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How Are We Different?
Students explain and accept the similarities and differences between girls and boys. They focus on gender neutrality and recognize gender bias, stereotyping, and discrimination in school materials, activities, and classroom instruction.
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Youth Emergency Preparedness
Preparation is key when it comes to dealing with disasters. Starting with a lesson series centered around researching the facts about different types of emergencies, children go on to create preparedness plans and learn how to respond in...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review Learn from the Past, Create the Future: Inventions and Patents
3D printers, selfie sticks, smart watches. GPS, self-driving cars, YouTube. Imagine life without inventions. Believe it or not, these items were all invented in the last 10 years. Inventions, and the inventors responsible for them, are...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Small Moments in the History of the World Trade Center
"How could we have good memories of something sad?" As part of their study of the events of 9/11, class members listen to a reading of the children's picture book, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, and then create an "I lost . ....
K - 2nd Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
How Can We Locate Places?
How can we locate places? Maps, of course! Expose second graders to the tools available in maps and discuss how these tools can help people find locations. Students also look at communities, including what makes a community and the...
2nd Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Memorial Day Lesson
From where did Memorial Day originate, and how does it differ from Veterans Day? Offer pupils a great lesson on the history of this important national holiday in the United States, utilizing best teaching practices throughout, such as...
2nd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Are the "Star-Belly Sneetches" Good Citizens?
Create a tight-knit classroom community with a lesson that stresses the importance of belonging. First, Dr. Seuss lends his wise words about citizenship through The Sneetches and Other Stories. After a grand conversation about the...
K - 2nd Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What Is Authority?
Young scholars examine the concepts of power and authority as they begin learning about government in this elementary social studies lesson. Through a series of readings, discussions, and problem solving activities, children learn about...
1st - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Five Themes of Geography
Help young scholars find their place in this world with this collection of geography materials. Whether they are writing down information in the flippable note-taking guide, or identifying the five themes of geography in sample postcard...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Religion & Spirituality - Exploring the California Missions
The California missions were built with the hope of converting the local Native Americans to Catholicism, but exactly how different were their beliefs to begin with? Through analysis of a series of primary source documents, young...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Building a Skyscraper
Creating buildings that reach hundreds of feet into the sky is no easy task. The third instructional activity in this series begins with four activities that engage young architects in exploring the major challenges that are faced when...
2nd - 4th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable