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National School Lunch Week

This week celebrates the benefits of the National School Lunch Program, which provides balanced, low-cost or free lunches to millions of children each school day.

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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

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

Black History Month Lessons & Resources, Grades 9-12

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 9-12.

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Presidents’ Day Activities, Grades 9-12

On this Presidents Day, celebrate the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, their contributions to the United States, and the lives and contributions of all our 44 Presidents.

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Studying Ancient Egypt, Grades 6-8

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

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Sights and Sounds of Spring, Grades 9-12

A variety of curriculum resources for grades 9-12, focus on bees, the changing seasons, myths, and haiku.

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John Brown & Harpers Ferry, Grades 9-12

On October 16, 1859, the abolitionist John Brown and 22 followers captured the U.S. Armory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. The following lessons, resources and activities for grades 9-12 set and describe an important event leading to the American Civil War.

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Google Search Education

Help your students become better searchers. Google Search Education provides lessons, activities, posters, tips, and webinars to help teachers hone their own and their students’ web search skills.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Printable

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more for grades K-12.

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Teaching Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage

Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander heritage and their contributions to American history and culture with these multidisciplinary curriculum resources for all grade levels.

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Winter-Themed Classroom Resources, Grades 9-12

These interdisciplinary lessons, activities, and other resources for grades 9-12 levels will help students develop an understanding of the mechanisms that bring about seasonal change and how animals have adapted to them.

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Teaching about the European Union

Lessons, activities and other resources shed light the EU financial crisis.

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Test Prep & Review Strategies for Grades 9-12

Help students in grades 9-12 prepare for and take tests of all kinds.

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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

BizKids

This companion website to the television program of the same name offers resources for teaching business and money skills, including lesson plans, four online games, calculators, budgets, business plans, and more.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

Making of America

This collection of primary sources in American history from the antebellum period through reconstruction includes 100,000 journal articles in American history, sociology, religion, and science from The Atlantic, Harper’s, Scientific American, and more.

5 Gyres

5 Gyres aims to highlight a problem created by making throw-away packaging out of a material designed to last forever. The website includes many brief videos. The homepage features a world map locating the five ocean concentrations of plastic debris.

Background Reading; Learning Game

Watch Draw Think

Watch Draw Think offers visual presentations of complex cross-curricular concepts for grades 5-12 and provides a space for teachers to share ideas, lessons, and projects. The goal is for teachers to use a whole, or part of, a video with a lesson.

Multimedia

Smithsonian’s History Explorer

This resource for K-12 teachers and students teaches American history by providing artifacts to "read" for the stories they tell. For example, teach the Civil War by investigating Lincoln’s patent model for river craft.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Historical Thinking Skills Interactives

This series of interactive professional development activities for middle and high school teachers features 6 units: five model skills for use in the classroom, while a sixth unit that includes suggestions for using primary sources.

Background Reading; Multimedia

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

The Boston Public Library’s Norman B. Leventhal Map Center has approximately 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases. Teacher Resources include K-12 lesson plans & curriculum units, map activities, and professional development.

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

Websites for Digital Learning Games and Interactives

We present six of our favorite Websites digital learning games and interactives. They cover a variety of subjects, including history, earth and space science, engineering and tech, natural history, the arts, geography, health, and reading.

Learning Game; Multimedia