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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

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

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

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

Global Oneness Project

Inspire high school students to rethink their relationship to the world with this award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles exploring cultural, social, and environmental issues with a humanistic lens.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Rethinking Columbus

The traditional story of Christopher Columbus: What is fact? What is fiction? Help K-12 learners explore the reconsideration of the discovery of America with these resources.

Article; 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

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

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

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

The African Elephant And The Ivory Trade

Once very common in Africa and Asia, the future of elephants is uncertain due to habitat destruction, the ivory trade, and other man-made conflicts. These lessons and resources examine the threatened future of Earth’s largest living land mammal.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

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

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

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

10 Inauguration Day Resources

Students in all grade levels learn about the Presidential Inauguration and how it has changed over time with our recommended activities, background resources, primary source documents, videos, printables, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Quiz

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

More than 46,000 map images are available from a collection of 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world, including historical maps and thematic maps that show climate, energy, ethnography and religion, industry and economy, and more.

Printable

Teaching Channel: Videos That Inspire Teaching

Find more than 800 videos of effective K-12 teaching practices, which can be searched by keyword or browsed, and filter by subject, grade, and topic. Registration is free and allows access to downloadable resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Explore the RMS Titanic

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic (April 15, 2012) offers a unique teaching opportunity, and a variety of websites offer online resources, including historical documents, multimedia activities, printables, lesson plans, and more.

Background Reading; Multimedia

General History Resources: Games and Animations

A growing set of games and animations organized around broad historical periods for 5-12 learners, these resources make learning - and teaching - history fun!

Lesson Plan

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

Flag Day Resources

Seven 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

Culturally-Situated Design Tools

Skateboards and buckeyballs in Math class? Students learn math and computing through object patterns from many cultures, while they reproduce original artifacts and create their own.

World War I Resources

These lessons, activities, and multimedia resources will help support and enrich a study of this massive, global war.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; 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