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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

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

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

Informed Voter Education in the Classroom

The following resources have been collected to help guide the lesson as educators begin to instruct students on the struggles that led to the voting rights all are currently afforded.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

The Berlin Wall

The rise, the fall, and the symbolism from both sides of the Berlin Wall: this media-rich lesson package for grades 9-12 will help recreate the mood of the Cold War and the wall that became a striking symbol of it.

Lesson Plan; 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

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

Studying Ancient Egypt, Grades 6-8

Learn about ancient Egyptians with these lessons and videos, activities, and games for grades 6-8.

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

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

World War 1 Resources, Grades 9-12

These lessons, activities, and multimedia resources will help support and enrich a study for grades 9-12 of this massive, global war.

Background Reading; 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

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

The Great Depression for Kids

An excellent complement for social studies lessons on The Great Depression with age-appropriate and kid-centric stories of struggle and survival. Recommended for grades 4 and up. Extra resources are listed here also.

Background Reading; Leader/Contact

Teaching About the Selma to Montgomery Marches

Lessons, activities & other curriculum resources for teaching grades K-12 about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches, nonviolent activism, the Voting Rights Movement, and more.

Themed Package

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

The Victorian Web

This award-winning set of resources is uniquely presented to establish historical and social context to each item, allowing tudents and teachers to make connections across curricula between literature, history, and culture in the age of Victoria.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Open Freer Sackler

Bring America's premiere collection of Asian art into your K-12 Art and/or Social Studies classroom! See how this resource makes it easy to explore the Smithsonian's Freer Sackler museums' art from anywhere in the world, whenever you like.

Multimedia

Under His Hat

Bring Abraham Lincoln's history to life in your K-12 classroom! Draw from more than 52,000 Lincoln-era artifacts organized around themes, hands-on activities, research topics, critical thinking questions, and references to additional resources.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Multiverse: Learning Resources

Connect science literacy across the K-12 curriculum with this remarkable set of resources designed to make science discovery accessible to all learners.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

A Curriculum of United States Labor History for Teachers

Many 9-12 students are entering the American labor force for the first time. These resources teach the rich history of U.S. labor, the importance of workers' past struggles and strides on our economy and society, and the fight many still face.

Article; Background Reading; Fact Sheet; Printable

Sweat And Blood: A History of U.S. Labor Unions (and other labor history resources)

We've gathered these books and resources to help you cover the important contributions that unions have made to humanizing the American workplace in your K-12 Social Studies curriculum.

Article; Background Reading

Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat

A fascinating set of resources for 5-12 Science, Social Studies, and Health learners: the epidemic that turned doctors into detectives and how it changed our food supply.

Article; Background Reading; Printable

East Asian Studies Center

We found this award-winning set of classroom resources across the K-12 curriculum designed to increase understanding and inspire learning of East Asia and its impact on the world.

Lesson Plan