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Women’s History Month for the Classroom

The March 2018 Theme for National Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions in the following lessons and activities.


10 Free Things for Valentine’s Day

Make February 14 a special day with these classroom resources.

  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)

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Black History Month Lessons & Resources

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

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Winter-Themed Classroom Resources

Happy winter solstice! These lessons, activities, and other resources will help develop an understanding of the mechanisms that bring about seasonal change and how animals have adapted to them.

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December Holidays Lessons & Resources

Photo by Nancy Sims via Flickr.

Photo by Nancy Sims via Flickr, CC license.

Celebrate the holiday season and learn how others celebrate with these lessons and resources for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years.


Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies.

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Veterans Day Activities and Resources for the Classroom

On November 11, we honor the wartime service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces. Originally proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include American veterans of all wars.

The following lessons, activities, games, and resources will help your students celebrate service men and women past and present.

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Talking to Children About Tragedy

The nation woke up this morning to the horrific news of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history during a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the news streams in and images flash across screens, children can’t escape the disturbing scenes. Many will be scared and confused.

Click here for advice from NEA and the National Association of School Psychologists for talking to your students about violence and other national tragedies.

Resources for Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

San Miguel de Gualdape was the first European settlement in what is now the United States. It was founded in Georgia in 1526, 81 years before Jamestown. St. Augustine, Florida was founded in 1565 and is the oldest city in the United States. Hispanic Americans have been making contributions to life in the U.S. ever since.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month, which takes place September 15 – October 15, with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.

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This Labor Day, Learn More About the Labor Movement and Unions

The Salt Lake herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah), 03 Sept. 1906. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

Labor Day weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy end-of-summer activities and visit with family and friends, but it’s also an important time to remember why unions are so vital.

Below are some Labor Resources to help you and your students learn more about our working men and women.


  • American Labor Studies Center
    This web site offer resources for K-12 teachers, including labor lesson plans, labor songs, labor quotes, timelines, biographies, and more.
  • American Labor Museum
    See a video history of The House on the Green (20 min) (the house that is now the American Labor Museum/Botto House) and the 1913 Paterson Strike.
  • AFL-CIO: Labor History Timeline
    This web page provides an annotated timeline for labor history events from 1607 to 2000.
  • The Triangle Factory Fire – March 25, 1911
    The Triangle Factory Fire is widely considered a pivotal moment in history, leading to the transformation of the labor code of New York State and to the adoption of fire safety measures that served as a model for the whole country. (NEA-compiled resources)
  • The Triangle Factory Fire
    This rich resource provides original text documents, interviews of survivors and witnesses, and photographs and illustrations. From the Kheel Center at Cornell University.
  • NEA: Combatting Negative Views of Unions: A Defense of Labor Studies (PDF icon PDF, 86 KB, 12 pgs.)
    Victor G. Devinatz, professor of labor relations at Illinois State University, talks about the role of unions in promoting social justice, helping to pass employment-related legislation that has benefited unionized workers and nonunion employees, having positive effects on productivity, and unions’ importance in maintaining a healthy democratic society.
  • National Public Radio
    Listen to a working lesson in American history from Jeff Cowie, a professor at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, in A Brief History of the Labor Movement. (2006) (audio 5:49 min)
  • United Association for Labor Education
    This site offers numerous resources, including labor education in K-12.

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