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History of the English Language

The BBC and British Library both have interactive timelines describing the development of the English language. The BBC site is suitable for grades 6-8 and the British Library site for grades 9-12.

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

10 Things for Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is August 26 and commemorates passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting the right to vote to women. These resources help grades K-12 learn about the suffrage movement and the 19th Amendment.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

Rethinking Columbus

The traditional story of Christopher Columbus: What is fact? What is fiction? Help K-12 learners explore the reconsideration of the discovery of America with these resources.

Article; Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez Day is March 31st. The following lessons and resources will help commemorate the plight of Chavez: organizing farm workers to improve their lives and working conditions and his legacy in American history.

Lesson Plan

Clean Energy Education

Lesson plans, activities and resources that empower students to make informed choices and develop creative solutions to environmental challenges.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Lemelson-MIT Program

This award-winning web site celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires 3-12 learners to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

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

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

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

A Sightseer’s Guide to Engineering

This virtual field trip takes students through each of the 50 states to visit engineering projects. The resource could support social studies or STEM classes.

Background Reading; Multimedia

The Story of Stuff

Find short online movies and other resources that explore key features of our relationship with stuff. Resources examine sustainability, national debt, corporate power and democracy, electronics, cosmetics, bottled water, and cap and trade.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

10 Inauguration Day Resources

Students in all grade levels learn about the Presidential Inauguration and how it has changed over time with our recommended activities, background resources, primary source documents, videos, printables, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Quiz

Teaching Channel: Videos That Inspire Teaching

Find more than 800 videos of effective K-12 teaching practices, which can be searched by keyword or browsed, and filter by subject, grade, and topic. Registration is free and allows access to downloadable resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

More than 46,000 map images are available from a collection of 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world, including historical maps and thematic maps that show climate, energy, ethnography and religion, industry and economy, and more.

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

General History Resources: Games and Animations

A growing set of games and animations organized around broad historical periods for 5-12 learners, these resources make learning - and teaching - history fun!

Lesson Plan

United Nations Day

October 24th is United Nations Day. Reacquaint 3-12 students with the UN and its mission with these lessons and resources.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Peabody Essex Museum Classroom Resources For Teachers

Extend museum learning into your classroom with materials designed for K-12 learners to foster insights about themselves and other cultures.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

National Gallery of Art: Teachers

Bring art to your classroom with these lessons, activities, and interactives! Also browse teacher workshops and other professional development opportunities.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Math Central

This Canadian web site includes a searchable resource room, a Q&A database and question submission tool, biographies of mathematicians, problem of the month, and Math Beyond School, linking to articles addressing the question Where will I ever use math?

Lesson Plan

Elections

Use these K-12 lessons, activities, and resources to teach about elections, the party system, the history of voting and much more.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Themed Package