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Ancient Civilizations: Crash Course History

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Never before have ancient civilizations been so clearly described in such succinct video segments...and here are six of them for your World History students! Persians, Greeks, Buddhists, Romans, and more! Watch as John Green delves into...
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Describing Egypt Virtual Tours

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Save money. Avoid long flights and massive crowds. Virtual tours of some of Egypt's most famous await in a collection that permits viewers to explore the tombs and temples of pharaohs, gods, and goddesses of ancient Egypt. WebVR with...
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Studying the Holocaust

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A collection includes 11 units designed to help instructors consider the complexities of teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides. The lessons provide students with accurate information and sensitive instruction as they examine...
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Set Up a Remote Learning Schedule for Middle School

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
This collection provides a 2-week sample plan and a blank template for remote learning. In addition, we provide ideas to get you started in your planning for remote instruction. 
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EngageNY Grade 5 ELA: Module 1, Unit 1 - Building Background Knowledge on Human Rights

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders explore human rights- what are they and why do we have them? As a class, explore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and incorporate close readings of selected articles. This 11-part unit is very detailed,...
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Elections: Polling, Debates, Voting, and the Final Countdown

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Election season is a great opportunity to hone critical thinking skills in the classroom. Teach young citizens about the ins and outs of the American political system, provide information about current and historical presidential...
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Celebrate Earth Day!

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
April 22nd is Earth Day! Celebrate the Earth with these resources and activities. From math to writing and straight into science, all of the resources in this collection promote Earth loving learners in your class!
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Spooky Math Worksheets

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Math practice has never been scarier—but only because these sheets are covered in zombies, ghosts, witches, and bats! Due to the concepts, the collection is best suited for upper elementary and beginning middle school students. It...
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Life in the North and South 1847–1861: Before Brother Fought Brother

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A five-resource collection looks at the complex series of events that led to the American Civil War. Using primary source documents, scholars research the social and economic issues that led to the country-fracturing conflict.
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National Constitution Center: Hall Pass Videos

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
The National Constitution Center offers this collection of informative and entertaining videos intended to start conversations and develop critical thinking skills. Viewers learn about the rights granted by the constitution, about the...
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United States Institute of Peace: Lessons for Upper Elementary School

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) was established by Congress as an independent, nonpartisan institute whose mission is to “increase the nation’s capacity to manage International conflict without violence.” The five resources...
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Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators - Middle School Edition

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Rather than just talking about giving peace a chance, with the 15 resources in this collection middle schoolers learn the skills they need to become peace builders. The lessons were developed by the United States Institute of Peace...
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American Battle Monuments Commission Interactives

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A collection of 14 resources celebrate the men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces overseas during World War I and World War II. Young historians use Interactive timelines to follow events as they unfolded and maps to track...
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Teaching Nonviolent Direct Action through Children’s Literature

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
A five-part lesson collection introduces young learners to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s principles of  Non-violent Direct Action. Through children's literature, photographs, first-person narratives, and songs. as well as links to...
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Equality & Human Rights Commission: Lesson Activity Ideas

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Five resources make up a collection of social-emotional learning activities that target the five core competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making). The activities...
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Identity & Community: An Introduction to 6th Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 6th Standards
Begin the school year with a collection of lessons that asks sixth-graders to consider who they are, their new role in middle school, and their role in their community. They study examples of peoples of the past dealing with issues of...
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Before and Beyond the Constitution: What Should a President Do?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A three-lesson unit provides middle schoolers with the founding fathers' vision of what they saw as the role of the president and the executive branch of the government. Young scholars examine the Articles of Confederation, Alexander...
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Revolution '67

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Like many US cities in the 1960s, Newark, New Jersey was the site of conflicts, protests, and civil disobedience. A two-lesson case study of events there in 1967 permits middle schoolers to gain insight into the civil rights era and the...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Lessons

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Designed for teachers, a 15-lesson collection curated by the Smithsonian, examines how wars have impacted American society. Each resource includes a lesson plan, background information, a materials list, maps, images, and worksheets. An...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Printable Exhibition

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War is a collection of 13 resources from a printable exhibition curated by the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Each resource begins with a summary and a table of contents. The resources...
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Equality & Human Rights Commission: Secondary Lesson Plans

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A collection of 12 instructional activities helps young people develop the five core social and emotional learning competencies identified by CASEL. Videos, slides, activities, games, news articles, and discussions target life skills. In...
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Economic Lowdown Video Series

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Designed for high school and college-level classes, a collection of 12 resources covers topics in economics, banking, and monetary policy. Students investigate supply curves, the law of demand, market equilibrium, and the labor market....
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WE Are Innovators: Elementary Resources

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
A collection of five resources encourages young scientists to be innovative thinkers and design a sustainable product or service. Lessons target pollution, food waste, energy-inefficient housing, and transportation issues.    
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Sacred Stories of Native Americans

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A Native America in the Classroom collection provides six videos and support materials about indigenous peoples who lived throughout North, Central, and South America. Young historians are introduced to Incan and Hopi origin stories, a...
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How the Federal Courts Work

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Walk students step-by-step through the judicial process with a three-lesson collection that examines how the federal courts interpret and apply the laws of the United States. Young legal scholars examine case studies, engage in...
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Organization of the Federal Courts

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
A three-lesson collection explores the federal and state court systems, as well as criminal and civil court systems. Along the way, high schoolers consider the qualifications necessary to serve in high-federal offices, and why courts...
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We Are Innovators: Elementary Curriculum

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The lessons in WE Are Innovators collection encourage fourth, fifth, and sixth graders to use their STEM skills to come up with innovative products or services to help solve a social, environmental, or economic issue. They tackle food...
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Applying Literacy Skills to Core Subjects

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Literacy skills are not limited to language arts. Middle schoolers apply literacy skills every time they open a science textbook, read a primary source document, interpret an explanation of a complex mathematics concept, and learn a new...
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Literacy in History/Social Studies: 6-8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The common core literacy standards for social studies revolve around helping students closely read and understand primary and secondary sources. Browse these resources and find ones relevant to the social studies topics you're teaching!
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Women's History Month: Grades 3–5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
This March, honor and celebrate Women's History Month with a collection of lessons, videos, and ideas. From women in aviation to women in the Civil War to women in politics, this collection is sure to cover all the bases in women's history.
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Middle School Fall Resources

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Seasons come, and seasons go—but why? And how? Middle schoolers learn more about the fall season with a collection of earth science resources, social studies lessons, and writing assignments. Start the school year off with a rigorous...
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The Spanish-American War

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
If you are looking for curriculum on the Spanish-American War, you just hit the jackpot! Find three options for teaching either a one, three, or five-day lessons. Learners consider why the United States invaded Cuba, and use primary...
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Women's History Month: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Throughout history, women have made positive and world-changing contributions to society, government, and the arts—but the work isn't finished yet. Middle schoolers learn about the historic achievements of notable women with a collection...
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Random Acts of Kindness: Peer Pressure

For Teachers 8th Standards
Young people often have the best intentions at heart—but perhaps not the best influences in their ear. Encourage middle schoolers to resist the seemingly irresistible pull of peer pressure with a series that culminates in a research...
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Christopher Columbus Day

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Who was Christopher Columbus? What was his part in the Great Age of Exploration? Was he an explorer or an exploiter? Bring the debate to your class with this collection of materials.
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Women's History Unit

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Use these four detailed lesson plans (and extra materials) to explore the rich history of influential women in the United States. Use this unit in celebrating Women's History Month, or while studying women that have shaped the history of...
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Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear"

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Every four years, American citizens choose a new leader. Sometimes the incoming president is an incumbent who has served before; other times, Inauguration Day serves as the first moments of a new era and administration. From these...
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Thou Shalt Not Be a Bystander

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
If we do not learn about the ways evil was allowed to perpetuate tragedy in our past, we are doomed to repeat those fateful mistakes. Educate high schoolers with a collection about the Holocaust and WWII, which includes lessons, project...
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Get Involved: Service Learning Projects for Middle School

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young teenagers may be aware of the problems in the world, but they may not know how close the problems are in their own community — and the many ways they can help. Mobilize their concern with a number of projects about local outreach,...
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Literacy Beyond the Language Arts Classroom

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Celebrate reading across the curriculum with a collection of lessons and worksheets that bring literature and informational text to life in math, science, social studies, and music. Each resource prompts interdisciplinary instruction...
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Cross-Curricular Reading Comprehension Worksheets

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
This series of cross-curricular resources covers just about every subject, ranging from social studies to geometry to physical science. Each worksheet includes a reading passage and five questions that require learners to apply reading...
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A Job Fit for a King—Martin Luther King, Jr.

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The third Monday in January marks the day that we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy he left behind. His leadership and commitment to the civil rights movement will never be forgotten. Celebrate his achievements,...
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Ancient Rome

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Veritas nunquam perit. The timeless truths and lessons learned from the ancient Romans can be found in a collection that not only looks at the art and architecture, the cultural happenings, and the political structure, but also traces...
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Internet Safety: It's Elementary!

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Keeping kids safe on the Internet gains importance by the day, and this five-part unit gives them a head start in their vigilance online. Each full lesson comes with everything needed to facilitate discussion about safe online talk,...
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Using the Internet Responsibly

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Young scholars have a lot at their fingertips, and teaching them to be wise Internet explorers is paramount to their success as learners. Here are five full lessons—with all required materials—intended to help elementary schoolers...
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The Internet: Fact or Fiction?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Middle school students will love this five-part unit which engages them in considering the finality (and sometimes falsehood) of things posted online. They fact check online news articles, find videos and full standards-aligned lesson...
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Thanksgiving for Upper Elementary

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
This Thanksgiving, get in the festive spirit with a collection that offers a unit, and a variety of lesson plans, worksheets, and articles. Want more? Check out each article for additional resources to add to your learning experience and...
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Ancient Egypt

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Bring to life a study of ancient Egypt with this series of engaging educational resources. Providing information about the culture and history of ancient Egypt, these videos, activities, and lesson plans will make a great addition to...
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Museum of Tolerance: Teaching Tolerance

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How do you teach classes to recognize and confront intolerance? To recognize their preconceptions and commit to change? The materials in this collection, prepared by the Museum of Tolerance, are designed to achieve these goals. Whether...
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Empowering Democracy

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How do you prepare your students to become informed and involved citizens? You could check out the ideas in this collection of materials from the non-profit Classroom Law Project.
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WWII: Global Conflict, Persecution, and Unsung Heroes

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Many historians would classify World War II as a global turning point in the 20th century. See if your middle schoolers agree with such an assessment with a collection of lessons and activities on the second Great War. Lessons cover an...
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The Constitution and Bill of Rights

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Teach young learners about the rights that protect them every day with activities and videos about the Bill of Rights. With fun games, raps, lessons, and collaborative activities, the collection has something for everyone.
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September 11, 2001

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
The present generation of children were not around when terror struck the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. With this collection of resources from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, young people explore the history of the...
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Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Give scholars the opportunity to discover their past with a collection from the Museum of Tolerance that highlights the uniqueness of every family's story. Learners gain insight through interviews, family tress, heirlooms, and oral...
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From Colonists to Revolutionaries

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What was America like before it became the United States? Set the stage for the American Revolution with a collection of resources focused on Colonial America, including the cultural, political, and religious conflicts of the time.
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Chase the Race in School

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What is voting? How do I vote? Why should I vote? Who do I vote for? These are all important questions that first time, or even veteran voters might ask themselves as election season approaches them. Here is a collection that examines...
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Ancient Egypt

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
Bring to life a study of ancient Egypt with this series of engaging educational resources. Providing information about the culture and history of ancient Egypt, these videos, activities, and lesson plans will make a great addition to...
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Greek Mythology

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Give Greek mythology instruction a boost with a collection equipped with an informative presentation, online interactive worksheet, a research project, writing prompts, note taking practice, and a variety of supplementary materials such...
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A Golden Era

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Take a walk through the Italian city-states as you explore the European Renaissance. A collection of lessons about the period's art, music, scientific revolutions, and political upheavals engages even the unenlightened learners in your...
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WWI: The Great War

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
From the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the signed armistace in 1918, World War I affected every corner of the world for four years in the 20th century. Use these videos, presentations, and lessons to teach middle schoolers...
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The Civil War: A Country Divided

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Study one of the bloodiest and most formative periods of time in American history with a collection of videos, worksheets, lesson plans, and apps. The collection would work for middle school or high school classrooms and range in...
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The Five Themes of Geography

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Explore the five themes of geography using a collection of materials designed to guide your instruction and enhance comprehension. Included, you'll find, lesson plans, worksheets, activities, and videos; all of which, bound to boost...
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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Our forefathers worked to create a more perfect nation for us, and the road to democracy was anything but smooth. Add these resources to your unit on the Declaration of Independence and show your young Americans the roots of their...
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The American Revolution: Give Me Liberty

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
More than fireworks, barbeques, or sunny picnic afternoons, the Fourth of July marks a formative and important time in American history. Learn more about the key figures in the American Revolution with a collection of lesson plans, which...
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Native American Culture and Traditions

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The history of the native tribes of North America is rich, powerful, and vital to understanding the history of our country. Take a look at these project ideas and lesson plans for teaching middle schoolers about Native American culture...
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Medieval Times

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Delve into the times of knights, feudalism, the Black Death, and royal courts with a collection of resources for the middle ages. It includes lessons, project ideas, and helpful materials for augmenting your world history unit.
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From Colonists to Revolutionaries

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What was America like before it became the United States? Set the stage for the American Revolution with a collection of resources focused on Colonial America, including the cultural, political, and religious conflicts of the time.
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Crash Course: Intellectual Property

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Intellectual property is a whole new, fast growing field of law. The basic ideas is that non-physical property or a novel idea can be owned owned. The seven-episode collection defines intellectual property, and covers the complexity of...
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Recycling: Talking Trash in Tuscon

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Check out this four-part lesson specifically for 6th-8th graders in Tucson, Arizona (but easily used in any middle school classroom). Your class will dive deep into the details of recycling, perfectly suited for an Earth Day unit.
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The Civil Rights Movement: Grades K-5

For Teachers K - 5th
The Civil Rights Movement is the focus of a collection created for young scholars, kindergarten through fifth grade. The unit begins with an introductory lesson that sets the stage for discussion, written assignments, interactives,...
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Standing Up for Democracy

For Students 6th - 12th
The mission of the Standing Up for Democracy unit is to bring about “a more humane, just, and compassionate society rooted in democratic values.” These 16 lessons, built on a foundation of mutual respect, tolerance, and participation,...
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The Civil Rights Movement: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th
From Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X to Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali, the Civil Rights Movement united African Americans in a struggle for quality. Including an array of lesson plans, presentations, videos, activities, and...
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Lunar New Year

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Although often called Chinese New Year, Chinese people refer to this holiday as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year. People in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, South Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam also have traditions associated...
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Chinese New Year

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
Kung-hsi Fa-ts' ai! Enrich your Chinese New Year celebration with the resources in this collection. The wealth of materials include background information on the 15-day holiday, also know as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival,...
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New Year, New You!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Take a cup of kindness with a collection of resources designed for celebrating the New Year! From refreshing resolutions to lessons about New Year's around the world, the collection guides middle schoolers through the exciting transition...
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Teaching Children with Autism—Content Area Resources

For Teachers K - 12th
Browse a collection designed to meet the needs of scholars with autism in kindergarten through 12th grade. Here, you'll find a variety of resources—lesson plans, printables, activities, worksheets, and an app—spanning a range of content...
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Teaching and Learning About Autism

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately "1 in 88 American children are on the autism spectrum." The teacher guides and other professional development materials in this collection offer information...
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Harmony Day Lessons

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
Elementary school learners will love this exploration of diverse cultures and religious beliefs. There are thirteen lessons that will have kids create mosaics, analyze popular song lyrics, and learn the keys to a successful class...
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Celebrate Kwanzaa!

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Celebrated from December 26 through January 1, the Kwanzaa festival recognizes the traditions and cultural heritage of African Americans. Designed for classroom celebrations of Kwanzaa, this collection of lesson plans, activities,...
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Christmas Around the World

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Christmas is celebrated in many different parts of the world. What better way to explore these celebrations than with a collection with allows for the learning of new languages, opportunities for research and presentation of knowledge,...
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Halloween for Upper Elementary

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Celebrate Halloween with the help of a collection consisting of a variety of resources covering multiple subjects. Take a look at the notes section to discover which subject is addressed—math, English language arts, arts and crafts,...
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Changes in a Democratic Society

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Democracies are not static. To learn more about how the United States form of democratic government has changed over time, class members examine primary and secondary sources, including works of art, and reflect on what these sources...
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Fig. 1 by Univ. of California - Psychology

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Nature, nurture, or hot wired? Journey into the brain with University of California researchers as they search for answers to age-old questions about personality, morality, behavior, and, of course, love.
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Sojourner Truth | Abolitionist and Women’s Rights Activist Video

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
New ReviewTalk about perseverance! Introduce young historians to Sojourner Truth with a richly detailed lesson plan that includes a video overview of Truth's life, background vocabulary, as well as before and after viewing discussion questions. A...
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Who, Me? Biased?: Understanding Implicit Bias

For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
A 10-page interactive explains different facets of implicit bias, demonstrates how implicit bias works, and how people can counteract its effects. The interactive tools permit users to save their information in "My Work" folders, to take...
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Maya, Aztec, and Inca Civilizations

For Teachers 5th Standards
A 10-lesson unit explores the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations. Over the course of two weeks, scholars read nonfiction excerpts, discuss their findings, and complete activities. An assessment equipped with multiple choice and matching...
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Ugly History: Japanese American Incarceration Camps

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
When Aki Kurose was 16 years old, her family was forced to relocate from their home in Seattle with other Japanese Americans. The government feared that despite their loyalty to the United States, they were operating on behalf of the...
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Jewish Resistance

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Resistance to the Holocaust took on many forms. Learners explore the passive and active resistance of Jewish people who continued their practices and observances, as well as organized resistance against the evils of the Nazis. An...
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The "Final Solution"

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Nazi policies shifted from deportation and imprisonment to extermination of the Jewish people in death camps in the "Final Solution." Learners examine photos of artifacts, read poetry written by survivors, analyze testimony from...
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Freedom’s Ring: King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech was the clarion call for the modern Civil Rights Movement. Using the immortal words of King, an animated screen allows pupils to hear his words delivered to the March on Washington in...
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Survivors and Liberators

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The end was just the beginning. The period immediately after the end of World War II and the Holocaust is often called "The Return to Life" as survivors looked to reunite and recreate broken families and shattered lives. A two-lesson...
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Nazi Germany

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The Holocaust was an evolution of anti-Semitism, scapegoating, and targeted violence against Jews with Nazi policies. A resource unpacks the escalation in violence, along with the erosion of democratic institutions, during the 1930s....
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The Children and Legacies Beyond the Holocaust

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Using video testimony, primary source documents that detail international agreements, and structured discussions, learners consider the precarious position of children during the Holocaust and other international conflicts, and how to...
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Rescuers and Non-Jewish Resistance

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What does it mean to be a rescuer during the time of the Holocaust? Learners consider the role of those who resisted the Nazi invasions, including hiding Jewish people, throughout Europe. Activities include listening to the testimony of...
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The Ghettos

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Young historians examine primary sources, including diaries, poems, and photographs, to consider the conditions in the ghettos and how they fit into the escalation of the Third Reich's plot against the Jewish people. 
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Studying The Holocaust

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
While many young scholars are familiar with the Holocaust, they may not understand the specific history that led to the unprecedented atrocity. The first lesson in the unit helps teachers gauge their pupils' background knowledge. A...
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Franklin’s Fair Hand American Journalism

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Scholars know him for his role in the American Revolution, but Ben Franklin was also a journalist and printer. Learners investigate his standards for what was fit to print using primary sources—including writings where Franklin explains...
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Why Is the Declaration of Independence Important?

For Students 5th Standards
Fair or unfair? To begin a study of the American Revolution, class members review the treatment of the people of the American Colonies by the King of England and decide which were fair and which were unfair. Class members then annotate a...
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Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil Rights Leader

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Expand class members' appreciation of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A powerful resource examines King's speeches, writings, and actions that reveal his deep commitment to a nonviolent approach to Civil Rights. Learners watch a...
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Malcolm X: Minister and Civil Rights Activist

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Any study of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement would be incomplete without an examination of the life of Malcolm X. Class members view a short biographical video and analyze primary source documents to gain an understanding of the...
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Muhammad Ali: Boxer and Civil Rights Activist

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Many young people today know Muhammad Ali as the aging boxer who lit the torch at the 1996 Olympics. Introduce young historians to Ali the boxer, the Civil Rights activist, the war protestor, and the humanitarian with a powerful lesson...
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The Haudenosaunee Legendary Founding

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
While many young historians would say the United States' form of democracy is the longest living, the confederacy established by Hiawatha and the Haudenosaunee is America's precursor. The activity set, complete with a beautifully...
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Inca Origins

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Origin stories aren't just for comic books. Learners explore the Inca origin story and compare it to other familiar creation myths with an installment of the Native American Stories series. An easy-to-use lesson plan includes an...
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A Gift of Corn to the Choctaw

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A mysterious woman. A humble sharing of a meal. A generous gift. The universal value of generosity is threaded throughout a core Choctaw legend on why the tribe began to grow corn. Using part of the Native American Sacred Stories series,...
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Observing Human Rights Day

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How much intervention is appropriate for America to take in cases of human rights violations? Class members ponder a question that has lingered since the birth of America with a series of primary sources that reflect the degree to which...
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Unit 9: The Panama Canal

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Whose idea was it to build the Panama Canal? Why was the Isthmus of Panama chosen as the site? What were the challenges? To find the answers to these and other questions, young historians and geographers engage in a scavenger hunt,...
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Identity

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Is identity defined by genes, cultural standards, personal feelings, a combination of these, or something else altogether? Scholars learn about the complex topic of identity with a presentation, a game, and with a series of discussions....
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The Search for Identity

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Discover how writers express identity in their writing. Learners explore how issues of identity surface in the literature of minority writers. Scholars watch a video, read and discuss biographies, conduct research, engage in creative...
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Poetry of Liberation

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How do writers use words to protest injustice, challenge the status quo, and shape their own identities? Individuals watch and discuss a video, read author biographies, write poetry and journals, develop a slideshow, and complete a...
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Becoming Visible

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The television and interstate highways both came of age in 1950s America. Scholars use film, text, and discussion to explore how these and other cultural icons shaped the literature of the time. Pupils also create a family history...
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Modernist Portraits

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How did literature reflect people's attitudes in post-World War I America? A lesson explores the topic using a variety of activities. Individuals watch and respond to a video; read author biographies and engage in discussion; write...
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Rhythms in Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Rhyme, rhythm, free verse, imagery: Do these words describe poetry, or jazz music? The answer is both! A resource explores these similarities as scholars watch a video, engage in discussion, read author biographies, write poetry and...
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Social Realism

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Many American writers in the late nineteenth century wanted their writing to reflect real life. Individuals watch and discuss a video, read and explore author biographies, write a journal entry and a poem, and complete a multimedia...
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Slavery and Freedom

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How do nineteenth-century texts by African American and Native American writers contribute to the country's ideals of freedom and individuality? Learners explore the topic by watching and discussing a video, reading biographies, writing...
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Teaching Guide: Exploring Little Women

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is a literary masterpiece as well as a timestamp of the formative mid-nineteenth century in America. Using a primary source set of photographs, letters, and portraits, readers discuss the ways...
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Utopian Promise

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars learn all about the Puritans in the third installment of a 16-part lesson series. After watching a video, they read and discuss biographies of Puritans and Quakers from American history, write journal entries and poetry, and...
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Exploring Borderlands

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What motivated Europeans to explore the New World, and what effects did their exploration have on Native American populations? The second installment of a 16-part American Passages series prompts pupils to watch a video and read several...
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Breaking Down the Declaration of Independence

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Are learners heavy sighing at the idea of reading a primary source, written in a language that is difficult to understand and in cursive? Look no further, because the resource breaks down the Declaration of Independence in an...
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Intelligence of Authentic Character - News Coverage and John Brown's Raid

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The resource, a standalone, shows how news coverage of John Brown's Raid began when the event happened and how that reporting shaped perception in West Virginia history. The resource includes interesting anticipatory discussion...
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Step Two: The News and You

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
With so many news resources, scholars likely feel incredibly confused about what the news means.  Pupils participate in reading activities, fill out graphic charts, answer questions on worksheets, and complete a quick write activity.
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The Latin Rhythms of “Despacito”

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
When you hear the first few beats of "Despacito," the unrivaled Latin pop hit of 2017, you can't keep your feet from moving! A music analysis lesson plan examines the intoxicating hit by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and introduces the...
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How the First State Constitutions Helped Build the U.S. Constitution

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Did you know that the United States Constitution was adopted after many state constitutions were already in place? Young scholars examine facts about the influence of states through an informative and interesting resource. Groups then...
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Harriet Tubman and the End of Slavery

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Harriet Tubman saved hundreds from slavery through what was called the Underground Railroad. Teach learners about her amazing accomplishments through the article that uses effective direct instruction. After reading, scholars break into...
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates — Springboard to the White House

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates saw two primary political candidates debating seven different times about one of the most important social movements in United States history. Middle and high schoolers read an article that describes the...
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Sam Houston: A Study in Leadership

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Learners read a short excerpt from a speech by Sam Houston and answer corresponding questions as well as engage in additional activities, including writing a persuasive essay and discussing topics in small groups. The resource helps lay...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
An interactive resource covers all of the United States' most prominent and influential historic wars including the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the War of 1812, and the Korean War. Learners observe cause and effect as well as how violence...
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Mobilizing Children

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Scholars find out how the government used propaganda to mobilize children to help in the war effort. Lesson exercises include analyzing a quote from Franklin Roosevelt, viewing propaganda images and posters, and participating in a lively...
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Women's Role in the War Effort

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Did you know that many women were Confederate spies during the Civil War? The resource focuses particularly on the important role women played for both the Union and Confederacy. It uses exercises such as a discussion, video, analyzing...
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Who's in Camp?

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Pupils complete readings, a group activity using cards, and a writing activity to better understand people's lives during the American Revolution. The resource emphasizes people such as the militiamen, women, officers, and children,...
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Step Nine: Action Campaign

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
It's time to take action! Learners strategize their action campaigns by using the resource and past brainstorming activities from the series that help them pinpoint problems in their communities. They use included templates to get the...
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Step Eight: Positions, Please!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Everyone sees the results of public policy, but not everyone understands the strategy that goes into creating an effective one. Now that your class understands the brainstorming process from earlier in the series, they continue on to the...
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Step Five: All about Public Policy

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Public policy is important to understand because it affects everyone. The resource tells middle schoolers how the government uses policy to accomplish goals in the administration. It includes a reading, true or false worksheet, a...
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If Men Were Angels: Teaching the Constitution With the Federalist Papers

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Much like the methods of group work, the writers of the Federalist Papers worked together to advocate for their viewpoints against the anti-federalists. The resource enables learners to break into small groups and conduct research before...
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Students’ Response to 9/11—A Documentary Report

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Young historians research the devastating attacks of 9/11 and use that information to script their own documentaries. The follow-up activity includes recording the documentary and conducting classmate interviews, 
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The Soldier’s Experience—Vietnam versus World War I

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The Vietnam War and World War I were two very important—and different—wars. To understand the differences, and similarities, class members watch videos, examine primary source documents, and then create a newscast that examines the...
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POWs

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Why did Vietnam POWs and their families receive more media attention than POWs in previous wars?  To answer this question, class members view artifacts, read articles, and engage in class discussion. Individuals then assume the voice of...
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Changing Gender Roles on the Home Front

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Many historians discuss how gender roles changed because of World War II, but how did this come to be? An informative resource challenges scholars to do some digging and research the information for themselves. They research how...
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Lexington and Concord: Historical Interpretation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Learners view and analyze three different images related to the Battle of Lexington and Concord. They also answer a variety of questions in a graphic organizer to help keep the information straight.
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Two Perspectives on the Battle of Little Bighorn/Greasy Grass

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Learners understand why historians conduct research and the importance of perception when it comes to studying history. The resource covers The Wars of Expansion and the Battle of Little Bighorn/Greasy Grass through group work, debate,...
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General George Washington, Military Leader

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Teach pupils the characteristics that make George Washington such an effective leader, especially in context of his time period. Scholars view artifacts, participate in group work, create lists, compare and contrast, and discuss as a...
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The Story of the Federal Reserve: Middle School Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
After reading the charming cartoon about the United States Federal Reserve, pupils often need to complete activities to retain their learning. The resource does a wonderful job of using class discussion and various written exercises to...
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The Story of the Federal Reserve System

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Prevent the Federal Reserve System from becoming a dry topic for your middle and high schoolers by using an informative, engaging resource! The cartoon takes your class on a journey with aliens from the planet of Novus to observe the...
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Once Upon a Dime

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The story of "Once Upon a Dime" starts like any other fairy tale, but it quickly becomes a story about the value of money and the economic system commonly used before it. Presented as a cartoon, the resource consists of dialogue between...
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Primary Sources in Lesson Planning Unit Outline

For Teachers 6th Standards
How can we effectively bring about change when faced with injustice in our society? Learners explore the Great Depression and Mexican Revolution through Esperanza Rising, a historical fiction novel taught through literature circles. The...
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Time Capsule in a Milk Can

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Imagine dumping out a milk can and finding letters from one of the darkest moments in history! Scholars use Holocaust Reading Passages and research to discover how people recorded and hid history during the events of World War II. They...
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Doing Democracy

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
How do you explain democracy to a middle school classroom? A social studies resource breaks elections and the democratic process down for your class. Discussion questions, worksheets, activities that build critical thinking skills, and a...
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Hometown Heroes

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Transform studying about veterans in a textbook to personal interviews with veterans in the community. Four varying lesson plans make up an entire unit or individualized learning based on your class's needs. Exercises include researching...
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Abraham Lincoln Reading Comprehension—The Middle Years (Part 2)

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Abraham Lincoln's face may only be worth one cent, but the online reading passage and questions about his life are an invaluable resource. Pupils read a passage about Lincoln's experience with the Illinois Legislature, earning his law...
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Abraham Lincoln Reading Comprehension—The Middle Years (Part 3)

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
How did Abraham Lincoln begin to change the minds of American citizens? Join him in his quest with a reading passage about Lincoln's experiences as a congressman and public denouncement of slavery. The resource contains reading...
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Abraham Lincoln Reading Comprehension—The Middle Years (Part 1)

For Students 5th - 7th
Learn more about Honest Abe with an informative passage that details his life chronologically. As learners read sections of the text, they answer multiple choice questions that draw on their ability to recall details from the passage.
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The Power of Nonviolence: Rosa Parks: A Quest for Equal Protection Under the Law

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Teach young historians about the historical legacy of Rosa Parks with a multi-faceted lesson plan. Pupils follow stations and use journals to explore prominent events, analyze primary resource documents, and engage in interesting...
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Ice in Action

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Make your own bite-size glacier! A resource teaches about the formation and melting of ice. Activities include videos, a hands-on activity where your pupils build glaciers, and a photographic analysis to teach individuals the chilling...
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Sea Floor to Summit

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Who knew that mountain formation could be so entertaining? Leanr how mountains form with a resource on Mount Everest. Activities to guide learning include a simulation, project, videos, coloring activities, and worksheets.
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Can You Hear Me Now? North Carolina's Pre-Registration Law

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Did you know that in some states your pupils can pre-register to vote? Teach the advantages to pre-registering and engage the classroom in an intriguing discussion about youth voting trends. Class members participates in a live polling...
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What's the Weather?

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
How many jackets do you need to stay warm and climb Mount Everest? An informatie resource covers the topic of Mount Everest, the resource helps young scientists discover the difference between climate and weather. Activities include...
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Women's History: Parading Through History

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Want to teach your pupils about debate, effective speech techniques, propaganda, and the women's movement? The first in a sequential series of three, scholars analyze real propaganda images from the the historic women's movement, view a...
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The Goals of the March on Washington

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Who else had a dream other than Martin Luther King, Jr.? Pupils explore civil rights leaders in a fourth lesson out of a series of five about people who paved the way to freedom for African Americans. The inquiry-based unit has your...
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Helping Life and Aiding Death: Science, Technology, and Engineering at Work during World War I

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Science, engineering, and United States history? Pupils research collections of artifacts from the Smithsonian to learn about historical scientific innovations. At the end of the lesson, they write an essay to discuss technology's...
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Heroes Who Made a Difference: Memorializing a Distinguished Service Cross Award Recipient

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Ever wonder how to memorialize World War I heroes in the classroom? Activities in a high-quality social studies resource prompt middle schoolers to research Internet sources, complete a graphic organizer, and write an editorial feature...
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More Than Mud and Cooties: The Poetry of World War I Soldiers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Poetry is not just for romance. Teach middle schoolers about soldiers' experiences during World War I with poetry written by the soldiers themselves. The lesson includes a simulation activity, a graphic organizer activity, and a...
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“War Is Hell. We Know it Now.” American Soldiers in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Understanding the soldier's experiences during World War I sometimes takes a newscast. Learners see the importance of understanding multiple points of view with a newscast project surrounding the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Compare and...
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“The Art of War”: Trench Art of World War I

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Teach pupils how veterans used art to deal with PTSD and shell-shock from trench warfare during World War I. Scholars use graphic organizers, a cartoon analysis sheet, and their own inferences to analyze primary source art work by veterans.
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Identifying Conflict Styles

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Are you a peace-keeper or a problem-solver? Explore conflict management styles through a lesson, fourth in a 15-part series, that combines individual assessment and collaborative work. Groups learn the basic tendencies of each style,...
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Uncovering a World at War

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Has media always had an influence on public policy? After researching and reading news articles written during World War I, learners understand the influence of communication and media. They discuss articles in small groups and as a...
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No More Sticks and Stones: Technological Advancements in World War I Warfare

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Remind young historians that many technological advancements influenced the events of World War I. After analyzing technology's evolution through primary sources, discussing the changes over time, and watching various video clips,...
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World War I Propaganda: Targeting all Americans to Join the War Effort

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Is propaganda from World War I any different than the propaganda of today? Class members learn about the effectiveness of advertising and its influence on American's behavior. Activities include a propaganda think sheet, assessments of...
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“Saving the Bear”: The Russian Expeditionary Force of World War One

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How have Russian politics affected countries on a global stage? The discussion of the Russian Revolution and World War I begins with an analysis of primary resource letters. Learners finish with a project where they create a timeline of...
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People and Places in the North and South

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
North and South: two opposite directions and two opposite economic and social systems in time of the Civil War. Pupils peruse census websites and primary source photographs to understand what life was like for the everyday person before...
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Bombs Over Bikini: Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The Cold War and the Manhattan Project launched the world into the nuclear age. Young historians explore how nations searched for bigger and better weapons to hold an advantage over other nations. Through discussion and comprehension...
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Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin

For Students 8th - 12th
Harriet Beecher Stowe's passion for abolitionism culminated when Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, forcing Northern states to become complicit in the act of slavery. A short video dramatizes the events preceding the...
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Back To The Future

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Satellite photographs prove the dramatic changes to the environment over long periods of time. Young scientists observe photographs and make hypotheses. They then check real data of weather and climate patterns to better understand the...
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What rights are guaranteed to young scholars? Do they align with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was approved by the United Nations in 1948? Middle and high schoolers present persuasive arguments about the rights they...
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The Lion King—The Broadway Musical Study Guide

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Musicals have been adapted from stage plays, novels, and movies. With The Lion King, Disney transforms its animated film into show-stopping, live-action musical theatre. The guide Disney provides to accompany a study of the award-winning...
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Master of the Airwaves: How FDR Used Radio to Ease the Public’s Fears

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The political and economic climate during the 1930's was uncertain and tumultuous. But Americans' minds and hearts were eased with the reassuring words of their president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and addresses over the radio. High...
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President Theodore Roosevelt: Foreign Policy Statesman or Bully?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Can a negative perception of a president's foreign policy harm his or her historical legacy? A project that winds the clock back to the date of Theodore Roosevelt's death puts young scholars at the editorial desk of a fictional...
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The Surprising Origin of Thanksgiving Foods

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Many of the foods pilgrims ate include foods people still eat at American Thanksgiving celebrations today. The turkey, a domesticated animal native to the Americas, often finds itself the center of attention on this holiday. Today's corn...
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Civil Rights or Human Rights?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Young citizens consider the American civil rights movement as part of the global struggle for human rights. After using a timeline activity to learn about the major events in the civil rights movement, class members study Malcolm X's...
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A Time to Break Silence

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Encourage teenagers to get involved in ending violence among young people. A Common Core-aligned resource and curriculum guide, designed to be used with a reading of A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King,...
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How The Toilet Changed History

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
In 2017, one in every three people still don't have access to a toilet. As part of a playlist on biology, an interesting video explains this global health topic. It describes society before toilets, disease research throughout history,...
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Crack the Case: History's Toughest Mysteries

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Young sleuths don their trench coats, tip their fedoras, and grab their notepads to investigate one of four famous unsolved mysteries. After examining multiple primary and secondary sources related to their cold case, they propose a...
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Racist and Religious Hate Crime

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Address the current political climate with a series of thought-provoking activities. A resource packet provides pupils with strategies for challenging racist behavior and religious prejudice, and moves them from being passive bystanders...
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Ypres-Lys Offensive

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The end of World War I saw an Allied victory, thanks in large part to the 1918 Ypres-Lys Campaign in Belgium. Middle and high schoolers learn more about the tactical decisions and military strategies of these important months during the...
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World War II: A Visual History

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Explore the enormity of World War II, including its causes, prominent battles, and historical figures, with an interactive map and timeline. Divided into each year from 1939 to 1945, as well as sections pre- and post-war, the resource...
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What Happens When You Have a Concussion?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Ever had a concussion? Watch a video that explains the complicated dangers of concussions and how brain neurons are damaged during a concussion. Discover ways to heal the brain after a concussion and the long term effects of head trauma.
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Americans in Great Britain: 1942-1945

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Watch the pivotal moments of America's presence in embattled Britain during World War II with an exceptional interactive tool. From personal stories about life on the front lines to a map that tracks every group and division throughout...
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Entering Italy: The Naples-Foggia Campaign

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The second half of 1943 found Allied soldiers struggling to separate Italy from the Axis Alliance and to solidify the new Italian government under Prime Minister Pietro Badoglio. High schoolers take a deeper look at the intricacies of...
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The Ferocious Predatory Dinosaurs of Cretaceous Sahara

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What's not to love about dinosaurs? Lucky for us humans, we can love to learn about them from 100 million years away, especially a group of extra large predatory dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period. Watch a descriptive video that...
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Memory Items

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Ready to have an "unforgettable" time in science class? Try a fun and insightful activity, suitable for a wide age group of learners. Explore how human memory works when pupils try to remember objects they've seen before comparing the...
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Anne Frank: Facing Hatred, Daring to Dream

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
The stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White illustrate the power of children to make a difference. The three lesson in this must-have resource are designed to inspire young people to make a difference in their world....
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Navigating with the Kamal

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Historians have proven that as early as 1497 skilled navigators were using a kamal to sail across oceans. Scholars learn about navigation tools and astronomy before building their own kamals. They then learn how to use it to determine...
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Identity-Based Bullying

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
What is identity? What is bullying? What is identity-based bullying? After discussing these questions as a class, pupils engage in partner discussions before participating in a small group activity to act out bullying scenarios. Then,...
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Passionate Pursuits

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Not all technology is digital. Teach learners about the low-tech maker movement with a photo essay about six artisans from California and two articles about the local creator movement. After tackling the photo essay in small groups,...
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ABC’s of Bullying Prevention

For Students Pre-K - 12th Standards
What is the problem? Why should I care? What can I do about it? These three questions are at the heart of a program designed to lead young people to understand that the way to prevent bullying is for their Attitude and Behavior to Change...
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Why Every Youth Vote Matters

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Soon-to-be voters learn the significance of their votes by engaging in group work, discussing articles about particularly close elections and powerful quotes about voting, and creating t-shirt designs to encourage voting.
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Preventing Voter Fraud or Encouraging Voter Suppression?

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The issues of voter fraud and voter suppression are relevant in every election, local as well as national. Soon-to-be voters learn about a recent bill proposed in North Carolina, the Voter Information and Verification Act, and decide for...
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Exploring Who Can Vote and How to Vote

For Students 8th - 12th
Voting requirements and voting laws in the USA have been controversial since the establishment of our democracy. While focused on North Carolina, this lesson gives any class a thoughtful examination of the laws about voting eligibility,...
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Exploring the Electoral College

For Students 8th - 12th
Does your vote really count? This activity helps young voters learn about the electoral college through a TED talk, a helpful handout, discussion prompts, and then a role-playing activity that has participants simulating an election on a...
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Are You a Democrat or a Republican? Are You Really?

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Have new or soon-to-be voters examine different political parties and their platforms as they figure out which one aligns most with their beliefs. After taking a few online quizzes, students split into pairs to discuss and then in larger...
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Continental Differences

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Students break into groups and closely investigate primary sources associated with the seven different continents. After deciding which continent their primary sources relate to, representatives from each group present their findings to...
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Differences Among Colonial Regions

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Classes look at and analyze primary source images to explore the differences between the colonial regions during the Revolutionary era. They break into groups to tackle each region and then present their findings to the class. A final...