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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
American Patriotic Pencil Wrap
Paper Doll Cut-Outs
Treaty of Versailles
More Peace Printables

Peace Lesson Plans

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

Peace References

Ten Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World
Languages by Country
Amazing Language Facts
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 Iraq War Begins (2003)
Middle East Primer
Palestinian-Israeli Peace Accord
The Kite Runner Study Guide
War in the Middle East: A Reporter's Story Discussion Guide

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
Thinking about Prejudice
The Misfits Teacher's Guide
Prejudice: Balanced or Biased?
The Kindness-Catcher Camera
The Fight Against Lynching
Women in "Her" Story
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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Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It's (Thursday) November 26, this year. Use videos, lessons, and worksheets to teach the history and cultural significance of the holiday. Then, enjoy our crafts to celebrate and decorate!

December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

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: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

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.