Although many people think the weeks leading up to summer break are a breeze for educators, it is, in fact, one of the most stressful times of the year.
“There’s an incredible amount of paperwork for teachers to do, and students often take advantage of that,” says educational consultant Angela Watson, who worked as a classroom teacher for 11 years. Getting it all done while maintaining control of the classroom can be a challenge—but it’s not impossible.
NEA Member Benefits has gathered 7 stress-relieving tips to help you greet summer vacation with your sanity intact.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, a day to honor American Civil War dead. Following World War I, Memorial Day became a day to honor soldiers killed in all wars. Honor the nation’s fallen military men and women with the following lessons and activities.
1. Acrostic Mother’s Day Poems
Students in grades 1-2 write acrostic poems for Mother’s Day.
2. Pop Up Mother’s Day Card
Step-by-step instructions for making a pop up flower card. (K-5)
3. Mother’s Day
(K-12) Brief videos on the history of Mother’s Day around the world.
4. MFA Tour: Motherhood
(K-12) A collection of 64 images and descriptions from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Read more
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to politics, military, medicine, aviation, entertainment, sports, and much more in the United States.
May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which offers a great opportunity to celebrate Asian Americans’ and Pacific Islanders’ heritage and contributions with these lessons and activities.
Get active, stay fit and have fun doing it with sports, games, and activities described in the following lesson plans and resources.
Earth Day is Monday April 22, 2019. Explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly with these lessons, projects, activities, and games.
Spring is here! Usher in the season with these lessons, activities, and videos to prepare students for the sights, smells, and sounds of Spring.
April is National Poetry Month, celebrate with these lessons, activities, and video/audio readings.
Emphasize the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits this March. These resources include teaching guides, lesson plans, best practices, tip sheets, online learning games, educational videos, posters, book lists, coloring pages and more.
- 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. A related NEA Healthy Futures resource is Start School with Breakfast: A Guide to Increasing School Breakfast Participation. Educators can download a free copy ( PDF, 2.3 MB, 56 pgs.). Inside, are sections describing benefits, strategies for increasing participation, tools, sample letters, and success stories
- Bag The Junk
Students consume 50% of their daily calories in school. Bag the Junk examines the effects of selling unhealthy snack foods and beverages in schools and provides resources for the adult school community to champion healthy snack foods and beverages. The site features advocacy tools such as organizing tips, policy briefs, fact sheets, and sample letters along with current news, trends, and thoughts from experts in the field. Educators will find factoids, quizzes, featured snacks, statistics, graphics, links to resources, and strategies for improving what students eat in school.
Provides information on food, health and fitness and sections for kids, parents, men, women, and seniors.
Resources include videos, arts & crafts, printables, worksheets, interactive maps, and tutorials. They will 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)