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10 Free Things for National Nutrition Month

Emphasize the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Our recommended resources include teaching guides, lesson plans, best practices, tip sheets, online learning games, educational videos, posters, book lists, coloring pages and more.

Grades preK-12

  1. School Breakfast Week
    The first week of March is National School Breakfast Week. The NEA Foundation supports Breakfast in the Classroom and partners with organizations to provide grants for Breakfast in the Classroom programs.
  2. eatright.org
    Provides information on food, health and fitness and sections for kids, parents, men, women, and seniors.

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March is Music in Our Schools Month

March is Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) website provides ideas for how to participate in MIOSM and promote support for school music. A menu offers downloadable MIOSM logos for web and print use, and activity ideas.

How to Incorporate Music in Your Subject suggests how teachers can include music in math, foreign language, social studies, and language arts classes.

Lesson Plans

ReadWriteThink.org has a number of K-12 lesson plans suitable for MIOSM, as do ArtsAlive and ArtsEdge. Here are some sample lessons and activities:

Free Resources for Teaching About St. Patrick’s Day

Check out these curriculum resources for all grade levels for exploring Irish culture and history. Resources include videos, arts and crafts, printables, worksheets, interactive maps, and tutorials.

Help your students learn about and explore Irish culture, history and traditions, including Irish folktales literature, recipes, Celtic art and mythology, the Great Potato Famine, and more.

For Grades K-5

1. Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato (8:08) 
An Irish folktale. A leprechaun offers Jamie O’Rourke the biggest potato in the world if Jamie will let him go. (Grades K-2)

2. History of St. Patrick’s Day
Nine brief videos covering the history of St. Patrick’s Day and associated traditions. (Grades K-5) Read more

Women’s History Month in the Classroom

“The First Picket Line – College Day in the Picket Line. Photograph. Feb. 1917. From Library of Congress: National Woman’s Party records, Manuscript Division. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/97500299

The theme for Women’s History Month in 2020 is “Valiant Women of the Vote.”

Honor the women who fought to win the right to vote a century ago, and for those who still fight to win that right for others.

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Presidents’ Day Activities for the Classroom

For this Presidents’ Day, observed February 17, celebrate the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, their contributions to the United States, and the lives and contributions of all our 45 Presidents.

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Ten Free Things for Valentine’s Day

  1. Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages & Bingo Sheets
    Valentine-themed cards, coloring pages, and 10 different Bingo games! (Grades K-3)
  2. Free printable Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages
    Add a little color to Valentine’s Day with our free coloring pages—for kids and adults!
    (Grades K-3)
  3. Heart Bookmark
    Make a bookmark template with card stock and Valentine bookmarks from decorative paper. (Grades 2-4)
  4. The Story of St. Valentine (PDF icon PDF,  22 KB, 4 pgs.)
    The legend of St. Valentine with reading comprehension questions and a brief essay assignment. (Grades 3-5)
  5. Crayon Hearts
    Make Valentine hearts to hang in a window with wax paper, crayons, and an iron. (Grades 4-6)
  6. Valentine’s Day
    An archive of art activities. (Grades K-12)
  7. How To Make A Heart-Shaped Garland
    Festoon your classroom with a Valentine’s Day garland. (Grades 6-8)
  8. DIY Double Knot Bracelet
    An instructional video. (3:44)  (Grades K-12)
  9. Valentine’s Day Facts: Gifts, History, and Love Science
    A brief history of Valentine’s Day from its less than tender beginnings in Ancient Rome to the big business it has become. (Grades 6-12)
  10. Valentine’s Day
    Twelve short videos on the history of Valentine’s Day; chocolate; the science of attraction, kissing and love; and, more. (Grades 10-12)

Bonus

  1. St Valentine’s Day Massacre (17:53)
    The History Detectives investigate a shotgun possibly used at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. This episode looks at the contributions of one of the pioneers of ballistic science and includes additional video on weapons dating and ballistics. (Grades 6-12)

Celebrate the 100th Day of School

The 100th day of school is fast approaching. It generally falls in early February in Connecticut, though of course that depends on when your school year started and how many snow days you’ve had.

Whenever it happens in your school, here are 10 activities, resources, and suggestions from NEA to help your elementary students get excited about mathematics! Read more

Black History Month Lessons and Resources

Photo by LizMarie_AK via Flickr.

To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, NEA offers a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety of subjects and that can be adapted to fit multiple grade levels.

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Groundhog Day for the Classroom

On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil will see or not see his shadow. Explore light and shadow in math, science, and art lessons and have fun with the following collection of groundhog games and activities.

Lesson Plans

Sky 2: Shadows
Students in grades K-2 investigate shadows by discussing stories and manipulating shadows.

What Makes Shadows? Observing and Drawing Shadows
Students in grades 1-3 observe and draw the shadow of a classmate, and in an extension activity, they observe and discuss shadows changing over time.

Light and shadows
Students in grades K-4 discover that light travels from a source and that shadows are formed when an object blocks light. Read more

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

martin-luther-king

Photo by Satomi Ichimura via Flickr.

Help students put in perspective Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

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