Grade: Middle School
NBA player Jason Collins recently became the first openly gay athete in a major American team sport. In this activity, students read some of Collins' coming out statement, discuss it, and then consider their views on the impact coming out can have, both personally and for society.
President Obama's recent proposal to cut Social Security's cost-of-living increases is part of a major national debate, but one that many students know little about. In this activity, students find out about Social Security by interviewing a senior family member or friend about it, and through reading and small and large-group discussion.
Our guidelines for talking with children about sensitive issues and suggestions for countering anti-Muslim or anti-Arab bias may be helpful in the wake of the Boston Marathon attack.
Planning an Earth Day teach-in in your classroom? See our collection of Earth Day lessons!
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A selection of activities to help you and your class mark Respect for All Week, February 11-15, 2013.
A conflict resolution word-find game!
Jinnie Spiegler, a parent and education activist, offers suggestions for parents who want to talk with their children about what happened in Newtown.
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