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Overcoming Obstacles K-12 Curriculum - Community for Education Foundation, Inc.

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Overcoming Obstacles free curriculum shares hundreds of lessons based upon a foundation of thirty life skills. Skills include effective communication, making informed decisions, setting...more
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Overcoming Obstacles free curriculum shares hundreds of lessons based upon a foundation of thirty life skills. Skills include effective communication, making informed decisions, setting goals, respecting one another, and more. Find content organized into four grade bands, beginning with kindergarten through second grade and finishing with high school. Each printable lesson starts with a plan that includes goals, objectives, and a materials list. In addition to specific lesson instructions, each activity includes additional extensions to practice and reinforce skills taught. All information is available without registration; however, registering on the site allows you to customize lessons before downloading and saving. In addition, student activity sheets are available for download in 25 languages.

tag(s): communication (136), conflict resolution (9), OER (39), problem solving (219), social and emotional learning (61)

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Use the Overcoming Obstacles curriculum as a stand-alone life-skills curriculum or as a supplement to your current teaching materials. If you cannot take advantage of the complete curriculum, use the site's library to find lessons and activities on specific topics to address in your classroom as needed. For example, if peer pressure is a concern, select that activity to include in classroom lessons. Many of the activities include role-playing, extend these activities by creating student-led podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Create podcasts with different scenarios for students to role-play appropriate and inappropriate responses, including suggestions for making informed decisions.
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Teachers' Essential Guide to Cyberbullying Prevention - Erin Wilkey OH and Common Sense

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This guide provides clear information and resources for educators at all grade levels on learning about and addressing the issue of cyberbullying. Learn about the definition of cyberbullying...more
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This guide provides clear information and resources for educators at all grade levels on learning about and addressing the issue of cyberbullying. Learn about the definition of cyberbullying and understand statistics on the prevalence and types of cyberbullying. Other tips share how to identify and intervene when recognizing instances of bullying. In addition, this guide provides grade-level-appropriate teaching resources to use as part of the Common Sense K-12 Digital Curriculum, reviewed here.

tag(s): character education (72), cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (78)

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Include information from this site when planning and preparing your digital citizenship lessons and curriculum. As you gather resources to include with your studies, use a curation tool like Milanote, reviewed here.

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Digital Citizenship Progression Chart - Mike Ribble

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The Digital Citizenship Progression Chart provides clarity and an organized path for teaching the main concepts of digital citizenship starting with kindergarten and through high school....more
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The Digital Citizenship Progression Chart provides clarity and an organized path for teaching the main concepts of digital citizenship starting with kindergarten and through high school. This resource is organized using the nine themes of digital citizenship, such as digital access, digital commerce, and more. This resource provides a visual tool for use across grade levels and topics. In addition, information includes correlations to the three guiding principles of safe, savvy, and social digital users. To learn more about the nine themes of digital citizenship and the three principles, use the Nine Elements tab from the top menu. Download an updated copy of the progression chart for personal use using the link at the bottom of the page.
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tag(s): character education (72), digital citizenship (78)

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Scroll to the bottom of the page with the chart to download the updated copy of the progression chart to view and understand the general guidelines for teaching digital citizenship across all grade levels. Some themes include ideas for demonstration of learning and teaching ideas. Build upon this spreadsheet by adding additional activities and resources that fit into your curriculum. Use this document as a professional development activity to help all staff understand the progression of skills across grade levels, then break it down into smaller pieces by grade levels. Using the grade-level specific portions, work together with peers to find and share resources that teach and reinforce the appropriate concepts. Consider using an collaborative tool such as ClickUp, reviewed here, to organize your work with your peers. Use ClickUp to create a schedule, to-do lists, share documents, and more. Share your completed list of resources and grade-level progressions on a spreadsheet similar to the progression chart when finished.

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Digital Citizenship: Technological Literacy - PBS Learning Media

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Proper use and understanding of using technology responsibly are essential for all students to acquire. This offering from PBS Learning Media focuses on Digital Citizenship concerning...more
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Proper use and understanding of using technology responsibly are essential for all students to acquire. This offering from PBS Learning Media focuses on Digital Citizenship concerning technological literacy. Each of the forty-seven included videos helps students understand concepts such as understanding the role of influencers on social media, editorial accuracy, and why many people are susceptible to disinformation. Each video is relatively short in length, running from around five to fifteen minutes. Look for the icon with "SM" located at the bottom of some of the descriptions; these videos include additional support materials for use in the classroom.

tag(s): digital citizenship (78), journalism (67), social media (44)

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Take advantage of the many videos and resources found on this site to include with your digital citizenship lessons. Engage students in learning about digital citizenship using playposit, reviewed here, to add notes, questions, and student-teacher interactions to any video. Enhance the learning experience by including these videos and your other resources into a digital lesson using Blendspace, reviewed here. Extend learning by asking students to share their learning using different technology tools. For example, have some students create a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, while others create and share video presentations made with Animoto, reviewed here.
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Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Black History - Learning for Justice

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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat...more
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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat Russo at SUNY Oswego, these simple ideas offer guidelines that ensure Black history lessons are meaningful and relevant.

tag(s): black history (96), civil rights (167), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (100), difficult conversations (45), martin luther king (39), politics (101), racism (71), rosa parks (9)

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Bookmark and use the information provided in the article as a guideline for teaching Black history, not just during Black History Month but throughout the year. Find many Black History resources at the TeachersFirst Black History Special Topics page, found here, or within many of the Reading Treks, found here. The Reading Treks share virtual field trips of resources based upon literature and include many Black history selections. Celebrate your students' learning throughout the year using digital tools to create virtual field trips using Google My Maps, reviewed here, or creating interactive infographics using Canva Infographic Templates, reviewed here.

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The Nora Project Resources for Educators - The Nora Project

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The Nora Project offers activities and resources to educators that promote disability inclusion and connect learning about disabilities to real-world situations. For example, visit...more
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The Nora Project offers activities and resources to educators that promote disability inclusion and connect learning about disabilities to real-world situations. For example, visit a virtual calming room featuring relaxing music, puzzles and games, and live animal cams. Download stories about diversity, learn how to host an inclusive event, or visit the Kindness Library to find books and lesson plans. In addition, The Nora Project includes resources for parents with infographics and a planning guide for hosting inclusive playdates.

tag(s): aspergers (6), autism (13), character education (72), disabilities (26), diversity (33), empathy (27), social and emotional learning (61), Special Needs (44)

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Bookmark The Nora Project to include resources for teaching and learning about disabilities and inclusion in your teacher toolbox. Consider curating your resources using Wakelet, reviewed here, into one easy to find collection. Add your peers as collaborators to your Wakelet collection as you continue to find and build additional resources. Ask older students to create infographics and posters to teach others about inclusiveness using Genially, reviewed here. Add links, images, and videos within your Genially projects to create interactive content. Use WriteReader, reviewed here, with younger students to create and share interactive books telling the story of inclusiveness. WriteReader is an excellent tool for creating books with emerging writers as it offers the option to show student writing along with the correct spelling underneath.
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Harmony Social & Emotional Learning - Harmony SEL

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Harmony SEL (Social Emotional Learning) provides a social-emotional curriculum for grades K-6 with in-person and remote learning support. Teaching units are offered within grade level...more
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Harmony SEL (Social Emotional Learning) provides a social-emotional curriculum for grades K-6 with in-person and remote learning support. Teaching units are offered within grade level bands or as free-standing units in the third and fourth grades. Five units within each grade level focus on diversity and peer relationships. All units include home-school connection activities and letters to share with parents. Lessons include student worksheets, game cards, and step-by-step teaching activities and extensions. In addition, this site consists of a learning academy known as Inspire that offers on-demand modules for educators that provide support for developing knowledge in SEL practices.

tag(s): character education (72), social and emotional learning (61)

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Use this excellent, free curriculum and professional development academy to incorporate social-emotional learning into your classroom. If time doesn't allow for full implementation of the curriculum, use the ideas found on Harmony SEL to address specific needs within your classroom. For example, if you see a need to reinforce and practice empathy for others, use the lessons provided to promote understanding of others and encourage students to look through the perspective of others. As students participate in the learning activities, encourage them to use Edublogs, reviewed here, to share their learning activities and reflect upon how to use their social-emotional skills. Ask students to use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to create cartoons that share ideas and examples of positive character traits and how to respond in difficult situations.
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Attitude Anchor Chart - Zearn

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Encourage positive attitudes toward learning with this anchor chart that highlights five positive characteristics using the acronym of ZEARN. The seven-page download includes one page...more
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Encourage positive attitudes toward learning with this anchor chart that highlights five positive characteristics using the acronym of ZEARN. The seven-page download includes one page with information about the chart and six additional pages for display. Although described as a tool for encouraging positive math attitudes, this chart works well for any subject or content area.

tag(s): character education (72), social and emotional learning (61)

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Share this anchor chart with students and post it on a bulletin board to remind students to reflect upon their work and learning process. As discussed on the information for the chart, provide students with badges for demonstrating the different qualities found on the chart. Instead of a printable badge, use a digital badge creation tool such as Makebadges, reviewed here, to create unique badges to share with students. Include students in reflection and developing positive attitudes by encouraging them to use this anchor chart as an example to create their acronym and learning attitude goals. Use Canva Edu, reviewed here, to design and share anchor charts to print and display in your classroom and online.
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25 Creative Social Emotional Learning Activities - Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM

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This fantastic article explains the five core competencies of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and many ideas for incorporating SEL activities into the arts. Scroll through the site...more
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This fantastic article explains the five core competencies of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and many ideas for incorporating SEL activities into the arts. Scroll through the site to find ideas for building classroom communities through simple yet effective actions like doorway greetings and handshakes. In addition, discover more ideas for team building, creating safe learning environments, and teaching students how to handle stress and anxiety. Also included is a downloadable PDF that shares specific activities for each of the five core competencies.
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tag(s): social and emotional learning (61)

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Use the ideas found in this article as a starting point for incorporating the arts into SEL activities and lessons. Share the PDF found on this site with parents as information on helping students at home. Ask students to share their ideas on each of the five different competencies by creating and sharing images made in Canva for Education, reviewed here. Introduce a new competency weekly or monthly to help develop student awareness of each skill. As your students create and share images, add them to a class book made with Book Creator, reviewed here, for students to use as an ongoing resource and reminder of suggested techniques to improve social-emotional awareness.
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Global Citizenship Resources - TeachersFirst

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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the...more
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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the international community. When students begin to become global citizens, they learn to respect universal values such as peace and the human rights of all people. Use this curated list to start your class discussion of global citizenship.

tag(s): collaboration (83), cross cultural understanding (148)

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Help your students to become global citizens using these engaging resources. Find ways to connect with other schools around the country or even around the world. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter.

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Emotional ABC's Curriculum - Emotional ABC's

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Emotional ABC's is a free, evidence-based social-emotional (SEL) learning curriculum. It includes 20 sequential workshops that teach students to use facial and body clues to recognize...more
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Emotional ABC's is a free, evidence-based social-emotional (SEL) learning curriculum. It includes 20 sequential workshops that teach students to use facial and body clues to recognize and deal with emotions. In addition to the included lessons, the curriculum consists of student activities, videos, and printables. Visit the teacher's portion of the site to view sample workshops and activities; access all materials by creating an account. All lessons are correlated to Common Core Literacy Standards.

tag(s): preK (239), social and emotional learning (61)

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Discover and use the many free materials included in this curriculum to support SEL lessons in your classroom. Use tools found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to reinforce the material learned during your lessons. For example, use the Image Reveal tool to upload images that show different emotions and ask students to guess the emotion by removing tiles. Extend learning further by using Flip, reviewed here, to record videos of students expressing different emotions. Then ask students to add comments on ways to respond in different situations.
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Social and Emotional Learning Resources - TeachersFirst

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Social-emotional Learning (SEL) is the process by which students of all ages develop and use social and emotional skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Using SEL skills, students better...more
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Social-emotional Learning (SEL) is the process by which students of all ages develop and use social and emotional skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Using SEL skills, students better understand emotion, manage their own, and show empathy towards others. SEL skills also help students set and achieve positive goals. Although this is an ongoing process through all grade levels, you can begin to instill these skills and understandings in even your youngest students. We encourage you to find appropriate tools and resources in this collection to use with your students and in your lessons.

tag(s): emotions (45), empathy (27), social and emotional learning (61)

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Find resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to social-emotional learning. This collection includes lesson plans, digital check-ins, toolkits, professional resources, and more. Share this curated list with your colleagues and families.

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It: Looking at Current Events with an Analytical Eye - TeachersFirst

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Perception is reality. Use this extensive collection of resources to teach students to think critically about the world around them. In addition to background knowledge, this resource...more
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Perception is reality. Use this extensive collection of resources to teach students to think critically about the world around them. In addition to background knowledge, this resource provides activities that promote critical thinking. Take advantage of the many ideas found to explore relationships between concepts, collaborate with others, and use evidence to create questions for any topic. Use the specific book titles and correlated activities to incorporate critical thinking skills and apply learning to current issues of interest.

tag(s): climate change (78), critical thinking (104), immigrants (29), native americans (82), point of view (7), racism (71)

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Use the information shared on the site to find resources and activities that teach students to think critically about their information. Take advantage of the suggested books and ideas that extend learning through the use of technology. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, as a curation tool to share information with students and to share your students' work products.
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Distance Learning Lesson - BrainPOP

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Prepare students for success with distance learning using this set of standards-based activities from BrainPOP. This lesson includes an animated video that shares tips for learning...more
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Prepare students for success with distance learning using this set of standards-based activities from BrainPOP. This lesson includes an animated video that shares tips for learning from home. Video topics include creating a routine, making a comfortable workspace, and using digital etiquette when posting information and sharing online. Accompanying activities include vocabulary practice, a comprehension quiz, and a daily planning worksheet. Also included are links to two games that practice digital etiquette skills.

tag(s): digital citizenship (78), Online Learning (33), remote learning (51)

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Use resources on this site as an introduction to remote and distance learning activities. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Replace pen and paper and have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. You could modify technology use and enhance learning by challenging older students to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.
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Project Ready - UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science

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Project Ready provides twenty-seven teaching modules focused on improving relationships and instruction to multicultural youth. The curriculum focuses on educating youth services library...more
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Project Ready provides twenty-seven teaching modules focused on improving relationships and instruction to multicultural youth. The curriculum focuses on educating youth services library staff on how to amplify multicultural works. It provides strategies for improving library programs and services for urban youth, Indigenous youth, and children and teens of any color. Included in each module are videos and audio examples focused on the topic. Begin with the Curriculum Guide, from the right menu "Pages," to understand the organization of the modules and the thought process toward creating the cycle of instruction.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (148), difficult conversations (45), diversity (33), native americans (82), racism (71)

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Project Ready's modules are designed for use by individuals or small groups. Although this content is directed at library services, the information is invaluable for anyone who works with youth. Follow the curriculum for your personal growth or as a grade or content-level peer group. Completing all of the modules requires an extended time period; in fact, it might be helpful to use for professional development over two years instead of one school year. If you and your peers don't have time to complete all of the curricula, consider choosing individual modules based on your desired professional development goals and school needs to study as a group or for your own personal development.
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Critical Media Project - Alison Trope

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The Critical Media Project incorporates critical thinking skills and empathy into lessons for students aged eight through twenty-one, raising crucial awareness of social issues such...more
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The Critical Media Project incorporates critical thinking skills and empathy into lessons for students aged eight through twenty-one, raising crucial awareness of social issues such as race, ethnicity, and individual identity. Many exercises incorporate modern culture examples, including TV episodes and YouTube videos. Explore the available lessons by selecting particular topics or use the site's curated playlists to view media sequences covering many focused issues. Be sure to check out the DIY Activities area of the Critical Media Project that contains many different ideas for extending learning. Lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards.

tag(s): bullying (51), cultures (100), difficult conversations (45), disabilities (26), identity (26), racism (71)

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Discover the many ready-to-go, short, focused activities found on this site during any lessons on social issues and current events. Each lesson features discussion questions, after class discussions ask students to share their thoughts using an online blogging tool such as Edublogs, reviewed here. Have students include information and links that reinforce their ideas. For older students, use Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative tool for sharing and discussing issues and ideas in online articles.
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Diversity Toolkit - National Education Association (NEA)

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The Diversity Toolkit provides teaching strategies and resources based on multiple facets of diversity. Explore the topics found on the toolkit to learn more about Cultural Competence...more
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The Diversity Toolkit provides teaching strategies and resources based on multiple facets of diversity. Explore the topics found on the toolkit to learn more about Cultural Competence for Teachers, Class and Income, Social Justice, and more. Each subject includes a short introduction, a discussion of the main issues, and suggestions for teaching strategies. Use the links within each of the issues to find support resources.
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tag(s): civil rights (167), difficult conversations (45), diversity (33), racism (71)

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Use this toolkit to identify different facets of diversity to include in your lessons about social justice and inequalities in society. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, as a resource to create and share your lessons with students. Create a Wakelet that includes links to your instructional resources, including videos, online information, and uploaded documents. Include in your Wakelet a link to a different collection that is created as a collaborative space for students to add text responses, videos and reflections. Have students upload a video into the collection directly from Flip, reviewed here. For example, visit this collection entitled "Diving into the Civil Rights."

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IWitness Activity Library - USC Shoah Foundation

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This activity library includes over 400 ready-made lessons and activities in various languages that focus on teaching about the Holocaust. These resources are a companion to the main...more
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This activity library includes over 400 ready-made lessons and activities in various languages that focus on teaching about the Holocaust. These resources are a companion to the main IWitness site, < a href="/single.cfm?id=14082">reviewed here. Use the filters to narrow resources by type, language, or subject area. Lessons are also correlated to several different standards, including ISTE and Common Core. After selecting an activity, view a summary and click the download link to access all links for lesson materials such as videos and a PDF teaching guide.

tag(s): civil rights (167), difficult conversations (45), empathy (27), holocaust (40), social and emotional learning (61)

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Include lessons from the IWitness site with your lessons related to the Holocaust and when teaching about prejudice and empathy. Increase comprehension of the complex ideas related to the Holocaust and prejudice using mind maps to organize and clarify information for students using a digital mind mapping tool such as MindMup,reviewed here. MindMup offers various tools that make it easy to build simple mind maps for use with younger students or enhance learning in more complex ways by adding links to documents, videos, and images. Extend learning by asking students to design and produce podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to tell the story of the Holocaust and share stories of how to build empathy for others.
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Change Begins at School - Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

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Morningside Center provides resources for K-12 educators that encourage social responsibility and help develop social and emotional skills. The site was created following 9/11 to help...more
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Morningside Center provides resources for K-12 educators that encourage social responsibility and help develop social and emotional skills. The site was created following 9/11 to help teachers address sensitive issues that arose in the aftermath of the tragedy. Select the Classroom Resources section to find and filter TeachableMoments lessons. Sort by topic area, subject, and grade level or search by keyword. Each lesson includes instructions and background information as well as links to supporting material. The site is constantly updated with lessons relating to current events. Many activities include links to YouTube videos, if your district blocks YouTube; the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): bullying (51), climate change (78), conflict resolution (9), disasters (34), diversity (33), elections (75), holidays (121), politics (101), racism (71), religions (64), social and emotional learning (61), women (105)

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Engage students in any of the provided lessons by starting with a simple poll using Slido, reviewed here. For example, ask students if they are familiar with the topic discussed, have experienced a similar emotion, or display an image on your whiteboard and ask students if they know what it represents. Enhance learning throughout any of the lessons by sharing additional resources using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here. Add links to videos, articles, or online activities related to the lesson's content. As you complete lesson activities, extend learning by asking students to share their understanding by creating digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here, flyers made with Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, or infographics created with Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.

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Discussing Tragic Events in the News - Morningside Center

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Although tragic and difficult world events are challenging to discuss, it is important to understand that they are on students' minds as they come into the classroom. This article provides...more
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Although tragic and difficult world events are challenging to discuss, it is important to understand that they are on students' minds as they come into the classroom. This article provides specific questions and discussion formats that help support students during difficult times and fosters a sense of community. The five basic questions offer students opportunities to share their feelings and reflect upon ways to address similar problems in the world and their community.

tag(s): differentiation (68), disasters (34), social and emotional learning (61)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for fostering productive class conversations as needed when discussing difficult events. Be sure to share this site with parents who are also dealing with students that are dealing with tragic events at home. After allowing time to reflect upon the events and your classroom discussions, some students may need additional time to process the information. Provide an additional outlet using Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Create a Jamboard that allows students to add sticky notes anonymously that share their feelings or solutions to difficult problems. Curate resources for students (and parents) that include age-specific information such as news articles, videos, and background information using a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here. Consider creating a Wakelet for parents and guardians with information to use at home to support students in meaningful ways. Provide students a creative outlet to share their emotions by suggesting they create short videos, flyers, or websites using the free tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Find more resources to help facilitate difficult conversations on this Special Topics Page.

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