Lessons

These robust, ready-to-use classroom lessons offer breadth and depth, spanning essential social justice topics and reinforcing critical social emotional learning skills.

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60 LESSONS

STEM for All

In this lesson, students consider some of the advantages of a career in STEM. As a class, they plan activities in support of the idea of “STEM for all.”
Grade Level
3-5
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Math & Technology
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain

STEM by the Numbers

In this lesson, students use data to analyze the participation of white, black, Asian and Hispanic men and women in STEM careers as compared with their participation in the general workforce. They then discuss the possible reasons identity groups are unequally represented in STEM careers.
Grade Level
3-5
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Math & Technology
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain

STEM at Work

In this lesson, students explore the varied work of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, and discuss character traits common to all of them. Students meet a diverse group of scientists—inventors, problem-solvers and those who explain the world around us.
Grade Level
3-5
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Math & Technology
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain

Who, Me? A Scientist?

In this lesson, students get in touch with their “inner scientists,” first by viewing a video of a 4-year-old solving a complex problem and then by working together to explain a discrepant event. Students also consider attributes shared by many scientists: curiosity, perseverance and the ability to problem-solve.
Grade Level
3-5
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Math & Technology
Science & Health
Social Justice Domain

Let’s Talk About Lula: Using Chapter 12 of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to Explore Multiple Perspectives

This lesson focuses on Chapter 12 of To Kill A Mockingbird, which provides a brief moment where students can see the reaction of one African-American character, Lula. Spending time looking at and understanding Lula’s anger toward Scout and Jem is critical to teaching this novel.
Grade Level

The New Mad Men

“The New Mad Men” explores how changing demographics in the United States have changed the face of advertising. In particular, the focus is on the purchasing power of the 54 million Latinx people currently living in the United States. The episode visits the headquarters of LatinWorks, an advertising agency in Austin, Texas, with a specialty in multicultural advertising.
Grade Level

Women’s Suffrage

This lesson is the fourth in a series called Expanding Voting Rights. The overall goal of the series is for students to explore the complicated history of voting rights in the United States. Two characteristics of that history stand out: First, in fits and starts, more and more Americans have gained the right to vote. Second, over time, the federal government's role in securing these rights has expanded considerably.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Civics
Social Justice Domain