Social Issues

Lesson Plan: Hawaii’s fix for food deserts via STEM Student Reporting Labs

Lesson Plan

Hawaii, for all its tropical splendor, is a relative food desert when it comes to native-grown produce. In this PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs STEM video “Aquaponics Hawaiian Style” to understand the importance of organic and urban farming in small spacescreate a sustainable agricultural system. Continue reading

Teaching resources for talking with teens about suicide

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There are a variety of mini-lessons and activities contained in this PBS NewsHour lesson on suicide prevention and awareness. You may wish to invite your school counselor to your class, and let your administrator know you are teaching about suicide. Continue reading

How the news, Netflix and social media influence how schools talk about suicide

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Over the last decade, the suicide rate among teenagers in the U.S. has increased. Use this lesson to discuss the role the media plays in discussions on suicide prevention and awareness. Continue reading

Lesson plan: After helping Pilgrims at Plymouth, today’s Wampanoags fight for their ancestral lands

Lesson Plan

Students will examine current issues facing the Wampanoag people, the ancestors of the Native American tribes who welcomed the Pilgrims, including the continued fight for their ancestral lands and the preservation of their native language. Continue reading

Elevate student voice by teaching the power of listening

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This Thanksgiving, teach students the importance of storytelling, and most of all, listening. Based on StoryCorp’s The Great Thanksgiving Listen, students will record an interview with an elder relative, hone interview and listening skills and become part of America’s great oral history project. Continue reading

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