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Teaching Resources for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Below are links to activities, lesson plans, and resources you can use in your classroom from NEA.

10 Free Activities, Lessons, Videos, and More

Looking for free resources for your classroom? Below are some great websites compiled by NEA where you can find printables, books, instructional videos for you and your students, lesson plans, and much more.

  • The USGS Water Science School
    Water is unique and vital to all life on Earth. These resources for K-8 science learners cover water basics, properties, cycle, surface water, groundwater, quality, and use.
  • Learning Math
    Learning math can be challenging. Teaching it? Downright daunting. These multimedia college-level professional development courses can give K-8 teachers a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics, to help students develop strong math skills.
  • Architect Studio 3D
    Students in grades 5-8 design houses and share them with others. They explore architecture and learn about Frank Lloyd Wright’s life and work while gaining practice in subject skills.

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Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Projects, Resources, and More

This Earth Day, April 22, 2015, explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly. Retired middle school teacher Phil Nast compiled the following resources for NEA.

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Lessons and Resources for Teaching About Spring

It’s officially here, and hopefully soon the weather will make it easier to believe it really is spring. NEA offers a variety of lessons, activities, and curriculum resources to help teach students about the new season.

Lessons and Activities for Women’s History Month

Hellen Keller. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life with these lessons and activities. NEA offers the following teaching resources, compiled by Phil Nast, for Women’s History Month 2015 following the theme Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

Lessons and Resources for Black History Month

How will you celebrate Black History Month at your school? Here are some lesson plans and resources compiled by Phil Nast for NEA to help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom.

10 Free Resources for Educators

Teacher resourcesNEA offers a variety of educational resources to support teachers. Below is a selection of websites where you can find printables, books, instructional videos for you and your students, lesson plans, and other free resources for your classroom.

Black History Month Teaching Resources

Photo by LizMarie_AK via Flickr.

Photo by LizMarie_AK via Flickr.

Educators looking to explore the journeys and stories of black Americans today can find a variety of resources online to support their teaching. Below are a few of the lesson plans, activities, resources, and videos available. Read more

Thanksgiving Activities and Lessons

Creative commons licensed photo from Flickr by mtsofan.

Looking for ways to incorporate Thanksgiving into your lessons next week?  NEA provides a great list of lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies.  Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom

November is also National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. See these web pages to learn more:

National Museum of the American Indian

National Trust for Historic Preservation
This website highlights efforts across America to protect the cultural legacies of Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other indigenous peoples of the United States and its territories. It offers profiles, audio files, and videos of individuals, photographs.

Native American Heritage Month
This website provides teacher resources, including photographs, geographic location of tribes, and Library of Congress webcasts. You have to dig around, but there is some interesting content on the site.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Es hora de celebrar — Hispanic Heritage Month begins today!  This celebration of Hispanic culture and tradition is observed September 15 – October 15 every year.  The celebration is timed to coincide with the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

Below are some resources from NEA to help bring Hispanic Heritage Month to your classroom.

NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen, one of the most influential Hispanic educators in the United States, gave a speech yesterday at a gathering of Hispanic community and political leaders.

“The face of America is changing,” Eskelsen said.  “But one thing will not change. It hasn’t changed for over 200 years. Public education will continue to be the key—la llave a la puerta de la oportunidad. Everything hinges on public education because NEA’s mission is to take all children, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, income, language, skills or ability or disability; we take all children and give them the keys to the doors they might want to open.”  Read the complete press release and watch video of Eskelsen and other leaders speaking here.

Hispanics have become the largest minority group in the U.S., and that growth is reflected in America’s public schools. Fifty million students attend public schools. About 20 percent of public school students—10 million children—are Hispanics. Moreover, according to the U.S. Census, one out of every four kindergarten students in the U.S. today is Latino.

How do you plan to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in your classroom?  Leave a comment and share your ideas with your colleagues.


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