Curriculum & Resources

Tools for your classroom

Visual Learning: Heart and Sole
by Jim McGowan
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students to think about prisoners—the uniforms prisoners wear and the most effective ways to prepare for their transition back into society.
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.
Reflections on Poverty with "Nikki-Rosa" Poem
by Jing Fong
Nikki Giovanni's poem, "Nikki-Rosa" reflects on Giovanni's living with poverty—what she had, more than what she lacked. The poem, with accompanying Def Jam video and ReadWriteThink lesson will help students develop their understanding of poverty, explore their childhood experiences, and write about these reflections in a poem.
Visual Learning: What Was Saved
by Martha Laura Garcia
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about preparing for natural disasters and how they can reach out to those in need of relief aid.
Social Justice Lesson Plans from Rethinking Schools
by Jing Fong
Rethinking Schools' unique lessons plans are written in essay form from the perspective of the teacher. It is a catalyst and leader in education form, with an emphasis on race and social equity. Take a look at these resources to get inspired.
Institute for Democratic Education in America
by Jing Fong
IDEA is a movement building organization that showcases what powerful learning looks like today—and what it can look like in the future. Its network of teachers, schools and communities, build relationships, share high quality resources, and work together to help shape the future of democratic schools. Featured resources include IDEA’s online library, Learning Report, plus the documentary, A Year at Mission Hill.
Media Resources to Empower Young People from What Kids Can Do
by Jing Fong
What Kids Can Do uses digital, print, and broadcast media to showcase the power youth can achieve when they are taken seriously. Check out writing curricula, stories, and other powerful learning resources that give voice to the opinions and talents of young people, particularly those compromised by poverty, race, and language.
Visual Learning: A Slow, Press-ious Process
by Jing Fong
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 local, sustainable farming.
Food Literacy Quiz
by Jing Fong
From Nourish and Food Day, a quiz that tests how food literate you are. The 15 questions reveal facts about food and its relationship to the bigger food system, and the community-at-large.
Why Women's Stories Matter
by Jing Fong
March is Women's History Month. In this New York Times Learning Network lesson plan, students examine their school curriculum and personal experiences on reading stories about and by women. Through this analysis, they will deepen their understanding of why women's stories matter.
Poster: What Healthy Diets Have in Common
by Jing Fong
This colorful poster compares eight healthy diets—vegan, Mediterranean, ancestral, glycemic index, anti-inflammatory, raw, traditional Asian, and Natl. Institutes of Health—and shares what they have in common (besides kale) and how they are different.
Sustainable Table Resources for Better Food Choices
by Jing Fong
YES! recommends Sustainable Table, a program of Grace Communications Foundation, for its well-rounded resources that educate and motivate people of all ages to take good care of their bodies and our planet.
Infographic: Health Effects of Caffeine
by Jing Fong
Did you know that kids aged 12-17 are the fastest growing population of caffeine consumers? This infographic shows which countries consume the most caffeine and highlights some not-so-savory side effects of your morning coffee.
"Jazz in America" Curriculum
by Jing Fong
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has developed "Jazz in America," an Internet-based jazz curriculum for social studies, American history, and music classes to help students "develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self image, and a respect for their own and others' cultural heritage."
Visual Learning: With These Hands
by Natalie Lubsen
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about poverty—here and in other countries—and will help them explore a creative approach to solve poverty.