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Heroes – Resources for Teachers

Discover the impact of heroes past and present, with these lessons, activities, and printables. Honor veterans, civil-rights activists, suffragists, medical personnel, community workers, family members, and more. Find creative writing activities about the immigrant experience, historical time lines of the civil rights movement, slideshows of famous women suffragists, art activities for celebrating community helpers, lesson plans for learning more about wars and the soldiers who fight them, and much more.

War Heroes & Veterans

U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor
Origin of Veterans Day Worksheet
Veterans Day Newspaper
Veterans of U.S. Wars and Their Dependents
The Story of Veterans Day
Last Living Veterans of America's Wars
What Is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day Comprehension Questions
Veterans Day – Teacher Resources
Memorial Day Teacher Resources
More Resources on Veterans

Suffragists & Women's-Rights Heroes

Leaders in U.S. Women's Suffrage Movement
Women's History Videos & Activities
Women's Rights, Suffrage & Equality
Queen Elizabeth II Quiz
Top 15 Women's History Month Activities
Declaration of Sentiments
Notable Quotes by Women
International Women's Day
Learn About Susan B. Anthony
Women's Right to Vote Little Book
More Resources on Women's Suffrage & Equality

Other Heroes of Women's History

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
Betsy Ross Little Book
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Hero/Heroine Writing Activity
Designing a Quilt Pattern
The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
The Miracle Worker
The Keeping Quilt
Fastest Woman in the World: Wilma Rudolph
The Miracle Worker: Synopsis, Ideas, and Writing Connections
More U.S. Women's History Resources

Civil-Rights Heroes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Videos & Activities
Nelson Mandela Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Rosa Parks Coloring Page
Martin Luther King Jr Coloring Page
Martin Luther King Jr. Wordsearch
Jackie Robinson and Civil Rights
All About Martin Luther King Jr. Quiz
Pictorial Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King's Life
Know Your Rights
More Popular Resources on Civil Rights

Other African-American Heroes

African Folk Tales: Background Information
Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities
Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
The Melting Pot -- Is It What We Want?
Tap Your Feet
African Tribal Masks
A Raisin in the Sun
Juneteenth - African Americans Wordsearch
Top 10 Black History Month Worksheets (6-12)
More Black History Month Resources

Community Helpers

Community Helpers: Matching
Fire Department Word Search
Freddie the Firefighter
Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms
Community Helpers Writing Activity
Community Helpers
Influencing Others in Our World
Community Outreach Ideas for Music in Our Schools Month
Service-Learning Case Study: Chico, CA
Use Service-Learning to Enhance Your Curriculum
More Resources on Community Helpers


Nurse/EMT Hat
Appreciation Cards


Florence Nightingale Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
The Gingerbread Man
Occupations with the Largest Job Growth, 2004–2014
National Labor Organizations


I Want to Be a Doctor
Doctor and Dentist Patterns
Elizabeth Blackwell Biography
Jerry Spinelli Biography
African-American Scientists
Women and Work
Business Then and Now


Substitute Teacher Information
Miss Nelson is Missing
Parent/Teacher Relations
Educational Quotes
Tissue over Bottles
Job Hunter Guide for Music Teachers
Getting a Good Recommendation
Administrative Expectations
Assess the Program Before You Accept the Job: Seven Areas
Preparing for the Interview
More Resources about Teachers


My Family
Your Family Tree, Version 1
Mother's Day Writing Ideas
Mother's Day Plaque
Promise Coupon
Mother's Day Card
Mother's Day Worksheet
Mother's Day Printable Book (K-3)
Roses for Mother's Day
A Chair for My Mother
More Mother's Day


Top 10 Father's Day Worksheets (K-3)
Father's Day Card
A Father's Day Card
Make a Father's Day Card
Father's Day Presents
Father's Day Quiz
Animal Fathers
Favorite Father's Day Activities Slideshow
More Father's Day Resources

Other Resources about Heroes

Firefighter's Hat
An Autobiographical Poem
Coloring Book of African-Americans Slideshow
Police Officer Hat
Flag Facts
We Beat the Street Discussion Guide
Top 10 Heroes of Greek Mythology
Activities to Honor Heroes
Who's in the News Bulletin Board
Patriotic Shield


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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