Classroom Lessons

Classroom Lessons

We’ve added a new feature to TeachableMoment: Teachable Instant. These short activities (5-15 minutes) aim to get your students talking about a topic in the news or on the calendar. We’ll have a new one ready for you by Monday morning of each school week.


Teachable Instant: Power clash in the GOP

The abrupt resignation of House Speaker John Boehner reflects deep divisions within the GOP. In this brief activity, students explore the roots of the GOP power struggle. 


Teachable Instant: Fact, fiction & the 2016 election

Can we trust what the presidential candidates are telling us? How can we know what is true and not true? This brief classroom lesson explores fact-checking and the 2016 presidential campaign. 


Ahmed & the Clock

Students share their thoughts and feelings about the experience of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old boy, a Muslim, who was arrested when school staff feared that the clock he had constructed and brought to school was a bomb.  Students read and discuss tweets from #IStandwithAhmed and view a brief video about stereotypes and bias against Muslims. 


Teachable Instant: Clinton's 'Email-gate'

In this brief lesson, students learn about and discuss the controversy over Hillary Clinton's private email system as U.S. Secretary of State.


Europe's Refugee Debate

Students learn about the debate in Europe over how to handle the current influx of refugees, consider the difference between refugees and migrants, and reflect on a poem by one former refugee.



Our age-appropriate classroom lessons and activities for grades K-12 aim to deepen your students' understanding of September 11 and develop their critical thinking skills. The guide, written by Morningside Center executive director Tom Roderick, also includes recommended books and other teaching ideas. 


Teachable Instant: Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

In this brief activity, students consider how the storm, and the rebuilding of New Orleans, affected people differently, depending on their income and race. 


Teachable Instant: Refugee Crisis

Students learn some background about the surge of refugees pressing into Europe, view a 4-minute video about a group of refugees stranded in Hungary, consider how refugees may be feeling, and share their wishes for the refugees.


Teachable Instant: The Invisible Primary

This brief activity gets your class talking about the "money primary" and the 2016 presidential election.


Should Marijuana Be Decriminalized?

Two readings and discussion questions help students weigh arguments for and against marijuana legalization and consider whether marijuana laws are enforced in a racially discriminatory way.