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Slavery in America: The legacy of slavery in America is long, enduring, and critical to reckon with. In this lesson, students trace the history of slavery in America from the first ship carrying kidnapped Africans in 1619 to the Civil War. Students will examine the economic, political, and legal factors that contributed to the institution and continuation of slavery throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
The Roaring Twenties: In this lesson, students learn about the growing economic and cultural divide between urban and rural Americans. They also learn how the trends of the ’20s led to the Great Depression.
Anger: Everyone feels angry sometimes—but it’s important to find coping strategies to deal with this emotion instead of engaging in destructive behavior. In this lesson, students learn about the physical warning signs of anger and how they can express themselves in a healthy way.
José Hernández: He used to go outside and look up at the moon. He knew his opportunity would come soon. In this lesson, students learn about José Hernández, a Mexican American astronaut. Students examine his early life and journey to becoming a NASA astronaut and consider the role determination played in his life.
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: The Mexican phoenix, Sor Juana was a genius. In this lesson, students learn about Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century scholar, nun, and champion for women’s education. They learn how her life was filled with controversy, and consider how her legacy lives on today.
What Is Stress?: We all feel stress in our daily lives—but what exactly is stress? In this lesson, students learn that our bodies are biologically wired to feel stress, and stress isn’t always a bad thing, as long as we have healthy coping strategies in mind.
Forests: This lesson introduces the forest biome. Students learn about the three major forest types—tropical rainforest, temperate forest, and taiga—and the physical characteristics of each. They also learn how plants and animals have adapted to survive in each type of forest.
Land Biomes: A biome is a region of similar ecosystems characterized by a particular climate and plant and animal life. In this lesson, students will learn about four major land biomes: grassland, forest, desert and tundra.
Year in Rap 2020: The Year in Rap highlights some of the biggest news stories of the year in world news, national news, science, tech, sports, entertainment, and news related to students.
Toni Morrison: This lesson introduces students to the life and work of acclaimed American author Toni Morrison. They learn about her childhood in Ohio and career as the first Black female fiction editor at Random House. They explore the social context and universal themes that made Morrison’s work so powerful.
James Baldwin: “I am the grandson of a slave, and I am a writer. I must deal with both.” This lesson introduces students to the life and work of American writer James Baldwin. They explore his frank discussions of racism and discrimination in the United States and abroad. They also learn how Baldwin’s refusal to pigeonhole his writing and identity made him a true iconoclast.
Marsha P. Johnson: This lesson introduces students to the life and activism of gay and trans rights activist Marsha P. Johnson. They learn about her childhood, her life in New York City, and her involvement in the gay rights movement of the 1960s and ’70s. They explore her legacy and the lack of recognition she received while she was still alive.
Misplaced Modifiers: In this lesson, students will learn to identify and correct misplaced and dangling modifiers. When modifiers are in the wrong place in a sentence, they can create some confusing—and hilarious—situations!
Where do tornadoes come from? This lesson teaches students about the conditions required for tornadoes to form. They will also learn some facts and figures about tornadoes as well as the safest place to be during a tornado.
Where does wind come from? In this lesson, students will learn about wind and how wind is formed. They will define wind as moving air, learn how to describe wind using speed and direction, and explore how moving air masses create wind.
Where does wind come from? In this lesson, students learn how wind is produced by the uneven heating of Earth’s surface and the resulting differences in air temperature and pressure. They will also discover concepts like the Coriolis effect and global and local wind patterns.
What is the tundra? In this lesson, students will learn about this cold, dry biome. They will also discover some of the different adaptations plant and animal species have developed to live in the tundra.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first Black American military pilots. In this lesson, students will learn about the Tuskegee Airmen’s contributions during World War II and how their valiant efforts paved the way for desegregating the military and American society.
In this lesson, students learn about the historical context surrounding this landmark case, as well as the events leading up to the Supreme Court’s decision. They will examine Homer Plessy and the Citizens’ Committee’s plan to challenge racial segregation and the long term impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Students learn about the first permanent English colony in North America. They’ll examine what motivated the Virginia Company to travel to the New World, the evolving interactions between colonists and local Native American tribes, and how the colony became economically viable.
Students learn that a paragraph is a set of sentences that are all about one topic. Essays and books are composed of many paragraphs that work together to give information or tell a story. In this lesson, students will learn how to write a paragraph, including the topic sentence, supporting details and closing sentence.
Students take a deep dive into the first sentence of a paragraph. It presents the main idea of the paragraph and tells readers what to expect as they read. In this lesson, students will learn how to write an engaging topic sentence.
Students study the sentence that finishes a paragraph. They’ll learn about how it can restate the main idea or tie together all the supporting details, and learn how to write an effective closing sentence to sum up a paragraph.
Do your students know that even though the ocean covers 70% of the planet, but humans have only explored 5% of it?! In this lesson, they’ll learn about the three ocean zones—euphotic, bathyal, and abyssal—and the types of plants and animals that live in each one.
Run! Jump! Dance! This lesson shows students that it’s healthy to stay active and that exercise can take many forms. Students will move with the video and find a form of activity that works for them.