About 9/11

These lessons and resources will help provide age appropriate K-12 context for examining events before, during, and after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Printable

Studying Ancient Egypt, Grades 6-8

Learn about ancient Egyptians with these lessons and videos, activities, and games for grades 6-8.

Themed Package

The Berlin Wall

The rise, the fall, and the symbolism from both sides of the Berlin Wall: this media-rich lesson package for grades 9-12 will help recreate the mood of the Cold War and the wall that became a striking symbol of it.

Lesson Plan; Themed Package

Resources for Teaching Financial Literacy

Use these resources to supplement your curriculum and help students gain the financial literacy skills they’ll need to manage their financial resources effectively throughout their lives.

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

Understanding the Stock Market

The interconnected economies of nations is more evident than ever. The following lessons, activities, resources, and videos provide a basic understanding of stocks and the market including their relevance in the United States and the world.

Lesson Plan

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

Interactive United States History Map

United States History Map is an interactive map collection for social studies students in grades 5-8. Separate modules provide information and test understanding. Depending on test performance students can review or move on to the next module.

Background Reading; Quiz

Understanding Migration

Why do large groups of people move from place to place about the planet? This is a prolific set of resources addressing human migration over history and into the present day.

Lesson Plan

19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote, was ratified on August 18, 1920. These resources help mark an important step in recognizing this moment in US history and equal rights for all citizens.

Article; Background Reading; Lesson Plan

National Hispanic Heritage Month, Grades K-5

Description & Tease: Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more for grades K-5.

Themed Package

How Congress Works

Developed for students and the general public, access learning modules from the Center on Congress that present rich content in an engaging format.

Multimedia; Tool

Iditarod in the Classroom

Follow the 1,150 mile trek from Anchorage to Nome with these lessons and activities for all grades.

Themed Package

Iditarod Resources for Grades 6-8

Follow the 1,150 mile trek from Anchorage to Nome with these lessons and activities for grades X-X

Themed Package

Iditarod Resources for Grades 9-12

Follow the 1,150 mile trek from Anchorage to Nome with these lessons and activities for grades 9-12

Themed Package

Iditarod Resources for Grades K-5

Follow the 1,150 mile trek from Anchorage to Nome with these lessons and activities for grades K-5

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Immigration Stories

This site provides stories about coming to the United States as an immigrant – stories include: a boy who arrived in 1920; three kids who recently arrived from India, Kenya, and Viet Nam and a girl who arrived from China in 1933.

Multimedia

Learning about Independence Day, Grades 6-12

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 other resources.

Themed Package

Learning about Independence Day, Grades K-5

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 other resources.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Printable; Themed Package

Informed Voter Education in the Classroom

The following resources have been collected to help guide the lesson as educators begin to instruct students on the struggles that led to the voting rights all are currently afforded.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Interactive Folio: Romeo and Juliet

You and your students will enjoy reading The Bard online in this interactive format. It makes studying Romeo and Juliet a lot more engaging.

Multimedia

Islam Empire of Faith: Educational Resources

Students learn about Muhammad and Islam and construct fact cubes and create textile designs and posters comparing two "Renaissance Men," one of them being the Sultan Suleiman.

Multimedia

John Brown & Harpers Ferry

On October 16, 1859, the abolitionist John Brown and 22 followers captured the U.S. Armory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. The following lessons, resources, and activities set and describe an important event leading to the American Civil War.

Themed Package