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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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Autumn-Themed Resources for Your Classroom

Maple leaves in fall, autumnIt may still feel like summer for now, but today is the first official day of fall and cooler temperatures will be on their way soon. Help your students explore autumn with these lessons, activities, poetry, and songs compiled by Phil Nast for NEA.

Constitution Day: Learning About the Blueprint for our Democracy

U.S. ConstitutionThe Constitution has been receiving plenty of attention this election season. Back in July, after Khizr Khan, the father of fallen Muslim U.S. soldier Capt. Humayun Khan, held up a pocket-sized Constitution at the Democratic National Convention, sales of the little book rocketed to number two on the Amazon bestseller list.

September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. The following lessons, activities, and other resources will help your students understand the people and the ideas that shaped the Constitution of the United States.

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7 Resources for Teaching Flag Day

American Flag Explore the history of the stars and stripes through these K-12 resources compiled by Phil Nast for NEA.


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 compiled by Phil Nast for NEA.

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10 Free Things for Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day1. 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. Read more

Earth Day Curriculum Resources

Explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly this Earth Day with these lessons, projects, activities, and games compiled by Phil Nast for NEA.

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Iditarod in the Classroom

sled dogsSetting out on March 5, teams of 12 to 16 dogs and their mushers will cover more than 1,150 miles from Anchorage to Nome in 10 to 17 days. Follow the trek with these lessons and activities.

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Groundhog Day Resources for the Classroom

Photo by James Marvin Phelps, Creative Commons.

Photo by James Marvin Phelps, Creative Commons.

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 compiled by Phil Nast for NEA.

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Black History Month Lessons & Resources


One lesson plan from the Kennedy Center allows elementary students to listen to jazz audio clips to learn to identify styles and musicians associated with the Harlem Renaissance.

Black History Month is less than two weeks away. Find resources below compiled by Phil Nast for NEA for integrating African-American culture and history into your curriculum.

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