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.
On 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.
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
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
We’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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It 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.
The 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.
Explore the history of the stars and stripes through these K-12 resources compiled by Phil Nast for NEA.
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.