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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

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

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

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

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

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

Women in the American Civil War

How and why did hundreds of women disguise themselves as men to fight in the Civil War? Students 3-12 get these answers and much more in our resources covering a little-known yet fascinating aspect of American history.

Lesson Plan; 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

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 School Lunch Week

The second week in October is National School Lunch Week! Use these resources to learn about the National School Lunch Program and other organizations that support low cost healthy options for children each school day.

Background Reading; Themed Package

The Manhattan Project and Trinity

Suitable for students in grades 5-12, (see individual resource grade recommendations) this resource package features a graphic novel, lessons, video and printables that cover the development, politics, use, and consequences of the atomic bomb.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Ethical Issues

As students navigate self-discovery, they start developing their own sets of values. We've compiled these resources to help you teach about ethical decision-making, philosophies, and ethical issues in society today.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan

International Day Of Peace Resources

Observed around the globe annually on September 21, the International Day of Peace is dedicated to the absence of war and violence. Use these resources to teach about peace, conflict, and justice.

Article; Background Reading; Lesson Plan

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

December Holidays Lessons & Resources, Grades K-5

Celebrate the holiday season and learn how others celebrate with these lessons and resources for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ashura, Pongal, and New Years for grades K-5.

Themed Package

December Holidays Lessons & Resources

Celebrate the holiday season and learn how others celebrate with these interdisciplinary lessons and resources about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ashura, Pongal, and New Years for all grades.

Themed Package

EXCITE!

This public health web site is a collection of teaching and reference materials developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to introduce and excite youth about the knowledge and skills used by public health professionals.

Multimedia

Exploring Impressionism

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

Themed Package

Exploring Impressionism, Grades K-5

Students in grade levels K-5 learn about artists’ lives and explore their art with lessons, galleries, activities, and videos.

Themed Package

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

This web site has teaching and learning resources from federal agencies, which include animations, primary docs, photos, and videos.

Multimedia

Flight - Celebrating the First 100 Years

Learn more about the Wright brothers' historic flight with these NEA-recommended online resources.

Themed Package

Geography Awareness Week

The theme for Geography Awareness Week 2014 is The Future of Food. The following lessons and activities focus on how the geography of food affects - and connects - us all.

Themed Package

George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

Today, some of Washington’s 110 rules of civil behavior may seem peculiar or silly, but their focus is on others rather than our own self-interests. They urge us to treat everyone with respect.

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