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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
Exploring Cultural Points of View
Resolving Conflicts
September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City Teacher's Guide
Paper Doll Cut-Outs
Exploring Cross-Cultural Miscommunication
More Peace Printables

Peace Lesson Plans

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

Peace References

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

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
Middle East Primer
Palestinian-Israeli Peace Accord
War in the Middle East: A Reporter's Story Discussion Guide
The Iraq War Begins (2003)

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

Popular Diversity Printables, Grades K-5
The Misfits Teacher's Guide
Thinking about Prejudice
YMCA Word Search
Teaching Racism, Prejudice & Discrimination in America
The Roots of Women's Rights
The Fight Against Lynching
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
September 11 Remembrance Ribbon
More Resources on September 11

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October Calendar of Events
October is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Earth Science Week (10/11-17), Chemistry Week (10/18-24), Teen Read Week (10/18-24), Make a Difference Day (10/24), and Halloween (10/31). Plus, celebrate Bullying Prevention Month, Diversity Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities Month, and School Safety Month all October long!

Bullying Prevention Month
October is Bullying Prevention Month, and it's a crucial topic for teachers and administrators to address. Bullying can cause both physical and emotional harm, and it can range from inflicting physical abuse to cyber-bullying (the use of cell phones, social networking sites, and other forms of technology to cause emotional distress). Learn how to recognize several forms of bullying and teasing, and discover effective techniques for dealing with and preventing bullying in your classroom.

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