Our tradition of carving pumpkins at Halloween began in Scotland and Ireland with the carving of turnip lanterns. Make your own turnip lantern, carve a virtual pumpkin, and download patterns for state-of-the-art pumpkins. Have fun this Halloween with the following lessons and activities. And keep your Trick-or-Treating safe.
Autumn officially arrived on Monday, making it the perfect time of year to help your students learn about the reason for the seasons, why animals migrate, how an object’s shadow changes over the course of a year, and more.
CIO Education Department comic book pamphlet, c. 1948. Photo by Tobias Higbie, Flickr.
Labor Day honors the American worker and acknowledges the value and dignity of work and its role in American life. The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York. Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor.)
Here are some Labor Resources to help you and your students learn more about our working men and women. Read more
June 1 to November 30 is hurricane season. With the following lessons, activities, and multimedia resources, learn how hurricanes form, how hurricanes are tracked, and how hurricane size and intensity are affected by global warming.
Brush up your stargazing skills and enjoy humankind’s first TV, the night sky. Whether you’re working with young people or spending time with your own children or grandchildren this summer, these lessons, activities, and resources will help you locate and identify celestial objects with equipment as basic as your own eyes.
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.
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.