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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poetry and Humane Education
by Jing Fong
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
by Jing Fong
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
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
by Jing Fong
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.