Lesson PlansBack to lesson plans archive August 30, 2014
Labor Day resources – Lesson Plan
Looking for powerful Labor Day lesson plans and resources? Help students understand the history of the labor movement and its relevance today at home and around the world.
Use this lesson to help students learn about the history of labor movements and their relevance today. Engage students in the basics of labor negotiations through the lens of professional sports and a simulation activity that puts students in the seat of negotiators.
NPR’s Planet Money decided to make a t-shirt and follow the process of its creation around the globe. This lesson plan takes your class along for the ride by interspersing activities with NPR’s exciting video tour around the world. For general education classrooms and ID classrooms.
Expose students to child labor practices in Burkina Faso and learn how the struggle for basic human rights continues today for millions of children worldwide. This lesson offers a foundation in human rights through short films and activities focused on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“You can buy a child for lesser price than an animal. The buffaloes and cows are much more expensive than buying a child to work full-time and for the whole of his life.” – Kailash Satyarthi, children’s rights activist. Use this Daily Video to help students understand the challenges child laborers face across the globe.
In this simulation, students will authentically experience what it is like to work on an assembly line. First, they will be asked to create their own t-shirt design for homework. The next day in class they will be part of an assembly line to mass produce t-shirts. Their reflection on the experience will help them to better understand the realities of one part of the economic/resource system that they participate in as consumers.
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Lesson Plan: How to create a balanced budget — it’s a ‘Balancing Act’
How do we know that our government is fulfilling its duties to us, the public? How do we decide what those duties are? As efforts to pass the federal budget get underway, students will have the power to re-prioritize how money is spent using the interactive tool Balancing Act. What changes will they make? Continue readingBalancing ActBudgetbusiness educationEconomicseconomyfederal budgetFederal GovernmentGovernment & CivicshistoryPresidentSocial StudiesState Governmenttaxes
Young conservatives: Climate change is an issue for all of us
There is a growing movement among young conservatives, including evangelical Christians, who support environmental regulations. They say it’s important to act as faithful stewards of the earth. One group, the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, has grown to 10,000 members in the past five years. Continue readingcarbon taxChristianityclimate changeclimate scienceconservatismconservativeevangelicalfossil fuelsGlobal WarmingGovernment & CivicsideologyPoliticsReligionScienceSocial Studies
Should seat belts be mandatory on school buses?
School districts around the country are debating whether or not to require seat belts on school buses. Requiring seat belts comes at a high cost for school districts already struggling with tight budgets. Continue readingbusDebateenglishEnglish & Language ArtsMaking the Gradeschool busschool busesschool safetyseat beltSocial Studies
Lesson plan: What’s your “Brief but Spectacular” take?
Every Thursday night, the PBS NewsHour profiles people and their passions in the series Brief but Spectacular. Creator Steve Goldbloom and his producing partner Zach Land-Miller wanted to find a new way to share original voices the public might otherwise not see. Now you can join the fun… Continue readingbrief but spectacularELAenglishEnglish & Language ArtsEnglish language learnersfilmIdentitySocial Studiesvideo
Lesson Plan: Storm chasing reveals clues to our weather future
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