Curriculum & Resources

Tools for your classroom

Visual Learning: Week of Nonviolence
by Jing Fong
Use this photo to ask your students what they notice and are wondering. Then share the facts behind the image to connect to greater understanding and discovery.
Connect and Engage: Making History
by Jing Fong
To teach happiness, be happy. Teachers, in particular, need support to be passionate and content in a challenging profession. The Center for Courage and Renewal's "Courage to Teach" supports this belief with essays, articles, and a retreat program.
YES! Recommends: Project Happiness :: 7 Doors Project
by Jing Fong
Take your students on a journey of self-discovery that will ultimately lead them to understanding not only what is happiness for themselves, but also what is happiness for others. Each door represents a facet of your path to happiness, and hosts a multimedia array of interviews, photos, films, questionnaires, and activities.
Rescue the Planet
by Stephanie McMillan
A comic strip by Stephanie McMillan with additional curriculum materials on analyzing comics and cartoons.
Visual Learning: NYC Pillow Fight
by Jing Fong
Images, photos, and pictures stimulate the mind. 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).
Connect and Engage: Happiness
by Jing Fong
These two top-notch resources offer opportunities for you and your students to truly understand the benefits of giving, and the strengths and virtues that make people and communities thrive.
Happiness in the Classroom and Beyond
by Jing Fong
Classroom resources from the Sustainable Happiness issue of YES! Magazine.
Connect and Engage: Addressing Fear
by Jing Fong
Here are lesson plans and how-to resources forcoming to terms with false assumptions about immigrants, the current economic crisis, and walls that separate important relationships. Simply put, it’s about addressing fear with clarity and calmness.
Speak Up!
by Jing Fong
Six Steps to Speaking Up Against Everyday Bigotry Teaching Tolerance's Speak Up! initiative helps individuals stand up to everyday prejudice. Learn not only about injustice, but how to stand up to it.
Connect and Engage: Elections
by Jing Fong
Use this election season to hone your students' skills in media literacy, deciphering political cartoons, and evaluating candidate voting records.
Debate Watching 101
by League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters’ Debate Watching Tools include Debate Watching 101, How to Judge a Candidate, and a candidate scorecard. Watching a debate is more exciting as a group. So, gather your students and be part of history!
5 Ways to Make History
by Fran Korten
Elections aren’t until November. But the heart of the process is going on right now. Here are my top 5 ideas for making a difference—and staying sane—in the coming months.
Connect and Engage: Food and Water
by Jing Fong
Give your students more hands-on activities with these captivating lesson plans about life’s most basic means of survival: food and water.
Focus on Fair Trade
by Jing Fong
These three TransFair USA curricula are designed to help students understand the concept of fair trade and to highlight its values and significance to farmers and communities. Using familiar imported foods—chocolate, bananas and coffee—as the focus, your students will gain an appreciation for the hard work of the farmer and will feel empowered knowing their consumer choices have real impact on real people.
Connect and Engage: Foreign Policy
by Jing Fong
As a teacher, helping your students understand foreign policy requires that you explore other cultures and nations and how they relate to the United States. Here are a couple of curriculum options to help you make that connection.