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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

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

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

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

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

Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago Teaching Materials

These resources offer k-12 learners background on U.S. legal and political systems and asks students to apply what they have learned with age-appropriate case studies, mock trials, and discussions.

Lesson Plan

Reading & Writing In The Disciplines

Middle and high school teachers: Gain insight into how to support your students' literacy skills while meeting content goals with these resources.

Lesson Plan; Professional Development Course

Zoom In!

Empower your middle school learners to think deeply and write critially about pivotal moments in United States history with these free resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

MetKids

Made for, with, and by kids, this is an extraordinary visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art - creative projects and fun facts about 5,000 years of art - whether you're in New York City or across the globe.

Multimedia

Marie Tharp

This is a prolific set of resources about woman who mapped the ocean floor: Marie Tharp. K-12 learners will explore the scientific contributions of a female pioneer in oceanic studies and cartography.

Lesson Plan

Ada Byron Lovelace

Celebrating Women in Technology goes all the way back to the year 1815! Your K-12 learners can discover the pioneer who many deem the first computer programmer with these prolific resources.

Lesson Plan

March

From the Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965 to the Senate Floor "sit in" in Washington, DC in 2016, John Lewis has dedicated his life to non-violence and civil rights. This trilogy is a unique look at his groundbreaking bravery

Lesson Plan

Civics Education

Provide your K-12 students a better understanding of citizen responsibilities in a democratic society with these engaging civics resources for students and educators (a teacher workshop is included)..

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Professional Development Course

Major Taylor

For grades 3-12: books and resources across the curriculum about African American cyclist Major Taylor who, against all odds, managed to triumph during a time when African Americans were barred from competitive sport.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Ten Free Things for Valentine’s Day

Make February 14th a special day with classroom resources for all grades, including arts & crafts projects, creative writing ideas, historical resources, and more.

Learning about Independence Day

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 classroom resources.

Themed Package

Popcorn Activities

October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month, and we offer a variety of fun, creative activity ideas for multiple subjects and all grade levels.

Themed Package

Civics Education

Resources for teaching about civics education.

Lesson Plan; Themed Package