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Read Across America in June!

To ward off the learning loss that many children experience during the summer, sharing books is a great way to launch reading and learning adventures in your own community. Encourage readers of all ages to pull on their reading suits!

For Younger Readers

OVER AND UNDER THE POND by Kate Messner and art by Christopher Silas Neal (Chronicle, 2017)

As a small black boy and his mother paddle across a pond, she describes the plants and animals that inhabit that world in, under, and around the water.

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Warm summer days are ideal for combining reading and outdoor exploration. Take readers Over and Under the Pond and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt with books by Kate Messner before heading out on your own ecosystem adventure. Provide kids with a notebook to serve as their nature journal where they can sketch and note their outdoor observations, their feelings about nature, and any research they are inspired to undertake about specific plants or animals. Read more

7 Techniques for Managing End-of-Year Stress

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.
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Summer Reading: Resources, Book Lists, and Activity Ideas

When it comes to summer, reading may not be the first thing—or even in the top ten things—kids have in mind! But reading can be the ideal summer activity. It’s fun, portable, can involve the whole family, and will help children academically.

These resources can help you put good books into kids’ hands and connect them to vibrant summer learning adventures. Read more

11 Resources for Teaching Flag Day

American FlagHistory of the Stars & Stripes

  • Flag Day Celebrated
    A brief description of Flag Day for students in grades K-5 with images and audio files.
  • Today in History: June 14th: Flag Day
    Text, images, songs, and links to additional resources for grades 6-12.
  • Our Flag ( PDF, 11.4 MB, 56 pgs.)
    A background resource with history and images of the flags of the United States and other historical flags, proportions and anatomy of the flag, flag laws and regulations, flag etiquette, images of state and territory flags, brief history of Flag Day, and more.
  • Flag Timeline
    An illustrated timeline of flags for 1775 to a proposed flag with 51 stars.

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Promoting Physical Fitness

Get active, stay fit, and have fun doing it with sports, games, and activities described in the following lesson plans and resources.

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Students Uncover, Share Facts About Immigration

Long before #ProtectDreamers was trending, students in Amy Claffey’s Spanish classes at Old Saybrook High School were learning about the vast hurdles undocumented people face—and the misconceptions surrounding them in the communities where they live. In an effort to educate their school about immigrants from Mexico and Central America, Claffey’s students, with help from high school library/media specialist Christine Bairos, completed a project that brought greater awareness of immigration issues to their peers and the wider community.

With help from teachers Christine Bairos (left) and Amy Claffey (right), Old Saybrook students pursue questions about immigration.

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Memorial Day Lesson Ideas

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.

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Teaching Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to politics, military, medicine, aviation, entertainment, and sports in the United States. Celebrate their heritage and contributions with these lessons and activities.

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10 Free Things for Mother’s Day

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. Stand-Up Mom

With this printable decoration, students in grades K-2 color, cut out, and fold stand-up moms, and then attach a heart to one hand and write a special message on her apron.
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Bringing Poetry to the Classroom

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate with these lessons, activities, and video/audio readings.

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