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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: Boom! Visual Learning: Boom!
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 oil spill cleanup.
Curriculum & Resources: The Innocence Project and Prison Food Curriculum & Resources: The Innocence Project and Prison Food
Use the Innocence Project’s interactive resources to understand the causes of wrongful convictions and exonerations, and see how your school's cafeteria food measures up to prison food with this tell-it-like-it is infographic.
Words That Inspire: Martin Luther King, Jr. Words That Inspire: Martin Luther King, Jr.
What is fair to one person may not be fair to another. How can students become aware of injustice—at school, in your community, and in this world— and dig deeper to discover how they can transform injustice to justice?
Visual Learning: "Out of many, one" Visual Learning: "Out of many, one"
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not).
Visual Learning: “Who’s that swimming in my pool?” Visual Learning: “Who’s that swimming in my pool?”
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 our relationship with the natural world.
Curriculum & Resources: Sleep Lessons and Bees Curriculum & Resources: Sleep Lessons and Bees
With final exams under way, many students and teachers are undoubtedly getting little sleep. And, what’s the buzz about bees? The following teaching resources dive into the science and psychology of the importance of sleep, and why bees are critical to our food supply.
YES! Recommends: Heifer International YES! Recommends: Heifer International
Heifer International is renowned for giving animals as a sustainable source of food and income to those in need—changing lives forever. Its resources educate and energize people of all ages, empowering them to help others and build a better world.
Words That Inspire: Life After Worry Words That Inspire: Life After Worry
by Akaya Winwood
The state of the world gives us plenty to worry about. What would happen if we made a decision to no longer worry? Read Akaya Windwood's wise commentary on replacing worry with trust, and check out the classroom activity, too.
You Can’t Ignore Me Any Longer You Can’t Ignore Me Any Longer
Street artist JR brings art to improbable places, creating projects that force us to really see each other.
YES! Recommends: Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots YES! Recommends: Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots animal community service-learning curriculum offers lessons plans, sample campaigns, and resources for K-12 teachers. Access free, downloadable classrooms tools including lessons on hope, endangered species, and multiple intelligences.
Visual Learning: Out of the Blue Visual Learning: Out of the Blue
With this YES! lesson plan, you and your students can luxuriate—and pause—to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not).
Curriculum & Resources: Poetry and Humane Education Curriculum & Resources: Poetry and Humane Education
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 Words That Inspire: The Wild Geese
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 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 Waiting (or Not) for Superman
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.
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