Curriculum & Resources

Curricula and lesson plans on topics ranging from climate change to happiness.


In each of the following categories, you'll find a variety of teaching tools for immediate use in the classroom or for building your own curriculum.  These resources include: lessons, curriculum, poetry, videos, projects, stories, and essays.

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:: Teaching Happiness

Discover the good life through resilience, creativity, and community.

:: Teaching Outside the Box

Meaningful learning pushes boundaries with action, inquiry, and innovation.

:: Teaching Peace & Justice

Paths to peace, inclusion, equality, and compassion for all.

:: Teaching Sustainability 

How to build a robust economy, healthy planet, and just world for all.

:: Visual Learning

Use the wonder of a photo to engage in deep discussions and understanding.


This Marine Biologist Taught at Occupy Camps. Now She’s Written Curriculum to Inspire Students to Action.
by Morgan Wright
Middle school and high school students constantly hear about the many challenges our society faces—from fracking to police shootings to corporatization. What they don’t hear enough about is what they can do to make their world better.
Ecological Footprint Calculator
by Jing Fong
Take the Ecological Footprint quiz to measure your impact, and explore solutions to leave a kinder, gentler impression on Mother Earth. Bonus: K-12 Climate Change Week activities
Old Leaves, New Wisdom
by Morgan Wright
The Visual Learning Lesson will get your students thinking about what modern civilization can learn from ancient texts and traditions.
Letting Go of Worry
by Jing Fong
What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?
About Student Writing Lessons from YES! Magazine
by Jing Fong
Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.
Digital Empathy
by Jing Fong
What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?
Restorative Justice
by Jing Fong
Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?
Support for Veterans
by Jing Fong
Whether or not you agree with war, how might you welcome a war veteran home and support his return to community life?
Simple Living
by Jing Fong
If you simplified your life, what things would you get rid of or use less?
Genetically Modified Food
by Jing Fong
Do genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food concern you?
Seeing the Unseen
by Jing Fong
What would happen if you deliberately spoke to or smiled at people you might usually ignore- cashiers, the homeless, or someone of a different ethnicity?
Your Dream House
by Jing Fong
If you could design your dream house, what would it look like?
Eating Together
by Jing Fong
Does it matter who you eat with and how often you eat together?
The Ethics of Hunting
by Jing Fong
Hunting is a complex issue and can evoke emotional arguments. Is hunting moral? Can it be done in a respectful, humane way?
Bridging Differences
by Jing Fong
How do you resolve differences you have with family members and friends?