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.


What We Fear
What is one thing you fear about your future? How can you lessen that fear?
Visual Learning: Trouble in the Fields
This visual learning lesson will get your students thinking about the lives of migrant farm workers, and where their food comes from.
Cross the Line
Cross the Line breaks down stereotypes, and allows students a safe space to explore the diverse identities we carry.
"Hack Your Impact" Lesson Plan and Worksheet
by Simone Larson
How is our climate changing, and what kind of action (or inaction) is causing climate to change? This interdisciplinary lesson plan will allow students to measure their own carbon footprint, and encourage discussion of ways to lessen the damage we're doing to our earth.
Infographic: Why We Need New Farmers
In 2012, 62 percent of farmers were older than 55, while only 6 percent were younger than 35. As generations age out of farming, who will replace them? This infographic encourages students to think about the future of local food production and what it means to be a new farmer today.
Visual Learning: Don't Jump the Gun
This visual learning exercise will get your students thinking about how gun violence affects their communities, and ways to build safe and healthy spaces for young people to thrive.
Infographic: Gender Identity and Expression
Are you confused about how to refer to someone? He, she, or they? Gender is a complicated social construct that goes beyond the binary definition of man and woman. Help your students better understand themselves and their peers with IMPACT’s easy-to-use interactive map that explains over 40 definitions of gender.
Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis
The current refugee migration out of the Middle East is a pressing human rights concern. This lesson from Brown University’s Choices Program places students in a refugee’s shoes to help them understand why people flee their homes, and their arduous journey to find a safe place to live.
Resources to Teach #BlackLivesMatter
The San Francisco Unified School District has compiled a collection of no-holds-barred resources to teach #BlackLivesMatter, including “Dos and Don’ts for Teaching About Ferguson.” Dare to ask your students what they want to talk about regarding Michael Brown’s death, the roots of this tragedy, and how they can stand up to racial injustice
This Writer Brings the World to Your Classroom. She Wants Your Students to Understand the Everyday Struggles and Courage of Ordinary People.
Welcome to the world of Cleary Vaughan-Lee and Global Oneness Project, whose films, photography essays, stories, and lessons immerse you into the extraordinary lives of your global neighbors.
Visual Learning: What's the Buzz?
by Cara Thompson
This Visual Learning Lesson will get your students thinking about the importance of honey bees and the effects of commercial pesticide-use on colony health.
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.
SPENT: An Online Game to Understand Poverty
by Jing Fong
If you don’t understand the feeling of trying to survive poverty, you will after playing SPENT.
Learning That Matters
by Jing Fong
Describe a teacher or a classroom experience that helped make learning joyful and meaningful for you. Conversely, what message do you have for teachers and administrators who make learning tedious, even painful? How could they make learning more interesting and inspiring?
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?