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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.


Teaching With The Story of Stuff Teaching With The Story of Stuff
by Annie Leonard
Watch The Story of Stuff, read our review of the film, and explore our selected YES! articles that address the complex issues that relate to our materials economy and how we can choose to live differently.
Curriculum and Resources: Service-Learning and Life Philosophies Curriculum and Resources: Service-Learning and Life Philosophies
Here are two dynamic organizations that offer your students opportunities and engaging resources to express and act on what they believe. Encourage your students to take on a service-learning project or submit a personal essay to "This I Believe."
Visual Learning: Walking Slowly Visual Learning: Walking Slowly
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.
Curriculum and Resources: Facing the Future Curriculum and Resources: Facing the Future
Here is a range of lessons from Facing the Future for grades K-12, including some projects for university level students.
Nurturing Creative Thinkers Nurturing Creative Thinkers
In this entertaining talk, Sir Ken Robinson asserts that to get the best out of people, schools need to nurture creative thinkers rather than good workers.
Bringing Power Home Bringing Power Home
Be inspired by Malawian teenager William Kamkwamba. After being forced to drop out of school, William teaches himself how to build a windmill to bring power to his village.
Visual Learning:  Art Cars at Burning Man Visual Learning: Art Cars at Burning Man
Images, photos, and pictures stimulate the mind. For the viewer, they offer a chance to connect and question. They also offer potential for play and imagination, and pulling the observer into purposeful messages.
Rethinking Schools Rethinking Schools
Like YES! Magazine, Rethinking Schools strives to be both visionary and practical. We are delighted to share three of many lesson plans from Rethinking Schools that get to the heart of a real-world education.
Connect and Engage: Education for the Mind & Soul Connect and Engage: Education for the Mind & Soul
Here's a resource to connect your students' learning with their local community, culture, and environment. Also learn how knowing yourself can translate to being an even better teacher.
Visual Learning: Salt Flats of Uyuni Visual Learning: Salt Flats of Uyuni
Images, photos, and pictures stimulate the mind. For the viewer, they offer a chance to connect and question. They also offer potential for play and imagination, and pulling the observer into purposeful messages.
Connect and Engage :: Teaching about Today's Economy Connect and Engage :: Teaching about Today's Economy
Here are lessons plans and curriculum to help your students better understand the cause and effects of the current housing upheaval, the concepts of work (what kind of work is paid?) and workplace, and definitions of wealth.
Curriculum & Resources: Teaching Economics As If People Mattered Curriculum & Resources: Teaching Economics As If People Mattered
United for a Fair Economy’s (UFE) economic education curricula and workshops are dynamic resources for high school and adult continuing education teachers, and college faculty.
Visual Learning: Self Portrait in Waste Visual Learning: Self Portrait in Waste
Use this photo by Chris Jordan 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 :: Food Stamps and Seafood Connect and Engage :: Food Stamps and Seafood
What would you eat for only $3 each day? What’s the difference between freshwater and farm raised fish? You and your students will take your eating awareness to another level with these two resources. Your new knowledge will make you think before you buy.
YES! Recommends: Sustainable Table YES! Recommends: Sustainable Table
The multi-media resources from Sustainable Table are designed to awaken consumers to the problems with factory farming and to promote sustainable food as a desirable and more responsible alternative.
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