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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

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

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

Teaching K-12 Economics

Teaching K-12 Economics provides lessons, projects, and support resources for grades K-5 and 6-12. The resources are keyed to national curriculum standards. Teachers can search by concept, standard, or lesson.

Lesson Plan

Teaching Folklore

Our recommended resources will help you find folktale retellings from North and South America, as well as lesson plans and activities to help students understand common elements of myths, fairy tales, folklore and tall tales.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

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

Just For Kids

This site from the University of Illinois Extensionhas 23 interactives for students in grades K-8, covering concepts in animals, weather, volcanoes, exercise, nutrition, friendship, conflict resolution, and more.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

A Different Mirror For Young People: A History of Multicultural America

For K-12 social studies learners: American history from the persepctive of minority groups who settled the continent. Lesson plans, support materials, and a teaching guide are included.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Jazz Class (Smithsonian)

Turn your grades 3-6 music and social studies learners into jazz cats with these resources and activities covering the history of jazz, its importance in American culture, and its influence on the music in their own playlists.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

AASL Lesson Plans

From the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), this web sit offers lesson plans across the curriculum from the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database.

Lesson Plan

Lit2Go

This FREE collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format can be used as read-along or as supplemental material for your poetry learners.

Multimedia; Printable

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

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

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

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Bring the learning opportunities of the Smithsonian into your classroom with this dynamic website. Discover, create and share the prolific K-12 resources in the Smithsonian Learning lab.

Multimedia

Teaching About the 1963 March on Washington

August 28, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. Examine the March with these lessons, background resources, audios, and videos.

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

Biogeography

A prolific set of lessons and resources for 6-12 learners that will help explain how geography influences the evolution of species.

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

Encyclopedia Mythica: Mythology, Folklore, and Religion

Find information organized by geographical region, with each major area subdivided into sections such as mythology heroes, images, genealogy tables, etc. to aid searching. It holds more than 7,000 articles, often brief, making it a good reference tool.

Background Reading

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

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

DiscoverE Engineering Resources

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

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