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.
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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
NEA 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.
- Teaching Channel: Videos That Inspire Teaching
Find more than 800 videos of effective K-12 teaching practices, which can be searched by keyword or browsed, and filtered by subject, grade, and topic. Registration is free and allows access to downloadable resources.
- Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution
This twelve-chapter introduction to the French Revolution provides an archive of some of the Revolution’s most important documents. Find access to texts, images and music. Suitable for European History or French students in grades 9-12. Read more
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:
- Native Words/Native Warriors
This web area provides text, lesson plans, and other resources on the codetalkers of World War I and II.
- American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving (Upper Elementary and Middle School)
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.
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.
- Lesson plans to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
- A list of resources for learning more about Hispanic history, culture, and education.
- Hispanic education issues, scholarships, and other online resources.
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.