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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: Paper Cranes for Peace Visual Learning: Paper Cranes for Peace
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.
Curriculum & Resources: Engaging Student Families, Adoption in the Classroom Curriculum & Resources: Engaging Student Families, Adoption in the Classroom
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 YES! Recommends: Tell Me Your Stories
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 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 Visual Learning: Sacred Water
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 water.
Curriculum & Resources: Getting Boys to Read, Story of Food Curriculum & Resources: Getting Boys to Read, Story of Food
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 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
Visual Learning: Cone in the Cob Visual Learning: Cone in the Cob
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 simplicity.
YES! Recommends: Global Oneness Project YES! Recommends: Global Oneness Project
YES! recommends the Global Oneness Project for their inspiring and richly produced resources that explore how the radically simple notion of interconnectedness can be lived in our increasingly complex world.
Curriculum & Resources: Individual and Community Resilience Curriculum & Resources: Individual and Community Resilience
What makes teenage brains unique? What happens when people from all walks of life play an alternate reality game to create a better future? Lesson plans from Inside the Teenage Brain and World Without Oil.
Curriculum & Resources: Water Curriculum & Resources: Water
Measure your water footprint with H2O Conserve's easy-to-use calculator, and wrap your head around the impact of the BP oil spill using this trio of classroom resources.
YES! Recommends: Water Environment Federation YES! Recommends: Water Environment Federation
The Water Environment Federation offers communities and students a myriad of learning opportunities to protect and preserve the Earth's water resources.
Words That Inspire: Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande Words That Inspire: Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande
by Jimmy Santiago Baca
Poetry: Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande, by Jimmy Santiago Baca, with Note to Educators.
YES! Recommends—Zinn Education Project YES! Recommends—Zinn Education Project
The Zinn Education Project helps make sense of race and the role it has played in shaping society.
Words That Inspire: A Mix of Books (finally) on Mixed-Race People Words That Inspire: A Mix of Books (finally) on Mixed-Race People
Multiracial persons are the fastest growing demographic group in the country, but still gaining recognition. Now mixed race people can see themselves in books and be proud of who they are.
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