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100 People: A World Portrait

A global education toolbox. Lesson Plans 100 People is all about keeping it simple. We simplify the world's population by replacing numbers with faces and stories. We've spent the last five years asking students to help us simplify complex global statistics by introducing us to the people that represent their part of the world. 100 People was founded…  learn more

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25 Great Lesson Plans for Constitution Day

Any of the following 25 lesson plans would provide an excellent entry point into a classroom discussion about the significance of the U.S. Constitution and the rights that it protects.  learn more

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9/11 Activities for Elementary Students

For most adults, these events are etched in our brains. But students today are too young to remember the attacks. So you'll have to decide how much to share with them. You might choose to discuss the terror attacks and their impact, or simply deliver a lesson on heroism. (Follow these guidelines for talking with young…  learn more

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9/11 Memorial Museum

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers interactive lesson plans for students in grades 3 to 12 that address the 9/11 attacks, their ongoing repercussions, and the history of the World Trade Center. Lessons plans are divided by grade level and theme below.  learn more

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Ancestry: Making Connections Between the Past & Present

Ancestry® has a long-term commitment to education, and we’re proud to assist educators and parents with their focus on finding new and unique curriculum topics and to foster more personal connections to important moments in history and their own family story. After all, research shows that family history research is a powerful tool for building…  learn more

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Anniberg Classroom: Lesson Plans Archives

Most of these lessons are based on Annenberg Classroom videos. Teachers may contact info@annenbergclassroom.org to get the Teacher’s Key for the lesson plans. Teachers will also find lessons for teaching critical thinking skills.  learn more

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Best Free Constitution Day Lessons and Activities

These free Constitution Day lessons and activities will inspire students to understand, question, and debate the most important issues of our day. By Diana RestifoSeptember 13, 2022  learn more

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Best Presidents Day Lessons and Activities

Tech & Learning These Presidents Day lessons and activities are all free, easy to access and provide many different ways of teaching and learning about U.S. presidents.  Diana Restifo  February 01, 2022  learn more

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Bill of Rights Educator Hub

Educator Hub BRI is a teacher service organization with over 20 years of history growing and supporting our educator network. Learn more about our resources.  learn more

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Bill of Rights Institute Lessons

Primary-source-based, ready-to-use lesson plans for history, government, and civics classrooms  learn more

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C-SPAN Classroom

C-SPAN Classroom is a FREE membership service that works with C-SPAN's programs on public affairs, coverage of Congress, non-fiction books and American history to create free resources for teachers, students and the public to use in classrooms, projects or for research. Our website provides social studies teachers with access to thousands of free resources, including…  learn more

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C-SPAN Classroom: Lesson Plans

This section of the website is designed to enhance social studies curriculums by providing teachers with structured lesson plans that examine a variety of topics and are supplemented with video clips of related C-SPAN programming. Our lessons are separated into categories commonly studied in social studies curriculums. Our lessons contain an overview, vocab words, suggested…  learn more

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C-SPAN Lesson Plans

Free video-based materials for social studies teachers. C-SPAN Classroom is a FREE membership service that works with C-SPAN's programs on public affairs, coverage of Congress, non-fiction books and American history to create free resources for teachers, students and the public to use in classrooms, projects or for research. Our website provides social studies teachers with…  learn more

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Celebration, Conflict & Contemplation: Digital Thanksgiving Activities & Lesson Plans for Students

Take students on a historical journey with our free pre-K12 Thanksgiving activities and resources for use in distance or hybrid learning classrooms.  learn more

Center for Civic Education: Teacher Resources

The Center for Civic Education helps students develop (1) an increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, (2) the skills necessary to participate as competent and responsible citizens, and (3) the willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict. To fulfill this mission, the Center develops high-quality curricular materials, provides exceptional professional development for teachers, and advocates for stronger civic education in the United States and emerging democracies.  learn more

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Civic for Education: Constitution Day Lesson Plans

September 17 is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. Federal…  learn more

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Civics in Digital Life: Lesson Plans for Grades 8-12

Free lessons and activities to spark students' curiosity, critical thinking, and civic engagement. With our Civics in Digital Life lessons, you can help your students consider important topics that cut across news and media literacy, digital citizenship, social and emotional learning (SEL), and civics. Designed for upper-middle school and high school students, these learning activities…  learn more

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Constitution 101 Curriculum: High School

Constitution 101 is a 15-unit asynchronous, semester-long curriculum that provides students with a basic understanding of the Constitution’s text, history, structure, and caselaw. Drawing on primary source documents from our new, curated online Founders’ Library—containing over 170 historical texts and over 70 landmark Supreme Court cases selected by leading experts of different perspectives—students will study the historical…  learn more

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Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans

The American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson is a free, award-winning community-based site that brings together educators, parents and caregivers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, specialized instructional support personnel, union and nonunion members, educational partners, and higher education professionals who have the common goal of finding and sharing the best educational resources available. Share My…  learn more

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Digital Storytelling Lessons

Creative Educator focuses on effective ideas and strategies to foster creativity and engage students in the curriculum. Articles are designed to provide you with an informed and diverse view of today’s educational technology field, including fresh ideas about project-based learning, classroom management, and creativity. The classroom stories illustrate how educators are already utilizing creativity tools…  learn more

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EconEdLink-All Grades

EconEdLink is brought to you by the Council for Economic Education. CEE is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school—and we have been doing so for nearly 70 years. The Internet-based lessons are targeted for K-12 teachers and their students.…  learn more

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Edsitement at the National Endowment for the Humanities

Edsitement at the NEH offers "the best of the Humanities on the Web" in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities. Edsitement brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to the classroom. EdSITEment, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, hosts a wide range…  learn more

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EDSITEment: Lesson Plans

EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment offers free resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality K-12 humanities education materials in the subject areas of history and social studies, literature and language arts, foreign languages, arts, and culture. All websites linked to EDSITEment have…  learn more

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Education World: Biography Acrostic

A perfect culminating activity for your biography, history, or literature unit. Students will learn how acrostic poems differ from other forms of poetry. explore samples of acrostics to see how the form can vary. write an acrostic about a famous person (or event).  learn more

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Education World: Constitution Day Lessons and Resources

Education World has gathered resources that will help you find the perfect way -- whether you teach kindergarten or high school. These lesson ideas and resources provide the tools you will need to recognize Constitution Day this year and in years to come.  learn more

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Encountering History: Free Resources Teaching 9/11

Teaching 9/11 in the classroom can be challenging and providing age-appropriate resources will help deepen your students' understanding and develop their critical thinking skills. Use these free articles, videos and lesson plans from Scholastic Magazines+ to help you approach this difficult topic with your students.  learn more

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Facing History & Ourselves: Resource Library

Find compelling classroom resources, learn new teaching methods, meet standards, and make a difference in the lives of your students.  learn more

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Facing History and Ourselves: Lessons & Mini-Lessons

We use lessons of the past to help us create a better future. Facing History & Ourselves uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. Our lessons are written using Facing History’s unique pedagogical approach, with activities that balance personal reflection and collaboration and draw upon…  learn more

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Free Resources for World History, US History, & Civics!

Check out this free sample pack of over 30 pages of awesome social studies resources! Inside you'll find interactive notebook pages, digital Google Drive activities, primary and secondary source worksheets, and more! There are resources for World History, US History, and Civics all in this one awesome free download! Our curricula for World History, US History, and…  learn more

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Global Game Changes

MY TALENT + MY HEART = MY SUPERPOWER!™ That’s the message that our students start with and hear every day.  At Global Game Changers, we believe that rich social emotional skills, leadership skills, and character development come from empowering students to look around and consider what they can do to make this world a better…  learn more

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Hands on Banking

Make teaching money management skills as simple as 1-2-3. Designed to teach valuable financial skills, the Hands on Banking® program offers free online courses, lessons and activities that will help you guide students through real-life scenarios and group discussions. And all without any endorsements or advertising. Whether you are teaching young children or teenagers, Hands on…  learn more

Help Teaching: Online Self-Paced Social Studies Lessons

Our social studies lessons are designed to help students learn geography, U.S. history, world history, and traits of government, as well as help students build the critical thinking skills they need to experience success with any social studies curriculum. Lessons without a video source noted are text and image-based, similar to what students would find in a textbook. All lessons also include practice questions to use for pre-assessment and practice, as well as links to longer, more formal tests and worksheets to assess what students have learned.  learn more

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Helping Teaching: Online Self-Paced Social Studies Lessons

Our social studies lessons are designed to help students learn geography, U.S. history, world history, and traits of government, as well as help students build the critical thinking skills they need to experience success with any social studies curriculum. Our lessons for middle/high school students are meant for self-directed online learning. Many of our lessons…  learn more

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iCivic: The Constitution

The Constitution Students will learn how our Constitution was created and what some of its key characteristics are. They will also explore key amendments to the Constitution and their application in protecting citizens' rights. Planning to celebrate Constitution Day with your students? Find our most popular resources in this collection.  learn more

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iCivics & History’s Mysteries

iCivics is partnering with History’s Mysteries to integrate its K-5 learning offerings into the iCivics suite of educational materials. Similarly, History’s Mysteries places young learners in grades K-5 in the center of the action by challenging them to act as history detectives. Its curriculum asks students a “Big Question” such as “What does it mean to…  learn more

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iCivics Constitution Day Activities

Why is Constitution Day important to teach? Constitution Day, September 17, 2022, is an opportunity to engage students in the U.S. Constitution’s continued relevance. Use this day and the weeks leading up to teach students about the Constitution’s history, the rights students have, how those rights are protected, and how understanding their rights can help them…  learn more

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iCivics Lesson Plans for Teachers

Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics re-imagines civic education for American democracy. With iCivics, nearly 10 million students learn about our government, the rule of law, and civic issues. We make civic education relevant to new generations of Americans through online games and innovative classroom resources—for free. Kick off the school year exploring what…  learn more

iCivics: Free Lesson Plans & Games

Remote Learning Toolkit For Educators. Explore our free, easy-to-use games and lesson plans (ideal for Google Classroom, Nearpod, and more!) that will help you prioritize civic learning and keep your students engaged in a remote classroom.  learn more

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In the News: The Heat Was On

Nervous delegates, arguments, and a heat wave. These were just a few of the things the Founders dealt with as they wrote the United States Constitution.  learn more

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Izzit

Entertaining & educational videos come with tons of additional resources — Teacher's Guide, activities, quizzes, and much more! We also offer Current Events lessons — two each school day with vocabulary words and discussion questions.  learn more

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Kids Discover: Free Lesson Plans

With a specialty in science and social studies, our team of talented writers, award-winning designers and illustrators, and subject experts from leading institutions is committed to a single mission: to get children excited about reading and learning.  learn more

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Lesson plan: Veterans Day and the meaning of sacrifice

Use this PBS NewsHour lesson plan to help students understand the significance of Veterans Day and the meaning of sacrifice. Students will identify important veterans in their lives, examine an interactive timeline of military history and study issues facing veterans today.  learn more

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Lesson: Behind Every Name, Stories from the Holocaust

By examining true personal stories, told through short animations, students learn about unique individual experiences within the historical context of the Holocaust. This activity contains an extension to examine the role of artifacts in understanding history.  learn more

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Library of Congress: Lesson Plans

Teacher-created lesson plans using Library of Congress primary sources.  learn more

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Making History Come Alive Through Poetry and Song

This lesson pairs a magazine article about the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck in 1975 with the Gordon Lightfoot song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” After comparing and contrasting the elements of each text, students will choose a historical event and, using the song as a model, create a narrative poem about their chosen event. In addition, more contemporary…  learn more

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Marginal Revolution University: Economicss

We believe economics has the power to change the way you see the world. That’s right. We said you. In fact, at Marginal Revolution University (MRU for short!), we believe there’s an inner economist in all of us. Which is why we are on a mission to provide a world-class economics education to everyone, everywhere…  learn more

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Midterm Elections Matter

This lesson is intended to help students understand that midterm elections (whether they be for congressional candidates, governor, state representatives, or state initiatives) are equally as important as the presidential race every four years.  learn more

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Nine 9/11 Activities & Lesson Plans for the Classroom

Read on for 9/11 activities and lesson plans designed for middle and high school classrooms. Brenda Iasevoli August 10, 2021  learn more

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PBS: MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Daily News Lessons. Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Classroom provides middle and high school students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events. Classroom’s mission is to help middle and high school students understand world events and national issues and answer the question, “Why should I…  learn more

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Presidents Day Lesson Plans and Resources

Share My Lesson Created and maintained by the American Federation of Teachers, Share My Lesson is a community of teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, specialized instructional support personnel, higher education faculty, and parents and caregivers who contribute content, collaborate, and stay up to date on the issues that matter to students and educators everywhere.  learn more

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Presidents' Day Lessons

Teach your high school students about the constitutional legacy of George Washington, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan this Presidents' Day. These free, ready-to-use lessons will engage your students in learning about these important presidents and how they shaped the history and Constitution of our nation. Each lesson was written and reviewed by scholars…  learn more

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Resources for Educators and Students

The Educator's Toolkit The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) has several resources for educators and programs across all grade levels. The Educator’s Toolkit highlights the resources TYLA has created for educators. Several of these resources meet Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards, include viewing guides and/or curriculum materials and address important social issues that…  learn more

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Rosa Parks Arrested

Historical Figure & Event. Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. On her bus ride home from work on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks sat in the first row of the "colored section." The bus was crowded, and when asked to give up her seat for a white…  learn more

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September 11: Lessons and Resources for Classroom Teachers

Education World presents Remembering September 11, which includes five new lessons to help teachers reflect upon the September 11, 2001, attack on the United States. Those lessons keep alive the spirit of patriotism and tolerance stimulated by the events of 9/11. We also offer below a long list of online lessons and other resources to help…  learn more

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Smithsonian Tween Tribune: Lesson Plans

Lesson Planning Made Easy Our lesson plans refresh themselves with new stories, questions and quizzes posted everyday. Each also includes links to the Common Core standards that apply and are aligned with Texas STAAR and Virginia SOL. Teacher Lesson Plans  learn more

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Smithsonian's History Explorer: Lessons & Activities

Smithsonian's History Explorer was developed by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history. The site is designed for use by K-12 teachers and students, afterschool program providers, families, and individuals interested in lifelong learning. History Explorer's…  learn more

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Stanford History Education Group

Our lessons and assessments are available for free download once you've created an account.  learn more

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Supreme Court Historical Society

Classroom Resources for Teachers and Students. The Supreme Court Historical Society is a private non-profit organization, incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1974. The Society is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Society seeks to accomplish its mission by supporting historical research,…  learn more

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Teacher Vision: Mini-Lessons

Mini-lessons promote easy, regular skill-building Teach your students smaller concepts with focused mini lessons; they will later be able to relate this smaller idea to a larger concept or skill. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable. Become an Instant Expert on Science and Social Studies topics featured in DK's award-winning reference series. Find…  learn more

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TeachersFirst's Geography Awareness and Exploration Resources

There are many ways to view and learn about our world: maps, statistics, photographs, narratives, interactive navigation systems, and mobile apps. Exploring geography and seeing relationships between natural resources, maps, landforms, climate, and human activity can seem overwhelming, but exciting.  learn more

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TeacherVision: Instant Expert

Become an instant expert on science and social studies topics featured in DK's award-winning reference series. Find whiteboard-compatible mini-lessons and the reference material you need to reinforce key concepts.  August 23, 2022  learn more

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TeacherVision: Veterans Day Activities, Printables & Lessons

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, which commemorated the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Today, Veteran’s Day honors all of America’s veterans for their patriotism, their service, and their sacrifice for their country. Despite an attempt to move the date of Veterans Day when the Uniform Holiday Bill was signed, it…  learn more

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The 9/11 Lesson

THE 9/11 LESSON: Celebrating Real Life Superheroes! is an educational experience that engages elementary students in a self-contained interactive multi-sensory, multi-tiered online platform that gives them a personal and in-depth exploration of 9/11 and culminates in meaningful service projects. Using our online environment, students will be able to participate in-class or at-home through hands-on activities, community-oriented service…  learn more

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The 9/11 Lesson: Celebrating Real-Life Superheroes

Global Game Changers received a three-year AmeriCorps 9/11 Day of Service Federal Grant to develop a unique educational experience and lessons to fulfill our project vision and mission. Vision: That all elementary students across the country will learn about the significance of the events of 9/11 and the real-life superheroes who responded, and in their…  learn more

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The National WWII Museum New Orleans

The National WWII Museum is dedicated to providing materials you can use in your classroom to teach about the war. We offer free, primary-source driven lesson plans, image galleries, and other resources to make teaching WWII easier for you and more interactive for your students.  learn more

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum - Teacher Resources

Explore Museum suggestions for where to begin teaching about the Holocaust. We include resources for teaching with limited clExplore Museum suggestions for where to begin teaching about the Holocaust. We include resources for teaching with limited class time, for English/Language Arts, and for History classes.ass time, for English/Language Arts, and for History classes. Teaching About…  learn more

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Veterans Day Activities

The Veterans Day pages will provide you with great activities and lessons to help you and your students honor our country's heroes. Ideas within the Veteran's Day pages include: scavenger hunts, lesson plans, printable worksheets, and Internet resources.  learn more

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Veterans' Day Lesson Plans

Lesson Planet was started to help educators spend less time searching so that they could spend more time teaching.  learn more

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Why did Phillis Wheatley Disappear

TED Talk In 1775, General George Washington received a poem from one of colonial America’s most famous writers. Its verses praised the burgeoning revolution, invoking the goddess of their new nation to aid the general’s cause. But this ode to liberty wasn’t written by some aloof aristocratic admirer. Its author was a young enslaved Black…  learn more

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Women's History Month

Education can enhance the power of individuals to solve problems for themselves, their families, communities, and society at large. To solve problems, people need knowledge and skills: Critical-thinking skills, research skills, knowing how, when, and what questions to ask to dig deeper and gain understanding — question everything! Scientific methodology — Formulate a hypothesis, test,…  learn more