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Teach students about International Women's Day with these activities. (Grades 5-8)

International Women's Day

Teach students about International Women's Day and Women's History Month with these activities.

A collection of games that teachers can use in class to explore issues around immigrants and refugees.

Exploring the World in Your Class

Excellent article on games teachers can use in class to explore issues around immigrants and refugees. Several suggestions and tips.

When it seems as though politicians and others can’t agree on basic facts, it’s more important than ever to encourage our students to seek truth.

Teaching Why Facts Still Matter

A student’s shoes stopped in front of the words Facts and Myths written on ground

Learn how Thanksgiving became a national holiday. Each educational video on the history of Thanksgiving is paired with three extension activities to use in your classroom. Grades K-12

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities

Learn how Thanksgiving became a national holiday. Each educational video on the history of Thanksgiving is paired with three extension activities to use in your classroom. Grades K-12

The FutureFit Projects incorporate social-emotional, 21st Century, and college- and career-readiness skills into core curriculum through our FutureFit skill set. They take the burden off of teachers and allow them to integrate skills like entrepreneurialism, global awareness and creativity seamlessly into the content they are already teaching. The FutureFit Projects are designed to supplement standard curriculum units in all subjects - STEM, social studies, ELA, and more.

FutureFit Project

The FutureFit Projects incorporate social-emotional, 21st Century, and college- and career-readiness skills into core curriculum through our FutureFit skill set. They take the burden off of teachers and allow them to integrate skills like entrepreneurialism, global awareness and creativity seamlessly into the content they are already teaching. The FutureFit Projects are designed to supplement standard curriculum units in all subjects - STEM, social studies, ELA, and more.

Learn about the origins of Halloween traditions through these educational videos and activities. Students will learn about Halloween's Irish roots, the Celtic festival of Samhain, All Souls' Day, and the origins of trick-or-treating. Each Halloween video is paired with three extension activities for your classroom. Grades K-12

Halloween Videos & Activities

Learn about the origins of Halloween traditions through these educational videos and activities. Students will learn about Halloween's Irish roots, the Celtic festival of Samhain, All Souls' Day, and the origins of trick-or-treating. Each Halloween video is paired with three extension activities for your classroom. Grades K-12

Share a reading passage about Día de los Muertos with your students. After reading about Day of the Dead celebrations, students will use a dictionary to define vocabulary words from the passage. As part of the vocabulary review, they will match Spanish words and phrases with English descriptions. Grades 6-10.

Day of the Dead Reading Passage & Vocabulary Printable (Grades 6-10)

Share a reading passage about Día de los Muertos with your students. After reading about Day of the Dead celebrations, students will use a dictionary to define vocabulary words from the passage. As part of the vocabulary review, they will match Spanish words and phrases with English descriptions. Grades 6-10.

Since 1947, The National Turkey Federation (NTF) and The Poultry and Egg National Board (PENB) have donated a turkey to the White House each Thanksgiving—a tradition that is often confused with the Thanksgiving presidential turkey pardon. Officially, the presidential turkey pardon began during George H.W. Bush's first Thanksgiving in the White House in 1989. Prior to that event, presidents were more likely to eat the donated birds rather than spare them. Follow this slideshow for more! Gr…

Thanksgiving Traditions at the White House

Since 1947, The National Turkey Federation (NTF) and The Poultry and Egg National Board (PENB) have donated a turkey to the White House each Thanksgiving—a tradition that is often confused with the Thanksgiving presidential turkey pardon. Officially, the presidential turkey pardon began during George H.W. Bush's first Thanksgiving in the White House in 1989. Prior to that event, presidents were more likely to eat the donated birds rather than spare them. Follow this slideshow for more! Gr…

Compare Daylight Saving Time observances in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the European Union, Australia, and China.   Grades: 3-12 Subjects: Social Studies, History, Math

Daylight Saving Time Observances Around the World

Teaching Children How to Keep Time. Telling time is an important skill, but keeping time is a life skill that will help children navigate way more than the hands on a clock. Time Keeping is a practice. Find ways to help children keep time.

In this lesson, students look at current events to analyze how our constitutional system of checks and balances works.

Teaching and Learning About Governmental Checks and Balances and the Trump Administration

Time for Congress to Investigate Mr. Trump’s Ties to Russia - The possibility that Russia has infiltrated the highest levels of our government is a national security threat that Congress must investigate.

Introduce the history, traditions, and symbols of Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, through educational videos and activities. Students will learn about Mesoamerican beliefs about death and European influences on this celebration. Each video is paired with four extension activities for your classroom. Subjects covered include Mexican history, geography, religious and cultural celebrations, and North American history.

Day of the Dead Videos & Activities

Introduce the history, traditions, and symbols of Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, through educational videos and activities. Students will learn about Mesoamerican beliefs about death and European influences on this celebration. Each video is paired with four extension activities for your classroom. Subjects covered include Mexican history, geography, religious and cultural celebrations, and North American history.

November is Native American Heritage Month. This FutureFit Project is a supplemental project-based lesson exploring the transition of Native American nomadic societies to farming communities, their use of companion plantings, and the importance of heirloom seeds and the preservation of our agricultural heritage. It is designed to reinforce core science subject material while also incorporating social-emotional learning and 21st Century skills and concepts.

Seed Keepers - Native American Agriculture

November is Native American Heritage Month. This FutureFit Project is a supplemental project-based lesson exploring the transition of Native American nomadic societies to farming communities, their use of companion plantings, and the importance of heirloom seeds and the preservation of our agricultural heritage. It is designed to reinforce core science subject material while also incorporating social-emotional learning and 21st Century skills and concepts.

Learn about the construction of the Panama Canal by reading the background information and doing one of the related activities. (Grades 5-8)

Panama Canal

Learn about the construction of the Panama Canal by reading the background information and doing one of the related activities.

Promote thoughtful discussion about race, heritage, and women's history with this printable discussion guide to Flygirl. It includes questions, research, and activities about World War II and the Women Airforce Service Pilots program.  Grades:	7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12  Subjects:	Reading and Literature | Social Studies and History | Science  Themes:	Women in STEM  Type: Literature Guide | Worksheet  Holidays:	Black History Month | Women's History Month

Flygirl: Book Discussion Guide (Literature Printable, 7th-12th Grade)

Promote thoughtful discussion about race, heritage, and women's history with this printable discussion guide to Flygirl. It includes questions, research, and activities about World War II and the Women Airforce Service Pilots program.

Promote thoughtful discussion about race, heritage, and women's history with this printable discussion guide to Flygirl. It includes questions, research, and activities about World War II and the Women Airforce Service Pilots program.  Grades:	7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12  Subjects:	Reading and Literature | Social Studies and History | Science  Themes:	Women in STEM  Type: Literature Guide | Worksheet  Holidays:	Black History Month | Women's History Month

Flygirl: Book Discussion Guide (Literature Printable, 7th-12th Grade)

Promote thoughtful discussion about race, heritage, and women's history with this printable discussion guide to Flygirl. It includes questions, research, and activities about World War II and the Women Airforce Service Pilots program.

Science, Technology, and Society: The First Telephone | With this printable worksheet, students read about Alexander Graham Bell and his invention of the telephone. They are encouraged to discuss the process of invention. (Grade 3)

Science, Technology, and Society: The First Telephone

Students read about Alexander Graham Bell and his invention of the telephone. They are encouraged to discuss the process of invention.

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