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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.


Curriculum & Resources: What Kids Can Do Curriculum & Resources: What Kids Can Do
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.
Curriculum & Resources: Food Literacy Quiz Curriculum & Resources: Food Literacy Quiz
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.
Curriculum & Resources: Why Women's Stories Matter Curriculum & Resources: Why Women's Stories Matter
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 Poster: What Healthy Diets Have in Common
This colorful poster compares eight healthy diets—vegan, Mediterranean, ancestral, glycemic idex, anti-inflammatory, raw, traditional Asian, and Natl. Institutes of Health—and shares what they have in common(besides kale) and how they are different.
Visual Learning: A Slow, Press-ious Process Visual Learning: A Slow, Press-ious Process
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.
Curriculum & Resources: Health Effects of Caffeine Curriculum & Resources: Health Effects of Caffeine
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.
Curriculum & Resources: Jazz in America Curriculum & Resources: Jazz in America
In order to provide an ongoing education about jazz for our nation's students, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has developed Jazz in America, an Internet-based jazz curriculum for social studies, American history, and music classes in the United States.
Visual Learning: With These Hands Visual Learning: With These Hands
This Visual Learning exercise will get your students thinking about poverty—here and in other countries—and will help them explore a creative approach to solving poverty.
YES! Recommends: Sustainable Table YES! Recommends: Sustainable Table
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.
YES! Recommends: The Story of Stuff Project YES! Recommends: The Story of Stuff Project
The Story of Stuff Project is more than the short film "The Story of Stuff." It's a movement to get us to throw away all the stuff in our lives and work together to build a healthy planet. Spot-on curriculum, short films, and more resources are generously offered.
Curriculum & Resources: No Impact Project Curriculum & Resources: No Impact Project
No Impact Project curriculum and No Impact Week signup.
Visual Learning: Knock, Knock. Who's There? Visual Learning: Knock, Knock. Who's There?
Visual Learning November 2013. Literacy lesson that leads to deeper discussion and understanding of people experiencing homelessness.
20 Ways to Practice Gratitude 20 Ways to Practice Gratitude
20 Ways to Practice Gratitude Poster for November Newsletter.
Curriculum & Resources: How I Write Curriculum & Resources: How I Write
Interviews with authors, on The Daily Beast, about their daily writing routines.
Curriculum & Resources: Garment Industry Infographic Curriculum & Resources: Garment Industry Infographic
Interactive map of garment industry factories, designed in response to the Bangladesh disasters.
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