Curriculum & Resources

Tools for your classroom

Words That Inspire: The Laughing Thrush
by Jing Fong
Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin believes that it’s natural to love being in the world around us. His poem, "The Laughing Thrush," captures a sense of place with rich details and abundant joy.
ThinkB4YouSpeak
by Jing Fong
GLSEN's campaign ThinkB4YouSpeak helps straight teens understand why "that's so gay" and other common slurs may be unintentional but hurtful to their Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) classmates.
Occupy Wall Street
by Jing Fong
Resources from YES! Magazine and NY Times Learning Network will familiarize your students with Occupy Wall Street.
YES! Recommends: The Legacy Project
by Jing Fong
At a time of economic uncertainty—when your students are wondering about their future—the Legacy Project might serve as a compass to help them create their lives, connect to others, and change their world.
Visual Learning: Boom!
by Idil Levitas
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about the devastation that oil spills can have on human and marine life.
The Innocence Project and Prison Food
by Jing Fong
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.
Visual Learning: "Out of many, one"
by Katelin Carter
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about the growing number of organizations dedicated to making this world a better place, and how art has a magical, powerful way of making bold statements.
Words That Inspire: Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Jing Fong
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: “Who’s that swimming in my pool?”
by Katelin Carter
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about their relationship with nature, and how development affects wild animals.
Sleep Lessons and Bees
by Jing Fong
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.
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.
YES! Recommends: Heifer International
by Jing Fong
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.
You Can’t Ignore Me Any Longer
by Jing Fong
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
by Jing Fong
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
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.