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International Day of Peace – Teacher Resources

This day gives you the chance to help students look at their own role in maintaining world peace. Celebrated September 21, it's a day worth remembering all year long. You'll find lesson plans, printable, references, and activities on a variety of peace-related resources, like Middle-Eastern conflict, dealing with war, classroom conflict, September 11, tolerance, discrimination, and more.

Peace Printables

Feeling Words Chart
Resolving Conflicts
Exploring Cultural Points of View
Paper Doll Cut-Outs
September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City Teacher's Guide
Three Cups of Tea & Listen to the Wind Discussion Guide
More Peace Printables

Peace Lesson Plans

What Is War?
What Is Veterans Day?
Perspectives on War
Perspectives on Peace

Peace References

Amazing Language Facts
Ten Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World
Languages by Country
Jerry Spinelli on Milkweed

Dealing with War

Dealing with War in the Classroom

Middle-Eastern Conflict

September 11, 2001: Fourteenth Anniversary
A Thousand Splendid Suns Teacher's Guide
The Kite Runner Study Guide
War in the Middle East: A Reporter's Story Discussion Guide
The Iraq War Begins (2003)
Middle East Primer
Palestinian-Israeli Peace Accord

Classroom Conflict

Popular Conflict Resolution Resources
Exploring the Nature of Conflict
What's So Bad or Good About Conflict?
Responding to Conflict Amongst Young Children
Five Styles of Handling Children's Conflicts
Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Picture the Conflict
More Popular Resources on Classroom Conflict

Tolerance & Discrimination

Teaching Racism, Prejudice & Discrimination in America
Popular Diversity Printables, Grades K-5
The Misfits Teacher's Guide
How to Talk To Children About Stereotypes
Candy Shop Discussion & Activity Guide
Jackie Robinson Resources
Prejudice: Balanced or Biased?
More Popular Resources on Classroom Conflict

Resources on September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001 Timeline
Teacher's Guide to America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001–The Day the Towers Fell
September 11: A Testimony
September 11th Reading Warm-Up
Understanding September 11th
Q&A with Author Don Brown on Teaching September 11: Ten Years Later
September 11 Remembrance Ribbon
More Resources on September 11


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: World War I Began (7/28/1914) and 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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