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.


Visual Learning: Out of the Blue
by Callie Recknagel
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about where their water comes from, and the effectiveness (or not) of public demonstrations.
Poetry and Humane Education
by Jing Fong
Poets.org has poems galore for the poetry lover and tips to coax the reluctant teen to try a poem or two. TeachKind's free resources teach students how to respect and co-exist with animals in their communities.
Words That Inspire: The Wild Geese
by Jing Fong
Wendell Berry's poem, "Wild Geese" paints a colorful image of Earth's bounty, inspiring the beloved poet and farmer to be thankful that all we need is around us. Do your students second that notion?
YES! Poster: Jane Goodall’s 10 Best Things We Can Do For Animals
by Jane Goodall
YES! asked Jane Goodall to tell us what we can do in our everyday lives to care for the animals we love.
Waiting (or Not) for Superman
by Jing Fong
The documentary “Waiting for Superman” has stirred up conversation and debate about one of our nation’s biggest concerns—the state of public education. A follow-up campaign is under way to fix education. NOT Waiting for Superman, initiated by Rethinking Schools, says the film got the message all wrong.
Words That Inspire: It Couldn’t Be Done
by Jing Fong
There are few things that motivate young people more than to be told that something can’t be done. High school student Ashe Jaafaru reads "It Couldn't Be Done", a poem by Edgar Albert Guest.
Who Participated in No Impact Week? Meet the Students!
by Jing Fong
Meet six students who started the New Year tracking their trash, taking record-breaking showers, battling the bus system, and learning that green is the color for all seasons.
YES! Recommends: Centre for Child Honouring, and Voices Education Project
by Jing Fong
If we made children our top priority, would we create a better world? The Centre for Child Honouring and Voices [Education Project] are helping create peaceful, sustainable societies.
Visual Learning: Paper Cranes for Peace
by Callie Recknagel
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about peace.
Engaging Student Families, Adoption in the Classroom
by Jing Fong
Inclusion is one of the best ways to nurture student learners. These two resources offer tips on engaging student families and a positive approach to talking about adoption.
YES! Recommends: Tell Me Your Stories
by Jing Fong
Tell Me Your Stories connects young and older people through oral history interviews. Curriculum, interview templates, and other tools guide students through the interview process.
Words that Inspire: On Facing Judgment
by Shannon Hayes
Facing judgment is a life skill that teachers can help their students learn, so they may deal with others' opinions—fair or not—with confidence.
Visual Learning: Sacred Water
by Breanne Durham
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about the sacred places in their lives, and who typically is exposed to environmental health risks.
Getting Boys to Read, Story of Food
by Jing Fong
Two resources that explore how to get boys to be lifelong readers and where our food comes from.
Words that Inspire: Stories that Light Up the Dark
by Sanjay Khanna
The Experiences of Our Ancestors Offer Us Wisdom for Surviving Today's Crises. By: Sanjay Khanna