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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

Civil War Sesquicentennial

The Civil War Trust website offers historical and animated maps, photographs, primary sources, biographies, music and literature, printables, and other curriculum resources to help educate students about the legacy of the Civil War.

Multimedia; Printable

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

Bulletin Board Ideas

We recommend four Web sites where you can find bulletin board ideas and themes, cutouts, templates, activity ideas, and more. Plus, find out what kind of supplies you’ll need and how to acquire them.

Printable; Tool

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

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

The Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc

In 1994, The Cave was discovered in Southern France by three speleologists, or cave scientists. Today, the cave is considered one of the most significant prehistoric art sites. K-12 classrooms can use this website in social studies and art.

Background Reading; 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

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

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

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

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

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

To Kill a Mockingbird & Harper Lee

The 2015 publication of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman”, 55 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird” has renewed interest in both Lee and her immensely popular novel. These resources can add to the discussion in your classroom.

Lesson Plan

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

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

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

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

The Da Vinci Initiative Classroom Resources

The DaVinci Initiative offers skill-based learning in art education in order to deepen the understanding and applications of the visual language that surrounds K-12 students.

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

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

Brown vs. Board of Education and School Desegregation Teaching Resources

Use these curriculum resources on Brown vs. Board of Education and school desegregation to supplement your American History, Social Studies and English Language Arts teaching plans for grades K-12.

Themed Package

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

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