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Resources for Music in Our Schools Month

Now, when some public school music programs can face budget cuts, is a critical time to support music in our schools. 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. Read more

Free Resources for Teaching About St. Patrick’s Day

These resources for all grade levels include videos, arts and 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. Read more

Women’s History Month Lessons & Activities for the Classroom

Suffrage envoys from San Francisco greeted in New Jersey on their way to Washington to present a petition to Congress containing more than 500,000 signatures. New Jersey United States, 1915. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.

The March 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions with the following lessons and activities.

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Black History Month Lessons & Resources

Photo by LizMarie_AK via Flickr.

Photo by LizMarie_AK via Flickr.

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

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Groundhog Day for the Classroom

file0001354955594On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow—or not. 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.

Exploring Rembrandt’s Chiaroscuro Technique through Mosaic Design
Students in grades 6-12 observe and discuss works of Rembrandt and other artists explore chiaroscuro by creating paper mosaic designs. Read more

10 Inauguration Day Resources

American FlagThis collection of K-12 activities offers historical information, interactives, printables, and videos to highlight this national event that symbolizes the peaceful transition of power in our country.

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Math Activities for Celebrating the 100th Day of School

100The 100th day of school is fast approaching. It falls in early February for most Connecticut schools—though it depends on when your school year started and how much snow we get in the coming weeks.

Whenever it happens in your school, here are 10 math activities and five books to help your elementary students get excited about mathematics!

Please share what your class is planning for the 100th day of school in the comments.
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Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Photo by Satomi Ichimura via Flickr.

Photo by Satomi Ichimura via Flickr.

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

Check out these lesson plans, activity ideas, and other resources for teaching Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Winter-Themed Classroom Resources

snow on treeWe’ve made it to the winter solstice—the shortest day of the year!

These lessons, activities, and other resources help students 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, Pongal, and New Years.

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