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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; Professional Development Course

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

"Buy, Use, Toss?" (High School Curriculum)

Ignite your students' learning and inspire them to take action in their communities with these hands-on, standards-aligned global sustainability curricula!

Multimedia; Printable

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

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

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

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

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.

Themed Package

Black History Month Lessons & Resources

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 for all grade levels.

Themed Package

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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

Themed Package

Winter-Themed Classroom Resources

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

Themed Package

Underground Railroad Digital Classroom

With a prolific set of resources, this web site is devoted to finding new and creative ways for understanding the story of the coming of the American Civil War. For arts and social studies learners in grades K-12.

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

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

YouTube for Educators

YouTube offers a variety of free services that educators can use to facilitate classroom instruction, including access to more than 500,000 educational videos, limited access to non-educational content, and custom playlists that eliminate ads.

Multimedia

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

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Grades 9-12

Help students in grades 9-12 put in perspective the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

Themed Package

60 Student-Centered Teaching Strategies

These strategies promote students’ literacy and critical thinking skills within a respectful classroom climate.

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

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Help students in all grade levels put in perspective the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

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

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

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